23 Michael Caine. Michael Caine. The following is a partial list of people who have declined a British honour, such as a knighthood or other grade of honour.. Anwar Hussein Getty Images. Michael Caine has been knighted by the queen, and anointed by the academy. But in … ... 2000, when he was knighted, that surely the Queen knocked the chip off his shoulder with her sword. Michael Caine British actor Michael Caine, holds his insignia after receiving a knighthood from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London Thursday, November 16, 2000. Michael Caine British actor Michael Caine, holds his insignia after receiving a knighthood from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London Thursday, November 16, 2000. Knighthood. Michael Caine British actor Michael Caine, holds his insignia after receiving a knighthood from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London Thursday, November 16, 2000. The Dark Knight star was yes, knighted, in 2000. But to accept one of his country's most prestigious honors, the Oscar-winning actor reverted to his real name Thursday and was knighted … He found fame as Michael Caine. As of February 2017, the films in which he has appeared have grossed over $7.8 billion worldwide. 2000: Michael Caine and his wife Shakira after he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace as Sir Maurice Micklewhite. Yet, the two-time Oscar winner, with more than 100 movies to his credit, … E veryone can do a Michael Caine impersonation. Sir Michael Caine CBE (born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr., 14 March 1933) is an English actor.Known for his distinctive Cockney accent, he has appeared in more than 130 films during a career spanning over 60 years, and is considered a British film icon. The prolific actor was knighted for his contribution to cinema in 2000, the same year that he received a BAFTA fellowship. Queen Elizabeth honored Caine with a knighthood in 2000. 24 Bill Gates. CHRIS YOUNG Getty Images. The 67-year-old actor used his real name during the ceremony with the Queen but will be known professionally as Sir Michael Caine. He used his real name, Maurice Micklewhite, as a tribute to his father with the same moniker. Michael Caine. In most cases, the offer of an honour was rejected privately. Some do it extremely well. He is ranked at No.