Maxwell Caulfield was born on November 23, 1959 in Glasgow, Scotland. His American stepfather, a Marine instructor at Parris Island, kicked him out of the house at the age of 15.
He moved eventually to the United States, got his green card and found work as an exotic dancer before making his acting debut off-Broadway in the title role of Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" as an amoral, murderous, but very sexy drifter.
He got the big Hollywood build up when he made his screen debut on the musical sequel "Grease 2" (1982), opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. Although the film wasn't a big box office success at the time, it has subsequently become a smash hit, enjoying success both in retail video sales and TV Ratings.
At the age of 21, Maxwell seemed to be more in the news for marrying actress Juliet Mills, 18 years his senior, and for breaking into show business as a nude dancer, than for his performances. He returned to the stage, touring in the title role of "The Elephant Man" and appearing in "Entertaining Mister Sloane" in both NYC and L.A. He was featured (mostly in the nude) opposite Jessica Tandy and Elizabeth Wilson in "Salonika" at the Public Theatre in New York and in "Loot" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Caulfield's second film was "Electric Dreams" (1984), a modern-day retelling of "Cyrano de Bergerac". He scored a critical success in the underrated "The Boys Next Door" (1985), in which he and Charlie Sheen portray two bored, alienated Californian boys who embark on a series of violent escapades.
He subsequently appeared in such undistinguished features as "Mind Games" (1989), "Project: Alien" (1990), "Animal Instincts" (1992), "Midnight Witness" (1993) and "No Escape, No Return" (1994). He appeared as Col. Strong Vincent in the epic "Gettysburg" (1993) and offered a wonderfully wicked turn as a self-involved, bubble-gum pop star in Allan Moyle's "Empire Records" (1995).
Caulfield was perfectly cast as bad boy Miles Colby first introduced on the ABC suds "Dynasty" and then on its spinoff "The Colbys" (1985-1987). He reprised the role for the miniseries sequel "Dynasty: The Reunion" (1991).
Other credits include featured roles in "The Parade" (1984) and the CBS mini-series "Judith Krantz's 'Till We Meet Again'" (1989). He also appeared in the first episode of "Beverly Hills 90210".
In 1996, Caulfield joined the cast of the ABC daytime soap opera "All My Children" as the troubled artist Pierce Riley, a role he played until June 1997.
Maxwell had a huge success in the UK on the hit series "Casualty" (2003-2004).
Maxwell is happily married to a 18 years older actress Juliett Mills and is a stepfather to her daughter, Melissa Miklenda. He and Mills reside in Santa Barbara, California.