Daniel Day-Lewis retires from acting

LOS ANGELES •Revered actor Daniel Day-Lewis is calling it a day from acting.

He will "no longer be working as an actor", his spokesman said on Tuesday. "He is immensely grateful to all his collaborators and audiences over the many years."

The spokesman noted that this was "a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment".

Day-Lewis, 60, is the only performer to have won three best actor Oscars - for 1989 movie My Left Foot, 2007 flick There Will Be Blood and 2012 film Lincoln.

He has finished work on Phantom Thread, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, which is set for release at Christmas.

The Britain-born actor burst onto the American film scene in the 1980s with classics such as My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and My Left Foot.

Daniel Day-Lewis with the Best Actor Oscar he won in 2013 for his portrayal of American President Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln.
Daniel Day-Lewis with the Best Actor Oscar he won in 2013 for his portrayal of American President Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

After starring in 1997's The Boxer, he disappeared from the screen.

It was five years later when the reclusive actor, who is married and has two sons, was coaxed by Martin Scorsese to star in Gangs Of New York, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. During that time, he reportedly took up shoe-making in Italy.

In 2002, he told The Guardian: "I didn't really want to be involved with films. I just wanted some time away from it all. I need that quite often."

He did not refer to that break as a permanent retirement. Nor did he mention a retirement after Lincoln, his last completed film, though he reportedly told friends that he was off to Dublin to spend more time on his family farm.

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