"He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years", Dart said. His films since then have included "The Last of the Mohicans", "The Age of Innocence", "In the Name of the Father" and "Gangs of NY".
It's a great loss for Hollywood, not simply because of Day-Lewis' talent, but also because of how scarce the opportunities were to witness it.
"The most famous and challenging beard of them all sits on the chin of Daniel Day-Lewis, who eases into a role of epic difficulty as if it were a coat he had been wearing for years", wrote A.O. Scott in his 2012 New York Times review of the movie.
He has one more movie in the works - "Phantom Thread", which is set in London's 1950s fashion world and is due to be released in December. He made his film debut in 1971 in Sunday Bloody Sunday but then turned to the stage.
As the film kid on your freshman year dorm floor would have told you, Day-Lewis is one of the last method actors in film. During his career, the actor was also won two Golden Globe Best Actor trophies and four BAFTA Film Awards.
After starring in 1997's The Boxer, he disappeared from the screen. Day-Lewis began his acting career on TV in the early 1980s and became a household name following acclaimed performances in films like My Beautiful Laundrette, A Room With a View and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. He took long stretches of time away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to be with his family in Ireland and to learn "rural skills". Known for staying in character during production-even between takes and at lunch-Mr.
Of course there were some tongue-in-cheek suggestions as to what Day-Lewis could do in his spare time, including possibly serving as President Trump's press secretary, a post occupied by Sean Spicer.
Daniel Day-Lewis' wife is actress Rebecca Miller and Daniel Day-Lewis' kids are sons Gabriel, Ronan, and Cashel.