Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Retirement from Acting


After four decades, twenty some-odd films, three Oscar wins and an endless stream of accolades, Daniel Day-Lewis is… calling it a day. The actor chose to announce this week that he will be retiring from acting after he finishes work on P.T. Anderson’s next film, tentatively titled Phantom Thread. The movie is set in the set in 1950s London with Day-Lewis playing Charles James, a fashion designer who worked for members of high society and the royal family. DDL’s spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, released the following statement:

“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.”

We’ve seen plenty of actors and directors announce their retirement only to change their mind a few years later, but Daniel Day-Lewis seems like the kind of guy who will likely follow through. He previously took a break from acting in the ’90s to be an apprentice shoemaker in Florence. His impressive filmography stands as a testament to his talent and taste, heavily favouring quality over quantity. Some of the many highlights include My Left Foot, A Room with a View, Gandhi, The Last of the Mohicans, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Gangs of New York, Lincoln, and of course, P.T. Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. What are your favourite Daniel Day-Lewis performances?

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  • Average Film Junk Fan

    What a fucking shame! If we under impose the presuppositions of this fucking great actor, we will be doing a fucking disservice. “I drink your milk shake!!!!” Fucking great line. You will be missed.

  • Peter Harrison

    The best there is. The only film actor that comes close is Meryl.

  • Scot

    Ending with a PTA film, not a bad way to go out. I didn’t realize that he was playing a real person. I know The Master was heavily based on L. Ron Hubbard, but I guess this would be PTA’s first real biopic of sorts.

  • 1138sw

    Man really depressing news! Truly fantastic actor who’s performance in My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood will always stay with me! A true artist who reveled in his characters, suppressing any lasting identity of himself…the only other actor to come close is Streep IMO.

    It’s not surprising since he was a man of “other” explorations in life and was extremely private shunning the attention other actors craved. Plus while I do believe he loved the craft, I always felt he struggled with the movie making process? I could be wrong but I never thought he embraced the Hollywood or Independent system of filmmaking.

    Either way a great loss. He will be missed. Sigh.

  • Corey Pierce

    I look forward to his puppetry career

  • Larry Morgan

    Baller move tbh

  • LordAwesome

    Meryl Streep is a hack. She’s never portrayed a real emotion on screen in her life.

  • Facebook User

    Not to be a dick…but why does he have to “announce” his retirement? Especially if “neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.” It’s not like he has to let someone at his 9 to 5 job know he’s not going to be there in the morning. He does a film every 3 or 4 years – presumably he only does the films he wants to anyway. If it’s really a private matter… just stop taking jobs. Nobody would probably notice for 10 years and he’d have the privacy he seems to be after. It’s like he’s purposely drawing attention to himself. If you really wanted privacy it seems to me this is pretty much the last thing you would do. Let’s be honest nobody is going to have to adjust their day as a result of this. (or for any other actor) It almost seems like an Erlich Bachman move.