Michael Caton was born in rural Queensland in 1943. He started acting in theatre and television in the late 60s but has proved to be something of a late bloomer, only appearing in two films in the 1970s and five films in the 1980s. Up until 1997, Caton was better known for his television performances in shows like The Sullivans, Five Mile Creek, and A Country Practice. In 1997 Caton played the lead role in the comedy film, The Castle (1997), which was a big hit and went on to become Australia’s favourite film in a number of polls since that time.
Since then, Caton has been in demand for his genial deadpan wit, with a role in his only US film The Animal (2001), with Rob Schneider, a co-starring role with Paul Hogan in the comedy Strange Bedfellows (2004), as well as playing the lead role in the drama Last Cab to Darwin (2015). Caton won two Best Actor Awards for Last Cab to Darwin (2015) (from AACTA and the Film Critics Circle of Australia) and was nominated for the AFI Best Actor Award for The Castle (1997). He was also nominated for a Silver Logie for Most Popular TV Actor for Packed to the Rafters (2008).