Maxwell Caulfield (born Maxwell Newby, 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).
Caulfield in 2010
23 November 1959
Belper, Derbyshire, England
|Years active||1967, 1978, 1980–present|
|Spouse(s)||Juliet Mills (m. 1980)|
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 to Oriole Rosalind (née Findlater) and Peter Newby on 23 November 1959 in Belper, Derbyshire — although he later claimed to be a native of Glasgow, reportedly to be "more interesting". By 1965, his parents had divorced. Although not a child actor per se, aged around seven 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. 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. He reportedly took his stage surname, Caulfield, from the character in J.D. Salinger's novel Catcher in the Rye.
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).
Maxwell Caulfield became a naturalized United States citizen on 5 September 1991.
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 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.
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."
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 (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 (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). He guest starred in Modern Family (Season 4, episode 15) playing Claire's ex-boyfriend and college professor, among other television programs.
|TBA||Those Who Wander||Rex|
|2016||The Tormentors||Rob Turner||Short Film|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1993||No Escape No Return||William Robert Sloan|
|1993||Gettysburg||Col. Strong Vincent|
|1993||Calendar Girl||Man in Bathrobe|
|1993||Alien Intruder||Nick Mancuzo|
|1992||Exiled in America||Joe Moore|
|1992||Animal Instincts||David Cole|
|1992||Dance with Death||Shaughnessy|
|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|
|1982||Grease 2||Michael Carrington|
|1967||Accident||Ted||Credited under the name Maxwell Findlater|
|2015||A Prince for Christmas||King||TV Movie|
|2015||I'm Not Ready for Christmas||Greydon DuPois||TV Movie|
|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||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|
- Anonymous Rex by Eric Garcia (2000).
- The Lion of Cormarre and Other Stories: The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke (1937-1049) (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).
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
- Class Enemy (1978) at the Player's Theater, West Village, New York
- The Elephant Man (1981), Florida
- Entertaining Mr. Sloane (1981), Cherry Lane Theatre, New York
- Hitting Town (1982), Los Angeles
- Journey's End (1982), Los Angeles
- 1984 (1983), Los Angeles
- Paradise Lost (1983), Mirror Repertory Company
- Inheritors (1983), Mirror Repertory Company
- Salonika (1984) at the Public Theater, New York
- Sleuth (1988), Curran Theatre, California
- An Inspector Calls (1992), Broadway (New York) & Royal National Theatre (UK)
- Tryst, Promenade Theatre[where?]
- Our Leading Lady at the city centre, New York (Manhattan Theatre Club)
- A Little Night Music (2008) played Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm at Centerstage, Baltimore
- Chicago played Billy Flynn at the Cambridge Theatre, London
- Bedroom Farce (2010) played Nick in a UK-wide touring production.
- The Rocky Horror Show, played the Narrator at Royal Centre Nottingham, the Darlington Civic Theatre and the Southsea Kings Theatre
- Cactus Flower (2011), played Dr. Julian Winston at the Westside Theater Upstairs, New York
- This Is Derbyshire. "'I got lucky in Hollywood, but I'm proud to be a Derby lad'". Derby Telegraph.
- General Register Office. "England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005". Ancestry.com.
- "findmypast.co.uk". Search.findmypast.co.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- Court District: Central District of California, Court Place: Los Angeles, California, USA (Petition Number: 00893343)
- Maxwell Caulfield at the Internet Movie Database
- "Changes of Name" (PDF). thegazette.co.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- Panarello, Joseph F., "Maxwell Caulfield Bares His Soul", Broadwayworld.com, 18 April 2006.
- "Superiorpics.com". Superiorpics.com. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- Maxwell Caulfield biography at FilmReference.com; accessed 10 April 2011.
- Celebrity Profiles, Maxwell Caulfield in SuperiorPics; accessed 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. N.p., 12 Jan. 1983. Web. 13 Jan. 2017. <https://dp.la/item/5326d950b0d309041c23ef95630a70a9>.
- Bennetts, Leslie. "REPERTORY COMPANY BLOSSOMS." The New York Times. The New York Times, 26 June 1984. Web. 13 Jan. 2017. <http://www.nytimes.com/1984/06/27/theater/repertory-company-blossoms.html>.
- Review of Entertaining Mr. Sloane, nytimes.com, 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.