28 Facts About Daniel Day Lewis

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Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis was born on 29 April 1957 and is an English retired actor.

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Daniel Day Lewis is one of the most selective actors in the film industry, having starred in only six films since 1998, with as many as five years between roles.

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Daniel Day Lewis then assumed leading man status in Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, My Left Foot, receiving his first Academy Award and British Academy Film Award for Best Actor, Michael Mann's historical war film The Last of the Mohicans, Jim Sheridan's courtroom drama In the Name of the Father and Martin Scorsese's period romance The Age of Innocence.

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4.

Daniel Day Lewis returned to acting in 2000, reuniting with Scorsese in the historical crime film Gangs of New York, winning a British Academy Film Award and receiving an Academy Award nomination.

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5.

Daniel Day Lewis won the Academy Award and British Academy Film Award for Best Actor for Paul Thomas Anderson's period drama There Will Be Blood and Steven Spielberg's biographical drama Lincoln.

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6.

Daniel Day Lewis then announced his retirement following the completion of the film.

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7.

Daniel Day Lewis's older sister, Tamasin Day-Lewis was born on 1953, and is a television chef and food critic.

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8.

Daniel Day Lewis's father, who was born in the Irish town of Ballintubbert, County Laois, was of Protestant Anglo-Irish descent, lived in England from age two, and was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom.

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9.

Daniel Day Lewis mastered the local accent and mannerisms, and credits that as being his first convincing performance.

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10.

Daniel Day Lewis's sister was already a student there, and it had a more relaxed and creative ethos.

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11.

Daniel Day Lewis made his film debut at age 14 in Sunday Bloody Sunday, in which he played a vandal in an uncredited role.

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12.

Daniel Day Lewis described the experience as "heaven" for getting paid £2 to vandalise expensive cars parked outside his local church.

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13.

Daniel Day Lewis was accepted at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which he attended for three years along with Miranda Richardson, eventually performing at the Bristol Old Vic itself.

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14.

Daniel Day Lewis was quiet and polite, but he was clearly focused on his acting—he had a burning quality.

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15.

Daniel Day Lewis seemed to have something burning beneath the surface.

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16.

Daniel Day Lewis next joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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17.

Daniel Day Lewis began sobbing uncontrollably, and refused to go back on stage; he was replaced by Jeremy Northam, who gave a triumphant performance.

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18.

Daniel Day Lewis later explained that this was more of a metaphor than a hallucination.

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19.

Daniel Day Lewis carried a long rifle at all times during filming to remain in character.

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20.

Daniel Day Lewis returned to work with Jim Sheridan on In the Name of the Father in which he played Gerry Conlon, one of the Guildford Four, who were wrongfully convicted of a bombing carried out by the Provisional IRA.

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21.

Daniel Day Lewis insisted that crew members throw cold water at him and verbally abuse him.

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22.

Daniel Day Lewis followed that with Jim Sheridan's The Boxer alongside Emily Watson, starring as a former boxer and IRA member recently released from prison.

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23.

Daniel Day Lewis's preparation included training with former boxing world champion Barry McGuigan.

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24.

Daniel Day Lewis moved to Florence, Italy, where he became intrigued by the craft of shoe-making.

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25.

Daniel Day Lewis took on the role of villainous gang leader William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting, starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, who played Bill's young protege as well as Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C Reilly, Brendan Gleeson, and Liam Neeson.

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26.

Daniel Day Lewis was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his role, as well as sharing nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast and the Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture with the rest of the cast members.

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27.

Daniel Day Lewis read over 100 books on Lincoln, and long worked with the make-up artist to achieve a physical likeness to Lincoln.

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28.

Daniel Day Lewis had a relationship with French actress Isabelle Adjani that lasted six years, eventually ending after a split and reconciliation.

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