Actor Michael Caine, the quintessential British gentleman, turns 80 this week and has no plans to retire after making 150 films and winning two Oscars.

Caine, born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite to a poor London family on March 14, 1933, made his cinematic debut in 1956's "A Hill in Korea" and appeared as Batman's British butler in last year's "The Dark Knight Rises."

London reveres the iconic actor, who is known for his Cockney accent and was knighted in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II.

"I was born a rebel and I end up adorning a museum," the actor said, referring to the exhibit on his career at the Museum of London.

Caine, who grew up in the working class Bermondsey section of London, had to overcome numerous obstacles on the path to fame.

The actor had to deal with his Cockney accent, poverty and the fact that his father, a fishmarket porter, was of Irish origin.

Caine tweaked his accent and won the lead in "Alfie" (1966), earning his first Oscar nomination and becoming a star.

The actor also played a sophisticated thief in "The Italian Job" (1969) and starred in "Educating Rita" (1983) as a teacher, earning his first Golden Globe and a Bafta as best supporting actor. EFE