Sir Michael Caine CBE is an English film actor. Caine has appeared in more than one hundred films, and is one of only two actors to have received Academy Award nominations for acting (leading or supporting) in every decade since the 1960s (Jack Nicholson is the other). Considered one of British cinema’s elite actors, he became known for a number of notable critically acclaimed performances, particularly in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s in films such as Zulu (1964), The Ipcress File (1965), Billion Dollar Brain (1967) and others as Harry Palmer, the woman-chasing title character in Alfie (1966), The Italian Job (1969), Get Carter (1971), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Educating Rita (1983), Oscar-winning performances for supporting actor in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and The Cider House Rules (1999), as Nigel Powers in the spoof Austin Powers in Goldmember (2003), and more recently as Alfred Pennyworth, the butler from the Batman film series. Caine was knighted in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his contribution to cinema. He is noted for retaining his strong cockney accent.