Michael Caine Visits Armenia, Surprises Diners at Yerevan Restaurant

Michael Caine and his wife, Shakira, with two other diners at Dolmama

Michael Caine and his wife, Shakira, with two other diners at Dolmama

YEREVAN (Armenpress) — The visit of British actor Michael Caine to Yerevan’s Dolmama restaurant had not been planned in advance and came as a surprise.

“One of our employers who is a film-lover noted him while we were wondering if the visitor is Michael Caine or not,” a restaurant employer told, adding that he entered the restaurant without an entourage or any fuss.

On the evening of September 21, Caine posted in his Twitter feed “Hello from beautiful Armenia” and some hours later posted “Leaving Armenia for London.”

Caine is renowned for his distinctive working class cockney accent. He has appeared in more than 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon. He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in a number of acclaimed British films, including “Zulu” (1964), “The Ipcress File” (1965), “Alfie” (1966), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, “The Italian Job” (1969), and “Battle of Britain” (1969).

His most notable roles in the 1970s included “Get Carter” (1971), “The Last Valley,” “Sleuth” (1972), for which he earned his second Academy Award nomination, “The Man Who Would Be King” (1975), and “A Bridge Too Far” (1977).

He achieved some of his greatest critical success in the 1980s, with “Educating Rita” (1983) earning him the BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In 1986, he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters.” Caine played Ebenezer Scrooge in “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992).

Having by that time practically retired from acting on the big screen, he enjoyed a career resurgence in the late 1990s, receiving his second Golden Globe Award for his performance in Little Voice in 1998 and receiving his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Cider House Rules the following year. Caine played Nigel Powers in the 2002 parody Austin Powers in Goldmember, and Alfred Pennyworth in Christopher Nolan’s Batman film series. He appeared in several other of Nolan’s films including The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010), and Interstellar (2014).

He also appeared as a supporting character in Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men and Pixar’s 2011 film Cars 2.

As of 2015, films in which he has starred have grossed over $7.4 billion worldwide.

Caine is ranked the ninth highest grossing box office star.

In 2000, Caine was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his contribution to cinema.