[[caption-width-right:300:[[MethodActing For this article, Mr. Day-Lewis actually turned himself into a web site.]]]]
->''"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."''

Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an English/Irish three-time UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winner and legendarily intense method actor. He has starred in such acclaimed films as ''Film/MyLeftFoot'', ''Age Of Innocence'', ''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans'', ''Film/InTheNameOfTheFather'', ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'', and UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in Creator/StevenSpielberg's [[DevelopmentHell long-gestating]] biopic ''Film/{{Lincoln}}''. [[TheAce His Oscar win for this role made him the first man to win the Best Actor Oscar three times]]; he is also the only person to win an Oscar for playing an actual American President.

His father was British Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and his maternal grandfather was film producer Michael Balcon. He's married to [[Theatre/TheCrucible Arthur]] [[Theatre/DeathOfASalesman Miller's]] daughter Rebecca Miller, an accomplished writer in her own right, who he met while filming ''Theatre/TheCrucible''.

He is parodied in Irish Creator/{{RTE}} series ''Series/TheSavageEye'', which plays up his supposed devotion to his roles and has him lapsing into them during the sketches.

On June 20, 2017, he announced [[http://variety.com/2017/film/news/daniel-day-lewis-quits-acting-oscar-winner-1202472766/ his retirement from acting]], calling it "a private decision". His final performance was in Creator/PaulThomasAnderson's ''Film/PhantomThread'', released on Christmas Day, 2017.

!!This actor provided examples of:

* BadassMoustache: Two of the most iconic as Bill the Butcher and Daniel Plainview.
** And now the BadassBeard with ''Film/{{Lincoln}}''.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Let's be honest, he'd have been committed to an asylum long ago if he wasn't such a brilliant actor.
* CallToAgriculture: After learning to make his own clothes in preparation for one film, he left film for six years to become a cobbler in Florence.
* ChewingTheScenery: When the time calls for him to yell, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i4cAvR5O3Q he will YELL.]]
* CreatorBreakdown: Daniel's MethodActing once led to an incident where he collapsed into a sobbing wreck during a performance of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' as the titular character, during the scene where Hamlet speaks to his father's ghost. Daniel later admitted that during the scene he saw his own father (who had died over a decade earlier). He never appeared on stage again.
* DeathGlare: Check out the absolute crackers he gives to his nurse/ [[spoiler: future wife]] when she tries to take his hidden bottle of whiskey off him in ''Film/MyLeftFoot'', to Eli Sunday during his "confirmation" in ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'', and at several points during ''Film/GangsOfNewYork''.
* DoingItForTheArt: As has been mentioned, Day-Lewis is one of the most well known method actors around, to the point where he's actually achieved a memetic status as the go to for insane dedication to acting, as during the filming process, he never gets out of character. While playing Bill the Butcher in ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', he famously refused to seek medical treatment for pneumonia until it became almost life threatening, as it was not in keeping with available medical treatment in the 1860's. He also [[ThrowItIn ad libbed]] tapping on his glass eye with a knife to intimidate William Tweed. When playing a villain, he will accost other actors in character on and off the set, and get into fights in bars in preparation for a role. When playing any character, he will spend six months mastering an accent,[[note]]Even if it's completely unnecessary--the most extreme example being when he learned Czech to play the lead in ''Literature/TheUnbearableLightnessOfBeing'' despite the fact that the film was shot in English[[/note]] learning various crafts, and adopting disabilities.
* DyeingForYourArt: Trained as a boxer for three years and broke a knuckle for his role in ''The Boxer''.
* FakeAmerican: Several roles, such as [[Literature/TheAgeOfInnocence Newland Archer]], [[Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans Hawkeye]], [[Film/GangsOfNewYork Bill the Butcher]], [[Film/ThereWillBeBlood Daniel Plainview]] and [[Film/{{Lincoln}} Abraham Lincoln]]. He's a one-man history of 19th Century America.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: His jerkass fame (or infamy) has cost him roles, including ones that he probably would have enjoyed doing and would have been very good in, simply because some directors (such as Creator/PeterJackson, when he was casting for Aragorn in ''The Lord of the Rings'') are unwilling to subject themselves and the other actors under their care to his behavior.
* LargeHam: See ChewingTheScenery for more details.
* ManOfAThousandFaces: He changes his appearance and behaviors radically in every film he acts in.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: A bit more of a complicated example. His commitment to [[MethodActing staying in character]] often makes him difficult to work with especially because he tends to gravitate to heavy roles with characters that are lashing out at the world and this often results in his lashing out at his coworkers during production. However, out-of-character, he is generally very soft-spoken and quite self-deprecating about his commitment to his craft. He also showed up to the Hope For Haiti Now telethon to help raise funds for the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims.
* MethodActing: To say the least. He's famous for his exhaustive, in-depth preparations for his characters, for which he will always do extensive research, and not once breaking character until production is wrapped. He could be considered the patron saint of this trope.
* NiceJewishBoy: Though by his own admission he's an agnostic.
* ParentalAbandonment: His father died when he was fourteen. This became an issue years later when during a production of ''{{Theatre/Hamlet}}'', he had a nervous breakdown, specifically during the scene of confronting the father's ghost. Years later he admitted that he got so into the role, that he actually felt that he had seen his own father's ghost. It's his last theatrical role to date.
* PlayingAgainstType: He doesn't exactly have a type, per se, but he first drew attention in America for playing two incredibly different roles in movies that happened to premiere in the US on the same day: as the repressed, snobbish, upper-class, Edwardian-era Englishman Cecil in ''Film/ARoomWithAView''; and Johnny, the gay ex-skinhead thug in Thatcher's London engaged in a forbidden romance with a Pakistani boy in ''MyBeautifulLaundrette''. '''Many''' critics were impressed that he did both roles so convincingly.
* ProductionPosse: At the very least, [[Film/MyLeftFoot Jim]] [[Film/InTheNameOfTheFather Sheridan]], Creator/MartinScorsese and now Creator/PaulThomasAnderson are the only directors willing to work with him more than once.
* SeriousBusiness: Notoriously takes acting very seriously. Luckily he's very good at it.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** He actively campaigned for the part of Vincent Vega in ''Film/PulpFiction'', but was turned down by Creator/QuentinTarantino.
** He was also going to be cast as Aragorn in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films when Stuart Townsend was kicked off the project, but Creator/PeterJackson ended up going with Creator/ViggoMortensen because of Day-Lewis's reputation as a difficult actor to work with. Had Mortensen actually drowned in ''The Two Towers'' film, however, he might've been Mortensen's replacement.
** He was Creator/JonathanDemme's first choice to play Andrew Beckett in ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}''[[note]]Leading to a rather tasteless joke that he would have actually contracted AIDS for the part[[/note]]. He turned down the role to star in ''Film/TheAgeOfInnocence''. Amusingly, he ended up losing the Academy Award for Best Actor to Creator/TomHanks, who was ultimately cast as Beckett.
** He was considered for Jesus in ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', but was deemed "too European".
!! Filmography

* ''Film/{{Gandhi}}'' (1982) (bit part)
* ''Film/TheBounty''
* ''My Beautiful Laundrette''
* ''Literature/ARoomWithAView''
* ''Film/MyLeftFoot''
* ''Maurice''
* ''Literature/TheAgeOfInnocence''
* ''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans''
* ''Film/InTheNameOfTheFather''
* ''Theatre/TheCrucible''
* ''Film/GangsOfNewYork''
* ''The Ballad of Jack and Rose''
* ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood''
* ''Nine''
* ''Film/{{Lincoln}}''
* ''Film/PhantomThread''