Caulfield in 2010
23 November 1959
|Other names||Maxwell Findlater|
Maxwell Caulfield (né Newby; born 23 November 1959) is a British-American film, stage, and television actor and singer. He has appeared in 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). He recently appeared as the King in A Prince for Christmas (2015).
Beginning 28 May 2015, he toured Australia with his wife, Juliet Mills, and sister-in-law, Hayley Mills, in the comedy Legends! by Pulitzer Prize winner James Kirkwood. He voiced James Bond in the video game James Bond 007: Nightfire (2002).
Maxwell Newby was born on 23 November 1959 in Belper, Derbyshire to Peter Newby and Oriole Rosalind (née Findlater) — although he later claimed to be a native of Glasgow, reportedly to be "more interesting". By 1965, his parents had divorced. Although not a working child actor, aged around 7, he played "Ted" (under the name 'Maxwell Findlater', using his mother's maiden name) in the 1967 film, Accident. The film's screenplay was written by Harold Pinter and starred Stanley Baker, Dirk Bogarde and Michael York.
The actor's American stepfather, Peter Maclaine, a former Marine, reportedly kicked Caulfield out of the house at the age of 15. Caulfield became an exotic dancer at London's Windmill Theatre to obtain an Equity card enabling him to work as an actor. Later he got his green card through his stepfather. He took his stage surname, Caulfield, from the character in J.D. Salinger's novel Catcher in the Rye.
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. 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 future wife Juliet Mills.
In the early 1980s, Caulfield was an active member of the Mirror Repertory Company, part of The Mirror Theater Ltd, performing in numerous repertory productions including Paradise Lost, Rain, Inheritors, and The Hasty Heart. He made his debut Off-Broadway as the sexy amoral homicidal titular drifter in Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane in 1981, 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."
He made his Broadway debut in J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls opposite Siân Phillips. He played opposite Jessica Tandy and Elizabeth Wilson in Salonika at the Public Theater in New York City (appearing fully nude for much of the play). He appeared in Joe Orton's black comedy Loot at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. 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 made his West End stage debut as Billy Flynn in the long-running London production of Chicago; he then resumed the role of Flynn for the Broadway production of Chicago in November 2007. Alongside Lois Robbins, Caulfield – playing the character of Julian Winston – finished up an Off-Broadway production of the comedy Cactus Flower (2011).
Caulfield has appeared on Dynasty (1985–86), The Colbys (1985–87), 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). He guest starred in Modern Family (season 4, episode 16, "Bad Hair Day") playing Claire's ex-boyfriend and college professor, among other television programs.
Caulfield has been married since 1980 to actress Juliet Mills, daughter of actor Sir John Mills and writer Lady Mills (née Mary Hayley Bell), and brother-in-law of Jonathan Mills and actress Hayley Mills. 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).
He became a naturalized United States citizen on 5 September 1991.
|1978||Hot Rock Hotel||Demetrius||Truck and Warehouse Theatre, New York City|
|1979||Class Enemy||Iron (Herron)||Off-Broadway: Players' Theatre, West Village, New York City|
|1980||The Elephant Man||John Merrick||Florida Tour|
|1980||Hitting Town||Ralph||Zephyr Theatre, Los Angeles|
|1980||Crimes and Dreams||Frazer||Off-Broadway: Theater Four, New York City|
|1981-82||Entertaining Mr Sloane||Sloane||Off-Broadway: Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City|
