Daniel Day-Lewis Announces He’s Quitting Acting

After four decades on the screen, the English actor says he's retiring from Hollywood for good

June 21, 2017
Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep at the 2013 Academy Awards Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep at the 2013 Academy Awards Photo: PRPhotos

Daniel Day-Lewis made the surprising announcement on Tuesday that he’s retiring from acting at age 60. No reason was given for his decision to stop performing. The star’s spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, issued the following statement: “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.”

As a three-time Oscar winner, Day-Lewis has received honors for his performance in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” for his part as the greedy oil tycoon in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood,” and for his role as the writer/artist Christy Brown in Jim Sheridan’s “My Left Foot.” He also earned Academy Award nominations for “Gangs of New York” and “In the Name of the Father.”

Day-Lewis’s final film “Phantom Thread,” a drama set in the world of high fashion, reunites him with director Paul Thomas Anderson. The film is scheduled to hit theaters December 25.

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