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Also Known As: Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis, Daniel Day Lewis Died:
Born: April 29, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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Unpredictable and famously reserved about his private life to the point of being secluded, actor Daniel Day-Lewis proved time and again his considerable onscreen talents in roles befitting the highly complex actor. Though often compared to fellow Brit Laurence Olivier, Day-Lewis instead took his cues from the raw, aggressive loners of 1970s American cinema, namely Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro, in adapting a Method-style of acting. After gaining notice with his performances in "My Beautiful Laundrette" (1985) and "The Unbearable Likeness of Being" (1988), Day-Lewis developed a reputation for fully delving into his characters, often to the point of making their experiences his own - like staying in a wheelchair all day and being spoon fed like the real-life Christy Brown, the Irish writer and painter with cerebral palsy, in "My Left Foot" (1989). While he may have learned to track animals to play a frontiersman in "Last of the Mohicans" (1993) and lived in a prison cell to play an accused IRA bomber in "In the Name of the Father" (1993), it was highly doubtful Day-Lewis turned into a savage murderer for his Oscar-nominated turn as Bill the Butcher in "Gangs of New York" (2002). Nonetheless,...

Unpredictable and famously reserved about his private life to the point of being secluded, actor Daniel Day-Lewis proved time and again his considerable onscreen talents in roles befitting the highly complex actor. Though often compared to fellow Brit Laurence Olivier, Day-Lewis instead took his cues from the raw, aggressive loners of 1970s American cinema, namely Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro, in adapting a Method-style of acting. After gaining notice with his performances in "My Beautiful Laundrette" (1985) and "The Unbearable Likeness of Being" (1988), Day-Lewis developed a reputation for fully delving into his characters, often to the point of making their experiences his own - like staying in a wheelchair all day and being spoon fed like the real-life Christy Brown, the Irish writer and painter with cerebral palsy, in "My Left Foot" (1989). While he may have learned to track animals to play a frontiersman in "Last of the Mohicans" (1993) and lived in a prison cell to play an accused IRA bomber in "In the Name of the Father" (1993), it was highly doubtful Day-Lewis turned into a savage murderer for his Oscar-nominated turn as Bill the Butcher in "Gangs of New York" (2002). Nonetheless, Day-Lewis' focus on craft was palpable onscreen - again evidenced in his acclaimed leading performance in "Lincoln" (2012) - earning him yet another Oscar and the respect of all actors for being one of the most deeply committed thespians of his generation.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lincoln (2012)
2.
 Nine (2009)
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 Gangs of New York (2002) Bill "The Butcher" Cutting
6.
 Boxer, The (1997) Danny Flynn
7.
 Crucible, The (1996) John Proctor
8.
 In the Name of the Father (1993) Gerald Conlon
9.
 The Age Of Innocence (1993) Newland Archer
10.
 The Last of the Mohicans (1992) Nathaniel Poe/Hawkeye
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Landed first stage role in a Sevenoaks production of "Cry, the Beloved Country"
1971:
Made creen debut at age 13 in "Sunday, Bloody Sunday"
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Acted with the Bristol Old Vic and Royal Shakespeare Company
1982:
Starred for nine months in the West End production of "Another Country"
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First lead role for British TV, "How Many Miles to Babylon?"
1982:
First adult role (bit part) in "Gandhi"
1986:
Breakthrough screen roles, as a gay punk in "My Beautiful Laundrette" and an Edwardian dandy in "A Room With a View"
1988:
American film debut, starring role in the little-seen "Stars and Bars"
1988:
Confirmed leading man status as the playboy Tomas in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"
1989:
Played "Hamlet" at the National Theatre in London; withdrew from the play in mid-performance with only seven more shows to go; London papers cited 'nervous exhaustion'
1989:
Earned accolades, including a Best Actor Oscar, for his performance as quadriplegic Christy Brown in "My Left Foot"; also first film with director-writer Jim Sheridan
1992:
Starred in Michael Mann's "The Last of the Mohicans"
1993:
Reteamed with Jim Sheridan for the IRA drama "In the Name of the Father"; nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award
1993:
Co-starred in Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence"; first screen pairing with Winona Ryder
1996:
Starred opposite Winona Ryder in "The Crucible"
1997:
Third film with Jim Sheridan, "The Boxer"
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Took a leave of absence from acting by putting himself into "semi-retirement"
2002:
Returned acting to star in Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"; earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his performance
2005:
Starred opposite Catherine Keener in "The Ballad of Jack and Rose"; directed and written by wife Rebecca Miller
2007:
Gave award-winning performance as a Texas oilman in Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood," a loose adaptation of Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel <i>Oil!</i>
2009:
Played film director Guido Contini in Rob Marshall's musical adaptation of Broadway musical "Nine," which was inspired by Federico Fellini's autobiographical film "8½"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture ¿ Musical or Comedy ("Nine")
2012:
Portrayed the 16th U.S. president in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"
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Education

