Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting.
According to a statement from his representative, the 60-year-old actor has made the “private decision” to step back from the spotlight later this year. Day-Lewis’ final role will be in “Phantom Thread”, a drama that reunites him with his “There Will Be Blood” director Paul Thomas Anderson and is due in theatres on Dec. 25, 2017.
His spokesperson released a statement to Variety on Tuesday, confirming his decision: “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.”
The acclaimed actor has long been choosy about his roles, amassing only 29 acting credits in a career that spans nearly five decades. His last performance was as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”, a role that earned him another Academy Award. A notorious method actor, Day-Lewis is known for going to extreme lengths for his roles and remaining in character even when cameras have stopped rolling.
Immensely private, Day-Lewis has often gone on hiatus from his craft, disappearing from public life for years at a time, once spending an entire summer making shoes in Italy.
It was rumoured he had given up acting in the late 1990s following his performances in “The Crucible” and “The Boxer”, only to be convinced to return to acting by Martin Scorsese who offered him a part in his “Gangs Of New York.”
The British actor made his debut in 1971 as a child in an uncredited role in “Sunday Bloody Sunday”. After a small part in 1982’s “Gandhi” and “The Bounty”, Day-Lewis rose to prominence with “My Beautiful Laundrette” and in 1990, won his first Oscar for the biopic “My Left Foot”.
Day-Lewis has three children and is married to writer and director Rebecca Miller, daughter of famed playwright Arthur Miller.