City honour for Sir Michael Caine
Published 08/03/2013 | 14:51
Sir Michael Caine has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London, as an exhibition opened to celebrate the actor's glittering career.
The Hollywood star, who turns 80 next week, was recognised by the City of London Corporation for his achievement in film with the honour, which dates back to the 13th Century.
It coincided with the display of family photographs and portraits of the London-born actor by David Bailey and Terry O'Neill, plus a selection of film and audio footage from his best-loved movies, at the Museum of London.
Sir Michael was presented with his award during a special service conducted by the Clerk of the Chamberlain's Court at the Museum's City Gallery.
Speaking ahead of the exhibition, Sir Michael said: "I think the museum is great for London, and I am so proud to be included."
The Freedom of the City of London is believed to have started in 1237 and is granted to those who have made outstanding contributions to London life.
Sir Michael was born Maurice Micklewhite Jnr in Rotherhithe, south-east London, the son of a Billingsgate fish market porter. After making his film debut in A Hill In Korea (1956), the actor received his big break in the 1964 film Zulu. He has now featured in more than 100 films, with his latest offering, Now You See Me, to be released in June. It also stars Morgan Freeman and Jesse Eisenberg.
The exhibition of his life and work runs until July 14 and entry is free.
Ahead of its launch, the Museum of London has given film fans the chance to vote for their favourite of Sir Michael's films, with the top four movies being screened for free in London between April and July.
The online voting closes at 5pm on March 14 - the date of Sir Michael's 80th birthday - and the winning films and a schedule of screenings will be revealed on March 20. To vote visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk/MichaelCaine.