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21 Jun 2017

3 times Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis retires from acting

When legends retire

Triple Oscar-winning actor Sir Daniel Day-Lewis is formally retiring from acting.

Giving no reason, the 60-year-old ended an extraordinary movie career.

He is the only actor to receive three best actor Academy Awards for his roles in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln.

His performances in Gangs of New York and Last of Mohicans are also well noted.

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When legends retire

Representative of Day-Lewis, Leslee Dart's statement

"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. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject."

About Daniel Day-Lewis


About Daniel Day-Lewis

Day-Lewis was born on 29 April 1957 in Kensington, London. He currently lives in Ireland and holds both British and Irish citizenship.

He is married to writer and director Rebecca Miller and has three children.

In 2014, the actor was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

After receiving the honor, he stated he was "entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure."

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Awards and nominations received

Day-Lewis's performance as a paraplegic Irish writer in 'My Left Foot' (1989) earned him his first Oscar.

He won his second and third Oscars for his roles in 'There Will Be Blood' (2007) and 'Lincoln' (2012).

He received Oscar nominations for 'In the Name of the Father' (1993) and 'Gangs of New York' (2002).

The actor also won two Golden Globes.

Final movie to release in 2017

Last release

Final movie to release in 2017

Day-Lewis made his screen debut in 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' in 1971.

The intellectual actor is known for keeping a low-key profile, choosing roles carefully, and also taking long breaks between movies.

He currently has one more film in the works named 'Phantom Thread' by Paul Thomas Anderson.

It is based on London's fashion world of 1950s and will release in December.


Day-Lewis: A method actor known for meticulous preparation

Day-Lewis is a method actor known for his devotion and attention to detail.

For 'My Left Foot', the actor spent several weeks in wheelchair to understand the character better.

While shooting 'Gangs of New York' he was seen sharpening knives during breaks to capture his character's menace.

For 'Lincoln', he spent many months researching the 16th American President Abraham Lincoln's life.

Long breaks between films

In 1997, Day-Lewis took semi-retirement from acting after 'The Boxer' to work as an apprentice shoemaker in Italy. After a five-year break, he worked in 'Gangs of New York'. After winning his third Oscar in 2013, he reportedly planned to take a sabbatical.

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