Variety is reporting that three-time Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting.
In a career that has spanned four decades, he has just one final film awaiting release, an untitled drama set in the world of high fashion scheduled to hit theaters on Christmas Day. It reunites him with Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed him in 2007’s There Will Be Blood.
He gave no reason for his retirement. His spokesperson, Leslee Dart said,
“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.”
Day-Lewis is the only performer to ever win three best actor Oscars; his first for his performance as writer and artist Christy Brown in My Left Foot, one for Spielberg‘s Lincoln, and another for There Will Be Blood.
He is the son of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and English actress Jill Balcon, and made his screen debut at the age of 14 in 71’s Sunday, Bloody Sunday. In 1985 he hit us with the one-two punch of My Beautiful Laundrette and A Room With a View, and became a star.
In the late ’90s he gave up acting for a while, working as a cobbler before Martin Scorsese convinced him to return to the screen for Gangs of New York.
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(Top photo, Pacific Coast News; via Variety)