Daniel Day-Lewis’s spokeswoman Leslee Dart said in an announcement: “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years,” the statement said, without providing any reasoning. “This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”
After one last performance on screen later this year in “Phantom Thread,” admired British star Daniel Day-Lewis has announced he will be retiring from acting.
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First told Variety on Tuesday, Daniel Day-Lewis’s spokeswoman Leslee Dart said in an announcement: “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years,” the statement said, without providing any reasoning for his retirement at the age of 60.
“This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”
The legendary “My Left Foot” (1989) actor, “There Will Be Blood” (2007), and ” Lincoln” (2013) considered as one of the best actors of his time.
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10 Facts about Daniel Day Lewis
• In 1990 he was selected as one of the 50 most beautiful people by “People” Magazine.
• Day-Lewis, known for his dedication to the parts he plays, in 1989 insisted on remaining in a wheelchair throughout the shooting period when he played Christy Brown in “My Left Foot”.
• When he played Hamlet at the National Theatre, during one of the performances when Hamlet’s father’s ghost speaks to him, he broke down on stage claiming that he saw his own father’s ghost, and could not continue to play the role. Since then he has not appeared in live theater.
• In choosing his roles a recurring theme for Day-Lewis has been the subject of father-son relationships, in such films as “Name of the Father”, “Gangs of New York”, “There Will Be Blood” and even his role as Hamlet.
• Day-Lewis is married to actress and director Rebecca Miller, the daughter of Arthur Miller, who directed him in “The Ballad of Jack and Rose.” They live in Ireland and have two sons.
• He once had a relationship with French actress Isabelle Adjani, which lasted six years and eventually ended after a split and reconciliation. Their son Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis was born in 1995.
• In 2013 he became the first actor ever to win 3 Oscars for Best Actor, for his role as President Lincoln in “Lincoln”.
• He has trained in carpentry and could also even make a living as a professional shoemaker.
• His appearance as “Bill the Butcher”, in “Gangs of New York”, was ranked as number 53 on the list of the 100 best performances of all time by Empire magazine.
• In 2008 he dedicated his Screen Actors Guild award to the late Heath Ledger, who was one of his favorite actors.
Daniel Day-Lewis was born and raised in the suburb of Greenwich, in the southeast of London. His mother, Jill Balcon’s family was Jewish immigrants to England from Latvia and Poland.
Daniel’s maternal grandfather, Sir Michael Balcon was the head of the legendary Ealing Film Studios in the South of England as well as being one of the most important figures in British cinema during the postwar era while his father Cecil Day-Lewis went on to become Poet Laureate of Great Britain from 1968 until his passing in 1972.
With that kind of background it was inevitable that Daniel Day-Lewis would follow a career as an actor, initially on the stage, moving on to television and eventually film. Day-Lewis earned himself a reputation as being one of the most meticulous method actors of his generation, making it a practice to remain completely in character for as long as the film he was working on was being a shot.
As his career developed, Daniel Day-Lewis also became increasingly selective of the nature of the film that he would appear in, having only appeared in five films in the last 17 years, with a one-time taking a break of five years from the small screen.
Daniel Day-Lewis has been awarded a total of three Academy Awards all of them as Best Actor in the male category. His first was in My Left Foot in 1989, second in There Will Be Blood in 2007, and finally, at least for the time being, in Lincoln which was released in 2012. In addition to his Oscar Awards, Day-Lewis has also won two Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards as well as four BAFTA Awards for Best Actor.