Maxwell Caulfield

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Maxwell Caulfield
Maxwell Caulfield (cropped).jpg
Born (1959-11-23) 23 November 1959 (age 56)
Duffield, Derbyshire, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Juliet Mills (1980–present)

Maxwell Caulfield (born 23 November 1959) is a British-American film, stage, and television actor who is based in the United States. He has appeared in films such as Grease 2 (1982), Electric Dreams (1984), The Boys Next Door (1985), The Supernaturals (1986), Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989), Waxwork 2 (1992), Gettysburg (1993), Empire Records (1995), The Real Blonde (1997), and The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997).

From 28 May 2015, Caufield began touring Australia with his wife Juliet Mills and her sister Hayley Mills in the comedy Legends! by Pulitzer Prize winner James Kirkwood. He voiced James Bond in the video game 007: Nightfire (2002).

Early life[edit]

Caulfield was born on 23 November 1959 in Duffield, Derbyshire—although he later claimed birth in Glasgow, reportedly to be "more interesting".[1] Although not a child actor per se, aged around seven he played "Ted" (using the pseudonym Maxwell Findlater) in the 1967 film, Accident. The film's screenplay was written by Harold Pinter. The film starred Stanley Baker, Dirk Bogarde and Michael York.[2]

The actor's American stepfather, Peter Maclaine, a former marine, reportedly kicked Caulfield out of the house at the age of 15. Maxwell's mother had a child with Peter Maclaine, Marcus, who is Maxwell's half brother. Caulfield became an exotic dancer at London's Windmill Theatre in order to obtain an Equity card enabling him to work as an actor. Later he got his green card through his stepfather.[3] He took his stage surname, Caulfield, from the character in J.D. Salinger's novel Catcher in the Rye. In 1980, Caulfield, then 21, became the third husband of actress Juliet Mills, who is 18 years his senior.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married since 1980 to actress Juliet Mills, 18 years his senior, making him son-in-law of veteran actor Sir John Mills and writer Mary, Lady Mills. He is brother-in-law to his wife's siblings, Jonathan Mills and actress Hayley Mills, and uncle to Hayley Mills' sons, Crispian Mills (lead singer of indie band Kula Shaker), and Jason Lawson. Caulfield is stepfather to Melissa (née Miklenda; Mills' daughter from her second marriage) and Sean Caulfield (born Sean Alquist; Mills' son from her first marriage).[4]

Maxwell Caulfield became a naturalized United States citizen on September 5, 1991, Court District: Central District of California, Court Place: Los Angeles, California, USA (Petition Number: 00893343)


Caulfield made his New York City debut in Hot Rock Hotel (1978) after moving from the UK to the United States, and the following year made his stage debut in Class Enemy (1979), in which he bagged the lead role (Players Theatre, West Village); he won a Theatre World Award for his performance.[5] He made his Los Angeles debut in Hitting Town (1980); and took a role in The Elephant Man (1980) the same year, which was when he met Juliet Mills.[5]

Caulfield made his debut Off-Broadway as the amoral titular drifter in Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane (1981), appearing alongside Joseph Maher and Barbara Bryne. His performance was widely praised:

"Maxwell Caulfield is the ideal spider in the web", wrote one critic, saying he [Caulfield] was "as disarming of himself as he is of others - which gives this revival that tragic tinge of great comedy."[2][6]

He made his Broadway debut in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls opposite Siân Phillips.[2] He played opposite Jessica Tandy and Elizabeth Wilson in Salonika at the Public Theater in New York (appearing fully nude for most of the play).[2] He appeared in Joe Orton's black comedy Loot at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.[5] In 2006 he drew attention for his bare-chested scene in the Off-Broadway two-hander Tryst, opposite Amelia Campbell. In 2007, he performed in the Charles Busch play, Our Leading Lady, opposite Kate Mulgrew.

In 2007, he also made his West End stage debut as Billy Flynn in the long-running London production of Chicago; he then resumed the roll of Flynn for the Broadway production of Chicago in November 2007.[7] Alongside Lois Robbins, Caulfield - playing the character of Julian Winston - finished up an off-Broadway production of the comedy Cactus Flower (2011).[8]


