One of the best actors in Hollywood history is walking away from the silver screen. Daniel Day-Lewis has been a household name since the early 1990s, but at only 60 years of age, he says he is retiring from acting.
Day-Lewis got his big break in 1985, starring in a little known film called My Beautiful Laundrette. He became a critical darling in the late 80s starring in risque movies like The Unbearable Lightness of Being, but it was his role as Christy Brown in My Left Foot which really made him a star.
Playing an artist with Cerebral Palsy, Day-Lewis set a new standard for method acting, spending the entire shoot in a wheelchair.
"It was madness," said Kirsten Sheridan, daughter of the film's director. "You'd be feeding him, wheeling him around. During the entire film I only saw him walk once."
He won an Oscar for Best Actor for that film and then despite (or maybe because of) his eccentricities Day-Lewis became one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men.
He played a Native American scout in the action-drama Last of the Mohicans, a film for which he learned to build canoes, gained more award nominations for The Age of Innocence and In The Name of the Father.
After that movie Day-Lewis began to work less, doing only a movie about every 2 years until 1997. after that Day-Lewis disappeared.
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