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Daniel Day Lewis Retires From Acting

| by Lauren Briggs

Legendary character actor Sir Daniel Day Lewis is going out on top, as the 60-year-old, three-time Oscar winner's representative announced his retirement on June 20.

"Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor," his spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, said in a statement to Variety. "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."

They did not elaborate on the reasoning for his departure.

The acclaimed method actor is known for his intense dedication to his roles and holds three Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role, more than any other man has ever won.

Day-Lewis has one remaining project coming out: a drama with Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed him in his Oscar-winning role as an oil prospector in "There Will Be Blood." The upcoming film, titled "Phantom Thread," depicts the London fashion world in the 1950s, according to BuzzFeed.

"He has become justifiably celebrated for disappearing into his characters with a completeness that is both terrifying and an ideal match for Anderson's filmmaking approach," wrote critic Kenneth Turan, according to The Los Angeles Times. "Day-Lewis works at such a high-wire level that many of the film's supporting cast members simply fade away."

The actor's representatives have not said whether or not he will be sitting back for the upcoming film's publicity tour.

The renowned performer is known for his wide range and for transforming into his roles, sometimes remaining in character off-screen until filming wrapped. He has been highly selective with the roles he takes on, having filmed only six movies since 2002.

Day-Lewis won his other two awards for portraying a man with cerebral palsy in the 1989 film "My Left Foot" and former President Abraham Lincoln during his final months in the 2012 film "Lincoln."

"No one needs to be told at this late date what a consummate actor he is, but even those used to the way he disappears into roles will be startled by the marvelously relaxed way he morphs into this character and simply becomes Lincoln," Turan wrote of Day-Lewis' latest Oscar turn. "While his heroic qualities are visible when they're needed, Day-Lewis' Lincoln is a deeply human individual, stooped and weary after four years of civil war but endowed with a palpable largeness of spirit and a genuine sense of humor."

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