Say it ain’t so!
Daniel Day-Lewis announced he is sadly retiring from acting in an official statement released on Tuesday, June 20. “Daniel 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,” his rep told Variety.
The 60-year-old actor has won three Best Actor Oscars — for My Left Foot (1990), There Will Be Blood (2008), and Lincoln (2013) — throughout his prolific Hollywood career. He was also nominated for the Best Actor honor for 1994’s In the Name of the Father and 2003’s Gangs of New York.
Daniel with Sally Field in 2013’s Lincoln.
Daniel’s latest movie, Phantom Thread, is set to hit theaters this December. According to someone close to the star, Daniel will help promote the flick as planned and will retire from the spotlight soon after.
The actor — who is the son of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and English actress Jill Balcon — first made his film debut at age 14 in 1971’s Sunday Bloody Sunday. He has since starred in more than 20 movies and has appeared in nearly 10 TV shows. Daniel has additionally acted in 15 plays including Old King Cole, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula, and Hamlet.
Daniel winning his third Oscar in 2013.
Throughout his Hollywood career, Daniel has often taken several years between film projects and is a known method actor who remains in-character even while off-screen.
“My preference is that, that day when someone sticks a tripod in front of you with a camera on the top, it is not day one,” Daniel once said of his intense role research and preparation. “It begins way before, with the work before you start filming — and there is no limit to the amount of time that you take to discover a whole life; it could take six months, a year, or a lifetime.”
We’ll miss seeing you on the big screen, Daniel!