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Maxwell Caulfield ( Newby; born 23 November 1959) is a British-American film, stage, and television actor and singer. 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).[1] A recent appearance is as the king in A Prince for Christmas (2015).

Maxwell Caulfield
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Caulfield in 2010
Maxwell Newby

(1959-11-23) 23 November 1959 (age 59)
Belper, Derbyshire, England
Years active1967–present
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).


Early lifeEdit

Maxwell Newby was born to Peter Newby on 23 November 1959 in Belper, Derbyshire and Oriole Rosalind (née Findlater)[2][3] — 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 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 the film starred Stanley Baker, Dirk Bogarde and Michael York.[4][5]

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 in order to obtain an Equity card enabling him to work as an actor. Later he got his green card through his stepfather.[6] He reportedly took his stage surname, Caulfield, from the character in J.D. Salinger's novel Catcher in the Rye.[citation needed]


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.[7] 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.[7]

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,[8] Rain, Inheritors, and The Hasty Heart.[9] 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."[4][10]

He made his Broadway debut in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls opposite Siân Phillips.[4] 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).[11] He appeared in Joe Orton's black comedy Loot at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.[7] 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.[11]

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.[12] Alongside Lois Robbins, Caulfield — playing the character of Julian Winston — finished up an off-Broadway production of the comedy Cactus Flower (2011).[13]


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.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Caulfield has been married since 1980 to actress Juliet Mills, daughter of actor Sir John Mills and writer Lady Mills (nee 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).[14][4]

He became a naturalized United States citizen on 5 September 1991.[5]

Select filmographyEdit


Year Title Role Notes
TBA Those Who Wander Rex
2017 Axcellerator Ray Moritz
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
Cry of the Winged Serpent Griffin
2006 Dog Lover's Symphony Tom
2004 Dragon Storm Silas
2001 The Hit Keith
Facing the Enemy Harlan Moss
2000 Submerged Agent Jim Carpenter
The Perfect Tenant Daniel Summer
Overnight Sensation Mark Connor
1999 More to Love Barry Gordon
Dazzle Tom
1997 Divine Lovers Jeff Thompson
The Man Who Knew Too Little British Agent
The Real Blonde Bob
1996 Prey of the Jaguar Derek Leigh / The Jaguar
Oblivion 2: Backlash Sweeney
1995 Empire Records Rex Manning
1993 No Escape No Return William Robert Sloan
Gettysburg Col. Strong Vincent
Calendar Girl Man in Bathrobe
Midnight Witness Garland
Alien Intruder Nick Mancuzo
1992 Exiled in America Joe Moore
Animal Instincts David Cole
Dance with Death Shaughnessy
Waxwork 2 Mickey
1990 Fatal Sky George Abbott
1989 Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat Shane
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 A Prince for Christmas King of Balemont TV Movie
I'm Not Ready for Christmas Greydon DuPois TV Movie
Castle Sir Ian Rasher Episode: "The Wrong Stuff"
2013 NCIS Dr. Madison Fielding Episode: "Revenge"
Modern Family Professor Cooke Episode: "Bad Hair Day"
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"
2003-04 Casualty Jim Brodie 58 episodes
2000-01 Strip Mall Rafe Barrett 22 episodes
2000 Son of the Beach Stevens Episode: "A Star is Boned"
La Femme Nikita Helmut Volker 2 episodes
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"
Mike Hammer, Private Eye Tony Berelli Episode: "The Maya Connection"
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 The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best Ian Levin TV Movie
The Lazarus Man Episode: "The Boy General"
1994 Sirens Maxwell Caulfield Episode: "Crossing the Line"
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Andrew Strauss / David Lewis 2 episodes
1991 Dynasty: The Reunion Miles Colby TV Miniseries
1988-91 Murder, She Wrote Derek Padley/Roger Travis 2 episodes
1990 Counterstrike Van Gelder Episode: "Regal Connection"
Monsters Episode: "Cellmates"
Beverly Hills, 90210 Jason Croft Pilot Movie: "Class of Beverly Hills"
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
The Powers of Matthew Star Scotty Ferguson Episode: "Starr Knight"
1980 Ryan's Hope Punk 4 episodes

Audiobooks (narrator)Edit

Music (as vocalist)Edit




  1. ^ a b Maxwell Caulfield on IMDb
  2. ^ General Register Office. "England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005".
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e Panarello, Joseph F., "Maxwell Caulfield Bares His Soul",, 18 April 2006.
  5. ^ a b Court District: Central District of California, Court Place: Los Angeles, California, USA (Petition Number: 00893343)
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Celebrity Profiles, Maxwell Caulfield in SuperiorPics; accessed 12 April 2011.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Bennetts, Leslie. "REPERTORY COMPANY BLOSSOMS", The New York Times, 26 June 1984. Web. 13 January 2017.
  10. ^ Review of Entertaining Mr. Sloane,, 4 September 1981.
  11. ^ a b Maxwell Caulfield at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
  12. ^ Chicago, [website], "Maxwell Caulfield, Jeff McCarthy on Deck to Play Billy Flynn in Chicago", 1 November 2007.
  13. ^ Gans, Andrew, "Cactus Flower, With Maxwell Caulfield and Lois Robbins, to End-Off Broadway Run", 5 April 2011.
  14. ^ Maxwell Caulfield biography,; accessed 10 April 2011.

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