Today, in information we were not at all prepared to process, three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting. First reported by Variety, the surprising news has since been confirmed by Day-Lewis’ spokesperson, Leslee Dart.
In a statement, Dart revealed, “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.”
One of the most respected actors of his generation, Day-Lewis has enjoyed a decades-long career in high demand. However, the method actor — who is known for his constant immersion into roles — has proven highly selective, with only 29 acting credits to his name.
This is particularly impressive when you consider he holds the record for most best actor Oscars, with three: for 2012’s Lincoln, 2007’s There Will Be Blood and 1989’s My Left Foot.
Day-Lewis, who made his (uncredited) screen debut at the tender age of 14 in the 1971 film Sunday Bloody Sunday, also left his mark on such critically acclaimed movies as 1992’s The Last of the Mohicans, 1997’s The Boxer and 2002’s The Gangs of New York.
It is rumored, in fact, that Day-Lewis left acting prior to Gangs and was working as a cobbler. It was only after Gangs‘ director Martin Scorsese convinced Day-Lewis to star in the film that the actor decided to return to the industry.
Despite Day-Lewis’ newly retired status, you can still catch the incredible talent onscreen one more time. The drama Phantom Thread, which is in post-production, is set to hit theaters on Christmas Day this year. The film was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who Day-Lewis worked with on his Oscar-winning turn in There Will Be Blood.
While we’re sad to learn that Day-Lewis will no longer be bringing his phenomenal presence to any more films, we’re happy the actor — who once called his life a “lifelong study in evasion” — will finally be able to enjoy the privacy he so clearly craves.
The dual-citizenship star splits his time between New York City and Ireland with his wife, writer-director Rebecca Miller and their two sons Ronan Cal and Cashel Blake. Day-Lewis also has an older son, Gabriel Kane, from a previous relationship.