Daniel Day-Lewis has announced via representative that he is quitting acting.


“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” the actor’s spokeswoman Leslee Dart said in a statement. “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”

The 60-year-old has already made history winning the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, the most of any actor ever. His last film came in 2012 and was the Steven Spielberg-directed film Lincoln, in which he played the title role and for which won his third Oscar. Day-Lewis recently wrapped filming on his so-named last film, Phantom Thread directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who also made 2007’s There Will Be Blood, for which Day-Lewis won his second Best Actor Oscar.

The actor is well-known for being a method actor and being highly selective in his role choices. In fact, this is not the first time Day-Lewis has claimed to quit the business. He took a five-year hiatus in 1997 after filming Jim Sheridan‘s The Boxer, after which he acted in Gangs of New York. He claimed the experience was exhausting, and decided to quit acting then, but returned in 2005 for The Ballad of Jack and Rose.


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Day-Lewis lives in Ireland on his family farm in County Wicklow. He resides there with his wife Rebecca Miller and their two sons. Aside from acting, Day-Lewis takes up interesting hobbies, even learning to cobble shoes from an Italian designer. He became an Irish citizen in 1993 – his father, Cecil Day-Lewis, was a famed poet who lived in modern-day County Laois in the country.

Among some of Day-Lewis’ great roles are Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989), Gerry Conlon in In the Name of the Father (1993), Danny Flynn in The Boxer (1997), Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York (2002), Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood (2007), and Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012).

His alleged final film is set for release around Christmas this year.

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