Legendary actor Daniel Day-Lewis retires in typically mysterious fashion

"This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject", Dart said.

"Daniel Day Lewis has retired from acting as part of a four year method preparation for playing a retired actor", one person tweeted.

This isn't the first time he has announced his retirement, as some noted.

Son of poet Cicil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon, he debuted at age 14 in the 1971 film Sunday Bloody Sunday, though he really grabbed the critics' attention with the movies My Beautiful Laundrette and A Room with a View. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and worked in theatre and TV in England, before he got his start in film. For 35 years, Day-Lewis, 60, has made an impression in the entertainment industry and has a reputation for being very selective with his projects.

The British-Irish actor is known for keeping a low profile and is notorious for taking long breaks between films.

Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting, according to a statement given by the spokeswoman for the three-time Academy Award victor Tuesday, shocking the entertainment world.

He earned a golden statuette for "My Left Foot" (1989), in which he plays writer and artist Christy Brown, who was confined to a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy; a second one for "There Will Be Blood" (2008), in which he plays a fierce oil man; and a third for the lead role in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" (2013).

Daniel Day-Lewis will surely be missed. To commemorate Day-Lewis' achievements in film, here are the five most iconic roles of his career.

Fans of the living legend Daniel Day-Lewis need not despair as his final movie, as yet untitled directed by Paul Thomas Anderson is scheduled to hit the screens on the 25th of December this year. Phantom Thread is described as being set in 1950s London, and is the story of a dressmaker who is commissioned by royals and high society to create wearable works of art.

Day-Lewis is married to writer-director Rebecca Miller and has three children. They all reside in Ireland together, where Day-Lewis is also a citizen.

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