Daniel Day Lewis Quits Acting

Some people would give their left foot for Daniel Day-Lewis’ acting career. He says they can have it.

Three-time Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis announced he is quitting acting at age 60. His upcoming high fashion drama, Phantom Thread, helmed by There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson, will be his last film.

“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” Day-Lewis’ spokeswoman told Variety. “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.”

Day-Lewis trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He made his first screen appearance in 1971’s Sunday, Bloody Sunday, He won his first Academy Award and BAFTA in 1990 for playing writer and artist Christy Brown, who suffered from cerebral palsy, in 1989’s My Left Foot, and as the oil baron Daniel Plainview in 2007’s There Will Be Blood. Day-Lewis was nominated for an Oscar for his turn as Bill “The Butcher” Cutting in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, and for his role as as Gerry Conlon in Jim Sheridan’s In the Name of the Father.

Day-Lewis was also featured in the 1985 films My Beautiful Laundrette and the E.M. Forster adaptation of A Room With a View, as well as The Last of the Mohicans, The Crucible, Gandhi, The Bounty, My Beautiful Laundrette, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence.

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This isn’t the first time Day-Lewis has distanced himself from the thespian arts. The actor, who is the son of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon, walked out on a production of Hamlet in the middle of a performance at the National Theatre in London. He later said he saw seen his father’s ghost and that he would never act on stage again. In the late 1990s, he went into “semi-retirement” to focus on woodworking. He also walked out on that to make shoes in Florence, Italy. 

Day-Lewis says he will make appearances to promote Phantom Thread.