|1982||Journey's End||Captain Stanhope||Cast Theatre, Los Angeles|
|1983||1984||Winston Smith||Cast Theatre, Los Angeles|
|1983||Paradise Lost||Ben Gordon||Theatre at St. Peters Church, New York City|
|1983||Inheritors||Horace||Theatre at St. Peters Church, New York City|
|1985||Salonika||Peter||Off-Broadway: The Public Theater, New York City|
|1987||Loot||Dennis||Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles|
|1987||Entertaining Mr Sloane||Sloane||Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles|
|1988||Sleuth||Milo Tindle||US National Tour|
|1991||Never the Sinner||Richard Loeb||Citadel Theatre, Edmonton (Canada)|
|1995||An Inspector Calls||Gerald Croft||Broadway: Royale Theatre, New York City|
|1995||Sweet Bird of Youth||Chance Wayne||Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts|
|1997||My Night with Reg||John||Off-Broadway: INTAR Theatre, New York City|
|1998||Dial M for Murder||Cape Cod Playhouse, Dennis, Massachusetts|
|2002||He Hunts||Duchotel||Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles|
|2006||Tryst||George Love||Off-Broadway: Promenade Theatre, New York City|
|2006||My Deah||Gator Hedgepeth||Off-Broadway: June Havoc Theatre, New York City|
|2007||Our Leading Lady||Harry Hawk||Off-Broadway: New York City Center - Stage II, New York City|
|2007||La Cage aux Folles||Georges||Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit, Maine|
|2007||Chicago||Billy Flynn||West End: Cambridge Theatre, London|
|2007||Chicago||Billy Flynn||Broadway: Ambassador Theatre, New York City|
|2008||A Little Night Music||Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm||Center Stage, Baltimore|
|2010||Bedroom Farce||Nick||UK National Tour|
|2010||The Rocky Horror Show||The Narrator||UK National Tour|
|2011||Cactus Flower||Dr. Julian Winston||Off-Broadway: Westside Theatre, New York City|
|2013-14||Singin' in the Rain||R.F. Simpson||UK National Tour|
|2015||The Odd Couple||Felix Ungar||Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach, California|
|2015||My Fair Lady||Henry Higgins||Atwood Concert Hall, Anchorage, Alaska|
|2016||Guys and Dolls||Nathan Detroit||UK National Tour|
|2018||Hangmen||Albert||Off-Broadway: Linda Gross Theater, New York City|
|2019||The Lady Vanishes||Dr. Hartz||UK National Tour|
|1967||Accident||Ted||Credited as Maxwell Findlater|
|1982||Grease 2||Michael Carrington|
|1985||The Boys Next Door||Roy Tomas Alston|
|1986||The Supernaturals||Pvt. Ray Ellis|
|1989||Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat||Shane|
|Mind Games||Eric Garrison|
|1990||Fatal Sky||George Abbott|
|1992||Exiled in America||Joe Moore|
|Animal Instincts||David Cole|
|Dance with Death||Shaughnessy|
|1993||No Escape No Return||William Robert Sloan|
|Gettysburg||Col. Strong Vincent|
|Calendar Girl||Man in Bathrobe|
|Alien Intruder||Nick Mancuzo|
|1995||Empire Records||Rex Manning|
|1996||Prey of the Jaguar||Derek Leigh / The Jaguar|
|Oblivion 2: Backlash||Sweeney|
|1997||Divine Lovers||Jeff Thompson|
|The Man Who Knew Too Little||British Agent|
|The Real Blonde||Bob|
|1999||More to Love||Barry Gordon|
|The Perfect Tenant||Daniel Summer|
|Overnight Sensation||Mark Connor|
|Facing the Enemy||Harlan Moss|
|2006||Dog Lover's Symphony||Tom|
|2007||Nightmare City 2035||Alex McDowell|
|Cry of the Winged Serpent||Griffin|
|2009||Dire Wolf||Sheriff Parker|
|2013||The Right Regrets||Chris Wickham||Short film|
|2016||The Tormentors||Rob Turner|
|TBA||Those Who Wander||Rex||Unreleased|
|1980||Ryan's Hope||Punk||4 episodes|
|1983||Journey's End||Captain Stanhope||TV movie|
|The Powers of Matthew Star||Scotty Ferguson||Episode: "Starr Knight"|
|1984||The Parade||Jeff||TV movie|
|1985–86||Dynasty||Miles Colby||9 episodes|
|1985–87||The Colbys||49 episodes|
|1987||Hotel||Alex Morrison||Episode: "Pitfalls"|
|1988–91||Murder, She Wrote||Derek Padley/Roger Travis||2 episodes|
|1989||Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again||Alain Marais||TV miniseries|
