Daniel Day-Lewis Is Retiring From Acting

The 60-year-old actor didn't give a reason
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2017 6:44 PM CDT
Daniel Day-Lewis accepts the award for best actor for "Lincoln" at the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in 2013. A spokesperson for the 60-year-old actor announced his retirement Tuesday.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting, the Guardian reports. The 60-year-old actor's final role will be a fashion drama from director Paul Thomas Anderson scheduled for release in December. No reason was given for Day-Lewis' pending retirement, which was announced Tuesday. "He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years," spokesperson Leslee Dart tells Variety. "This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject." Day-Lewis' film resume includes My Left Foot, Last of the Mohicans, The Age of Innocence, There Will Be Blood, Gangs of New York, and Lincoln.

Day-Lewis—known for taking years between roles and his intense dedication, including staying in character off-screen—is the only person to win three best actor Oscars. He was nominated for two more. This isn't the first time Day-Lewis has stepped away from acting. He quit to be a shoemaker's apprentice in Italy in the 1990s before Martin Scorsese got him to come back for Gangs of New York. The Hollywood Reporter notes he also quit stage acting mid-performance in 1989. Day-Lewis once said: "In every actor's life, there is a moment when they ask themselves, 'Is it really seemly for me still to be doing this?'" (Read more Daniel Day-Lewis stories.)

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