Sevenoaks School: Sevenoaks , Kent -
Bedales School: Petersfield , Hampshire -
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: -
Bristol Arts Centre: -

Notes

From "My Date With Daniel Day-Lewis" by Spaulding Gray in Elle (February, 1988):

SG: So when you're playing a role, are you really entering into this ... do you really feel it's another character outside of yourself?

DDL: You undergo a transformation in some respects. You can change your metabolism. You can change the speed of your thoughts. You change the process of your thoughts. You change, if you can, your stance, your movement and so on. I mean, there's no end to the possibilities. Human beings are very, very adaptable. But what goes on at the center is always you.

From "My Date With Daniel Day-Lewis" by Spaulding Gray in Elle (February 1988):

DDL: It's just an illusion. I mean what you're aiming for is to create an illusion for other people. But what you also have to create is an illusion for yourself. An illusion that you cherish.

"No matter how difficult the character, Day-Lewis bestows upon him a gift of empathy, of imaginative understanding. Intellectual analysis has something to do with it but not much. The secret is loyalty. He never wavers in his acceptance of the person he has consented to become. He imposes no theory, he offers no comment, and he never withdraws his affection."

"`I most enjoy the loss of self,' Day-Lewis says, assessing the satisfactions of his work. `That can only be achieved through detailed understanding of another life--not by limping and growing a moustache ...'" --From "Risk Taker Supreme" by Matthew Gurewitsch, Connoisseur, December 1989.

"Dan has a great advantage over us all because his grandfather ran a studio for 40 years. He not only knows all about the 'star' buisness, he also probably knows more about this industry than any director. So, his annoyance with stories that he would star in this or that would be that he would never give his word and go back on it. The work is spiritual to Daniel." --director Jim Sheridan to Movieline, December 1993.

"I suppose I have a highly developed capacity for self-delusion, so it's no problem for me to believe that I'm somebody else." --Day-Lewis quoted in Entertainment Weekly, December 28, 1993.

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companion:
Juliette Binoche. Actor. Had brief affair during filming of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being".
companion:
Isabelle Adjani. Actor. Met c. 1989; carried on intermittent relationship for about five years until c. 1994; no longer together; mother of Day-Lewis' son Gabriel.
companion:
Saffron Burrows. Actor. Involved during the filming of "In the Name of the Father".
companion:
Julia Roberts. Actor. Together c. 1994-95; no longer together.
companion:
Deya Pichardo. Physical trainer. Together c. 1995-96.
wife:
Rebecca Miller. Director, actor. Married on November 13, 1996 in Vermont; daughter of playwright Arthur Miller.
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grandfather:
Michael Balcon. Producer, executive. A key figure in the history of British cinema; founded Gainsborough Pictures and Bryanston Films; at various times headed Gaumont-British, MGM-British, Ealing and British Lion Pictures; Jewish and Baltic; died in 1977 at age 81.
father:
Cecil Day-Lewis. Writer. Was English Poet Laureate from 1968 until his death in 1972.
mother:
Jill Balcon. Actor. Born in 1925.
sister:
Tamasin Day-Lewis. Journalist, documentary filmmaker, actor. Older.
son:
Gabriel Kane Adjani. Born in April 1995; mother, Isabelle Adjani.
son:
Ronan. Born on June 14, 1998; mother, Rebecca Miller.
son:
Cashel. Born May 2002.
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