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Michael Caine on TV: How His Star Power Went Beyond the Big Screen

By    |   Wednesday, 29 April 2015 12:22 PM

When people hear the name Michael Caine, they might think about the movies he's acted in. But Michael Caine has also played numerous roles on TV as well.

Here are a few of his most memorable ones:

"Jekyll & Hyde"

In 1990 he appeared in a mini-series called "Jekyll & Hyde," which was a retelling of the classic story. Caine starred as the two-sided main character himself. For portraying the troubled Doctored Jekyll and maniacally violent, unpredictable Dr. Hyde, Caine garnered a Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

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In a review in The New York Times, John J. O'Connor called Caine's performance "adept" and "charming." He added, "Mr. Caine has a grand old time chewing the scenery."

"Jack the Ripper"

Caine won the Golden Globe for his 1988 TV role in the mini-series "Jack the Ripper," which chronicled the story of a Scotland Yard Detective (Caine) and his hunt for the notorious killer.

His performance received substantial praise, yet he almost never took the role according to an interview with Roger Ebert. "For 25 years, I've said I would never do a mini-series, but this was too good to pass up," he said.

More mini-series roles

It seems that the singular role of "Jack the Ripper" reshaped Caine's opinions about the whole mini-series genre. Thereafter, he would go on to star in multiple TV mini-series, including "Mandela and de Klerk," "World War 2: When Lions Roared," and a remaking of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." For those TV roles, he collectively took home two Golden Globe and two Primetime Emmy nominations.

Various TV series

Caine also made many television appearances earlier in his career, before his movie career was firmly established. He had recurring spots on several BBC shows in the 50s like, "BBC Sunday Night Theatre," which was a series of televised plays, guest spots on "Dixon of Dock Green," a British crime series, and bit parts in "The Adventures of William Tell," an adventure show about pirates. In fact, he appeared on television in over 20 different series in every decade since 1950 through the 2000s, save for the 90s.

It's the culmination of his ubiquitous film career in conjunction with his impressive TV roles that have truly made Michael Caine a household name. His work is so lengthy according to this retrospective in The Telegraph, he just might be the most important British film star: "Michael Caine is the best, most important, and most versatile film star that Britain has ever produced."

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