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Daniel Day-Lewis announces he’s retiring from acting

Daniel Day-Lewis in Manhattan on Jan. 25, 2016.

Daniel Day-Lewis in Manhattan on Jan. 25, 2016. Credit: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris

Three-time Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting.

“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” the 60-year-old star’s spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, said in a statement to Variety on Tuesday. “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, whose five Academy Award nominations have spanned each of the last four decades, won for lead actor for “My Left Foot” (1989), “There Will Be Blood” (2007) and “Lincoln” (2012). He has not appeared in a movie since playing the title role of the 16th president in that film, and has a single movie upcoming: director Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled period drama, reportedly shot under the working title “Phantom Thread,” about an in-demand fashion designer in 1950s London. It is set for release Christmas Day.

A London native who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Day-Lewis won acclaim for London stage roles throughout the 1980s and for work in films including “My Beautiful Laundrette,” “A Room with a View” (both 1985), “The Last of the Mohicans” (1992), “The Age of Innocence,” “In the Name of the Father” (both 1993) and “Gangs of New York” (2002).

The son of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon, Day-Lewis married filmmaker-novelist Rebecca Miller, daughter of legendary playwright Arthur Miller, in 1996. They have two sons, and he has another from a previous relationship with French actress Isabelle Adjani. Day-Lewis was knighted in 2014.


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