In a mysteriously abrupt announcement today made by actor Daniel Day-Lewis’ representation to Variety, it was revealed that the multiple Oscar-winner has decided to retire from acting.
The official statement from Leslee Dart, Day-Lewis’ spokeswoman, is as follows: “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.”
The actor’s final performance will be seen later this year in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, which will be released on December 25. Day-Lewis won his second Academy Award for Best Actor in another Anderson film, 2008’s There Will Be Blood. He was acknowledged two other times by the Academy for 1989’s My Left Foot and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln in 2013.
As a character actor, Day Lewis has turned out what some consider some of the best and unique dramatic performances of all time, making a serious case for method acting. Some of his other notable films have been the musical Nine (2009), Michael Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans (1992), and Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence and Gangs of New York. His career first began with a small role in 1971’s Sunday Bloody Sunday.
Day-Lewis is married to filmmaker Rebecca Miller (Maggie’s Plan) and has three children.