Sir Michael Caine is in mourning following the death of his brother.

Stanley Micklewhite, who appeared alongside his sibling in The Italian Job and Billion Dollar Brain, passed away in January (13).

Stanley's widow Marie tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "We've kept it very quiet because we didn't want a big fuss about it... Michael is grieving for his brother. They were very close."

Caine, who turns 80 on Thursday (14Mar13), gave no hint of the tragedy as he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London on Friday (08Mar13).