|1990||Counterstrike||Van Gelder||Episode: "Regal Connection"|
|Monsters||Timothy Danforth||Episode: "Cellmates"|
|Beverly Hills, 90210||Jason Croft||Episode: "Class of Beverly Hills"|
|Blue Bayou||Phil Serulla||TV movie|
|1991||Dynasty: The Reunion||Miles Colby||Miniseries|
|1994||Sirens||Maxwell Caulfield||Episode: "Crossing the Line"|
|Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Andrew Strauss / David Lewis||2 episodes|
|1995–98||Spider-Man: The Animated Series||Alistair Smythe / Ultimate Spider Slayer (voice)||19 episodes|
|1996||The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best||Ian Levin||TV movie|
|The Lazarus Man||General Custer||Episode: "The Boy General"|
|1996-1997||All My Children||Pierce Riley|
|1998||Love Boat: The Next Wave||Armand||Episode: "True Course"|
|Mike Hammer, Private Eye||Tony Berelli||Episode: "The Maya Connection"|
|Veronica's Closet||Brian||Episode: "Veronica's Bridal Shower"|
|1999||The Nanny||Rodney Pembroke||Episode: "The Fran in the Mirror"|
|2000||Son of the Beach||Stevens||Episode: "A Star is Boned"|
|La Femme Nikita||Helmut Volker||2 episodes|
|Missing Pieces||Stuart||TV movie|
|2000–01||Strip Mall||Rafe Barrett||22 episodes|
|2003–04||Casualty||Jim Brodie||58 episodes|
|2004||Holby City||Jim Brodie||Episode: "Casualty @ Holby City: Part 2"|
|2006||The Great San Francisco Earthquake||Mayor Schmitz||TV movie|
|2009–10||Emmerdale||Mark Wylde||158 episodes|
|2013||NCIS||Dr. Madison Fielding||Episode: "Revenge"|
|Modern Family||Professor Cooke||Episode: "Bad Hair Day"|
|DeVanity||Richard DeVanity||2 episodes|
|2015||A Prince for Christmas||King of Balemont||TV Movie|
|I'm Not Ready for Christmas||Greydon DuPois|
|Castle||Sir Ian Rasher||Episode: "The Wrong Stuff"|
- Anonymous Rex by Eric Garcia (2000)
- The Lion of Cormarre and Other Stories: The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke (1937–1949) (2001)
- Mimus by Lilli Thal (2007)
- Spud by John van de Ruit (2008)
- Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools by Philip Caveney (2008)
- Spud: The Madness Continues by John van de Ruit (2009)
- The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (2012)
- 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
- 1995: "Say No More (Mon Amore)" in Alan Moyle's Empire Records (as Rex Manning)
Awards and nominations
- Theater World Award (1979) for his performance in Class Enemy (Players Theatre, West Village, New York City).
- Maxwell Caulfield on IMDb
- General Register Office. "England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916–2005". Ancestry.com.
- "findmypast.co.uk". Search.findmypast.co.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- Panarello, Joseph F., "Maxwell Caulfield Bares His Soul", Broadwayworld.com, 18 April 2006.
- Court District: Central District of California, Court Place: Los Angeles, California (Petition Number: 00893343)
- "Superiorpics.com". Superiorpics.com. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- Celebrity Profiles, Maxwell Caulfield in SuperiorPics. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
- "Actors Sabra Jones and Maxwell Caulfield in a Scene from the Mirror Repertory Theatre Production of the Play "Paradise Lost" (New York), Digital Public Library of America, Digital Public Library of America. 12 January 1983.
- Bennetts, Leslie. "REPERTORY COMPANY BLOSSOMS", The New York Times, 26 June 1984. Web. 13 January 2017.
- Review of Entertaining Mr. Sloane, The New York Times, 4 September 1981.
- Maxwell Caulfield at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Chicago, Broadway.com [website], "Maxwell Caulfield, Jeff McCarthy on Deck to Play Billy Flynn in Chicago", 1 November 2007.
- Gans, Andrew, "Cactus Flower, With Maxwell Caulfield and Lois Robbins, to End-Off Broadway Run", 5 April 2011.
- Maxwell Caulfield biography, FilmReference.com. Retrieved 10 April 2011.