In 1965, Caine got his first big break playing spy Harry Palmer in The Icress File, launching the successful franchise. He also received much praise (and the first of his six Oscar nominations) for the lead role in Alfie (1966).
Caine has consistently been one of the busiest actors working, taking on a variety of roles in such films as Get Carter (1971), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Dressed to Kill (1980) and Educating Rita (1983). He's won two Best Supporting Actor Oscars, for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and The Cider House Rules (1999). In 2000, Caine was knighted for his contributions to the performing arts.