Maxwell Caulfield (born Maxwell P.J. 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).

From 28 May 2015, Caufield began touring 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 life

Caulfield was born to Oriole (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". Although not a child actor per se, aged around seven he played "Ted" (using the pseudonym Maxwell Findlater) 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.

Personal life

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.

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 most 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 also made his West End stage debut as Billy Flynn in the long-running London production of Chicago; he then resumed the roll 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 also guest starred in Modern Family (Season 4, ep 15) playing Claire's ex-boyfriend and college professor, among other television programs.



2015Those Who WanderRex
2013The Right RegretsChris WickhamShort Film
2009Dire WolfSheriff Parker
2007Nightmare City 2035Alex McDowell
2007Cry of the Winged SerpentGriffin
2006Dog Lover's SymphonyTom
2004Dragon StormSilas
2001The HitKeith
2001Facing the EnemyHarlan Moss
2000SubmergedAgent Jim Carpenter
2000The Perfect TenantDaniel Summer
2000Overnight SensationMark Connor
1999More to LoveBarry Gordon
1997Divine LoversJeff Thompson
1997The Man Who Knew Too LittleBritish Agent
1997The Real BlondeBob
1996Prey of the JaguarDerek Leigh / The Jaguar
1996Oblivion 2: BacklashSweeney
1995Empire RecordsRex Manning
1994Inevitable Grace
1993No Escape No ReturnWilliam Robert Sloan
1993GettysburgCol. Strong Vincent
1993Calendar GirlMan in Bathrobe
1993Midnight WitmessGarland
1993Alien IntruderNick Mancuzo
1992Exiled in AmericaJoe Moore
1992Animal InstinctsDavid Cole
1992Dance with DeathShaughnessy
1992Waxwork 2Mickey
1990Fatal SkyGeorge Abbott
1989Sundown: The Vampire in RetreatShane
1989Mind GamesEric Garrison
1986The SupernaturalsPvt. Ray Ellis
1985The Boys Next DoorRoy Alston
1984Electric DreamsBill
1982Grease 2Michael Carrington
1967AccidentTedCredited under the name Maxwell Findlater


2015CastleSir Ian RasherEpisode: "The Wrong Stuff"
2013NCISDr. Madison FieldingEpisode: "Revenge"
2013Modern FamilyProfessor CookeEpisode: "Bad Hair Day"
2013DeVanityRichard DeVanity2 episodes
2009-10EmmerdaleMark Wylde158 episodes
2006The Great San Francisco EarthquakeMayor SchmitzTV Movie
2004Holby CityJim BrodieEpisode: "Casualty @ Holby City: Part 2"
2003-4CasualtyJim Brodie58 episodes
2000-01Strip MallRafe Barrett22 episodes
2000Son of the BeachStevensEpisode: "A Star is Boned"
2000La Femme NikitaHelmut Volker2 episodes
2000Missing PiecesStuartTV Movie
1999The NannyRodney PembrokeEpisode: "The Fran in the Mirror"
1998Love Boat: The Next WaveArmandEpisode: "True Course"
1998Mike Hammer, Private EyeTony BerelliEpisode: "The Maya Connection"
1998Veronica's ClosetBrianEpisode: "Veronica's Bridal Shower"
1995-98Spider-ManAlistair Smythe19 episodes
1997All My ChildrenPierce Riley2 episodes
1996Spider-ManAlistair SmytheAnimated Film: "Spider-Man: Sins of the Fathers"
1996The Rockford FilesIan LevinTV Movie
1996The Lazarus ManEpisode: "The Boy General"
1994SirensMaxwell CaulfieldEpisode: "Crossing the Line"
1994Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanAndrew Strauss / David Lewis2 episodes
1991Dynasty: The ReunionMiles ColbyTV Movie
1988-91Murder, She WroteDerek Padley/Roger Travis2 episodes
1990CounterstrikeVan GelderEpisode: "Regal Connection"
1990MonstersEpisode: "Cellmates"
1990Beverly Hills, 90210Jason CroftPilot Movie: "Class of Beverly Hills"
1990Blue BayouPhil SerullaTV Movie
1989Judith Krantz's Till We Meet AgainAlain MaraisTV Miniseries
1985-87The ColbysMiles Colby49 episodes
1987HotelAlex MorrisonEpisode: "Pitfalls"
1985-86DynastyMiles Colby8 episodes
1984The ParadeJeffTV Movie
1983Journey's EndCaptain StanhopeTV Movie
1983The Powers of Matthew StarScotty FergusonEpisode: "Starr Knight"
1980Ryan's HopePunk4 episodes

Audiobooks (narrator)

Music (as vocalist)

  • 1995: "" 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