Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring.
The three-time Oscar winner “will no longer be working as an actor,” his representative, Leslee Dart, confirmed in a statement. Dart added, “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 will next be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, which is due out in theaters Dec. 25.
Variety first reported the news.
Day-Lewis, 60, has flirted with leaving the acting profession before and famously went five years without making a film between 1997’s The Boxer and 2002’s The Gangs of New York, during which time he worked as a cobbler in Italy. “It’s an antidote to this other thing I do. Most particularly, perhaps, because you see this visible evidence, you have this tangible thing at the end, and if you f— up, you can see it very clearly and do it again,” Day-Lewis said to Rolling Stone in 2003 of his time cobbling. “It’s not a matter of opinion. It’s either good or it’s bad.”
After winning his third Oscar in 2013 for Lincoln, it was rumored Day-Lewis had planned to take an acting sabbatical and not appear in another project for five years.
The acting legend won his first Oscar for 1990’s My Left Foot and scored another for Anderson’s 2007 drama, There Will Be Blood. He was nominated two other times as well, for the aforementioned Gangs of New York and 1993’s In the Name of the Father.
Day-Lewis is one of six actors with three or more competitive acting Oscars, alongside Katharine Hepburn (four), and Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Ingrid Bergman, and Walter Brennan (three each).
The Phantom Thead will star Day-Lewis as an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.