Ask any film aficionado which actor they consider to be a legend and they’ll likely throw around names like Tom Hanks and Marlon Brando. The one actor that likely every single one will name, though, is Daniel Day-Lewis.
Though his acting résumé remains a bit more sparse than other actors’ working today, his career is nonetheless among the most diverse and respectable. Therefore it’s with a great deal of remorse that fans took the news of his permanent retirement from acting.
“He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years,” said a statement from his spokeswoman. “This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”
Over the course of his career, Day-Lewis accrued a hefty five Oscar nominations and managed to take home three of them. His nominations were for In the Name of the Father and Gangs of New York, while his wins were for My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, and Lincoln.
Some of his other notable achievements involved a small appearance in Gandhi, The Last of the Mohicans, and The Age of Innocence. Slim though his acting repertoire may be, he’s still considered to be among the greatest thespians and method actors to ever live.
Films like There Will Be Blood and Gangs of New York displayed his more creepy and conniving side, while The Last of the Mohicans and Lincoln were a testament to his affability and warmness. Always one to stay in character every minute while on set, Daniel Day-Lewis perfected the practice of method acting that so many actors from Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight to Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line emulated.
We’ll still see one last final Daniel Day-Lewis performance, though. Phantom Thread – in which he’ll play a high society dressmaker in 1950s London – will be released this Christmas in the U.S. and February in the U.K.