Michael Cane
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English actor Michael Cane fears he will soon lose a battle with cancer. The 84-year-old says, in a recent interview, he is willing to try anything to gain a few more years.

Sir Michael Cane, who received his nobiliary title on 2000, in recognition for his overall acting contribution, recently sat down with The Sun and revealed his optics on cancer. The actor said he is afraid of dying of cancer and that his days were numbered.

“I know my days are numbered and that’s the main worry”, he told the publication on Sunday, adding: “I’ve had to cut back on the drinking and I’m always looking up what’s the best thing against cancer, so I’ll eat that or do this or not do that.”

Cane revealed that his healthier lifestyle choices translated into him losing 30 pounds. And he credits his wife of almost 44 years, Shakira Baksh, for pushing him on the right track and supporting his new lifestyle. “Without her I’d have been dead long ago”, the actor says. “I used to drink a bottle of vodka a day and smoke several packs of cigarettes.”

Cane’s goal is to live for at least a decade more and get to see his grandchildren in their late teenage years. “They’re twins of six and a boy of seven. I’d like to get to 17 for the boy.”

As for acting, Sir Cane is not the man to retire. “When the offers of work stop, I will say I have retired. The film business will have to give me up, not the other way around,”, he said.

Michael Cane has appeared on 115 movies and is one of the top highest grossing box office star. He began his acting career in 1956 with a secondary role in the romantic comedy Sailor Beware!

Throughout his career, he won two Oscars (one in 1986, for Best Supporting Actor in Hannah and Her Sisters; one in 1999, for Best Supporting Actor in The Cider House Rules) and four other Oscar nominations.

His most recent movies include The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Interstellar (2014), The Last Witch Hunter (2015) and Now You See Me (2016).