[[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. 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 will be Creator/PaulThomasAnderson's ''Phantom Thread'', scheduled for release 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.]]
* 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''.
* 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.
* 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.
* SeriousBusiness: Notoriously takes acting very seriously. Luckily he's very good at it.
!! 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''