Caulfield has appeared on Dynasty (1985-86), The Colbys (1986-87), Murder, She Wrote (1988–91), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), The Rockford Files (1996), Spider-Man (1995-98), Casualty (2003-04), Emmerdale (2009-10), and NCIS (2013), among other television programs.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 Those Who Wander Rex
2013 The Right Regrets Chris Wickham Short Film
2009 Dire Wolf Sheriff Parker
2007 Nightmare City 2035 Alex McDowell
2007 Cry of the Winged Serpent Griffin
2006 Dog Lover's Symphony Tom
2004 Dragon Storm Silas
2001 The Hit Keith
2001 Facing the Enemy Harlan Moss
2000 Submerged Agent Jim Carpenter
2000 The Perfect Tenant Daniel Summer
2000 Overnight Sensation Mark Connor
1999 More to Love Barry Gordon
1999 Smut
1999 Dazzle Tom
1997 Divine Lovers Jeff Thompson
1997 The Man Who Knew Too Little British Agent
1997 The Real Blonde Bob
1996 Prey of the Jaguar Derek Leigh / The Jaguar
1996 Oblivion 2: Backlash Sweeney
1995 Empire Records Rex Manning
1994 Inevitable Grace
1993 No Escape No Return William Robert Sloan
1993 Gettysburg Col. Strong Vincent
1993 Calendar Girl Man in Bathrobe
1993 Midnight Witmess Garland
1993 Alien Intruder Nick
1992 Exiled in America Joe Moore
1992 Animal Instincts David Cole
1992 Dance with Death Shaughnessy
1992 Waxwork 2 Mickey
1990 Fatal Sky George Abbott
1989 Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat Shane
1989 Mind Games Eric Garrison
1986 The Supernaturals Pvt. Ray Ellis
1985 The Boys Next Door Roy Alston
1984 Electric Dreams Bill
1982 Grease 2 Michael Carrington
1967 Accident Ted Credited under the name Maxwell Findlater


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Castle Sir Ian Rasher Episode: "The Wrong Stuff"
2013 NCIS Dr. Madison Fielding Episode: "Revenge"
2013 Modern Family Professor Cooke Episode: "Bad Hair Day"
2013 DeVanity Richard DeVanity 2 episodes
2009-10 Emmerdale Mark Wylde 158 episodes
2006 The Great San Francisco Earthquake Mayor Schmitz TV Movie
2004 Holby City Jim Brodie Episode: "Casualty @ Holby City: Part 2"
2003-4 Casualty Jim Brodie 58 episodes
2000-01 Strip Mall Rafe Barrett 22 episodes
2000 Son of the Beach Stevens Episode: "A Star is Boned"
2000 La Femme Nikita Helmut Volker 2 episodes
2000 Missing Pieces Stuart TV Movie
1999 The Nanny Rodney Pembroke Episode: "The Fran in the Mirror"
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Armand Episode: "True Course"
1998 Mike Hammer, Private Eye Tony Berelli Episode: "The Maya Connection"
1998 Veronica's Closet Brian Episode: "Veronica's Bridal Shower"
1995-98 Spider-Man Alistair Smythe 19 episodes
1997 All My Children Pierce Riley 2 episodes
1996 Spider-Man Alistair Smythe Animated Film: "Spider-Man: Sins of the Fathers"
1996 The Rockford Files Ian Levin TV Movie
1996 The Lazarus Man Episode: "The Boy General"
1994 Sirens Maxwell Caulfield Episode: "Crossing the Line"
1994 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Andrew Strauss / David Lewis 2 episodes
1991 Dynasty: The Reunion Miles Colby TV Movie
1988-91 Murder, She Wrote Derek Padley/Roger Travis 2 episodes
1990 Counterstrike Van Gelder Episode: "Regal Connection"
1990 Monsters Episode: "Cellmates"
1990 Beverly Hills, 90210 Jason Croft Pilot Movie: "Class of Beverly Hills"
1990 Blue Bayou Phil Serulla TV Movie
1989 Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again Alain Marais TV Miniseries
1985-87 The Colbys Miles Colby 49 episodes
1987 Hotel Alex Morrison Episode: "Pitfalls"
1985-86 Dynasty Miles Colby 8 episodes
1984 The Parade Jeff TV Movie
1983 Journey's End Captain Stanhope TV Movie
1983 The Powers of Matthew Star Scotty Ferguson Episode: "Starr Knight"
1980 Ryan's Hope Punk 4 episodes

Audiobooks (narrator)[edit]

Music (as vocalist)[edit]

  • 1995: "Say No More (Mon Amore)" in Alan Moyle's Empire Records (as Rex Manning)
  • 1982: "Charades" on the Grease 2 soundtrack (as Michael Carrington)
  • 1982: "(Love Will) Turn Back the Hands of Time" with Michelle Pfeiffer on the Grease 2 soundtrack
  • 1982: "Who's That Guy?" with Cast on the Grease 2 soundtrack
  • 1982: "Reproduction" with Cast on the Grease 2 soundtrack
  • 1982: "Rock-A-Hula-Luau (Summer is Coming)" with Cast on the Grease 2 soundtrack
  • 1982: "We'll Be Together" with Cast on the Grease 2 soundtrack




  1. ^ Place of birth as per ITV's Loose Women, 23 February 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Panarello, Joseph F., "Maxwell Caulfield Bares His Soul",, 18 April 2006
  3. ^
  4. ^ Maxwell Caulfield biography at; accessed 10 April 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Celebrity Profiles, Maxwell Caulfield in SuperiorPics; accessed 12 April 2011.
  6. ^ Review of Entertaining Mr. Sloane,, 4 September 1981.
  7. ^ Chicago, [website], "Maxwell Caulfield, Jeff McCarthy on Deck to Play Billy Flynn in Chicago", 1 November 2007.
  8. ^ Gans, Andrew, "Cactus Flower, With Maxwell Caulfield and Lois Robbins, to End-Off Broadway Run", 5 April 2011.
  9. ^ Maxwell Caulfield at the Internet Movie Database

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