Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is stepping away from acting at age 60, he announced yesterday. Day-Lewis, considered one of the greatest actors of his generation, is retiring now that he has completed Phantom Thread, due in theaters December 25th. No reason was given for the retirement.
“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor," his rep said in a statement. "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.”
Phantom Thread, a drama set in the world of high fashion, reunites him with director Paul Thomas Anderson, whose 2007 drama There Will Be Blood earned Day-Lewis a Best Actor Oscar.
In addition to There Will Be Blood, Day-Lewis also won Oscars as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and as writer and artist Christy Brown in 1989’s My Left Foot. He earned two other Oscar nominations as Bill “The Butcher” Cutting in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and as Gerry Conlon in Jim Sheridan’s In the Name of the Father.
One thing for sure, he was prolific...