Fans shocked and saddened by the news that Daniel Day-Lewis has quit acting can at least take comfort in his vast body of work.
A rep for the 60-year-old actor made the surprise announcement on Tuesday that Day-Lewis was stepping away from the profession.
“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,” his publicist, Leslee Dart, said in a statement. “This is a private decision, and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”
It appears his final role will be in the upcoming “Phantom Thread,” a drama directed by Paul Thomas Anderson that is set to premiere in December. Day-Lewis is also expected to do publicity for the film.
Nominated for five Academy Awards, Day-Lewis is the only man to win three best actor Oscars.
A method actor, he is known for the extreme lengths he went to in order to portray a character.
Here are some of his best-known roles and what he did to bring each role to life:
Day-Lewis last appeared on screen in his Oscar-winning turn as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg‘s 2012 film “Lincoln.” Throughout the shooting of the film, he reportedly remained in character, sending his co-star Sally Field a text message as Lincoln and asking the English cast members not to speak with him in their British accents.
‘My Left Foot’
For his first Oscar-winning performance in 1989’s “My Left Foot,” Day-Lewis spent eight weeks visiting a cerebral palsy clinic to learn how to speak like his character and write and paint with his left foot. He also stayed in a wheelchair during filming and insisted that he be carried around and fed by crew members.
‘There Will Be Blood’
Day-Lewis earned his second Oscar playing a ruthless oilman in Anderson’s 2007 historical drama “There Will Be Blood.” To prepare for the part, he listened to recordings of John Huston in order to create the voice of Daniel Plainview and…