Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an English/Irish three-time Academy Award-winner and legendarily intense method actor. He has starred in such acclaimed films as My Left Foot, Age Of Innocence, The Last of the Mohicans, In the Name of the Father, Gangs of New York, There Will Be Blood, and Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's long-gestating biopic Lincolnnote His father was British Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis. He's married to Arthur Miller's daughter Rebecca Miller, an accomplished writer in her own right, who he met while filming The Crucible.He is parodied in Irish RTÉ series The Savage Eye, which plays up his supposed devotion to his roles and has him lapsing into them during the sketches.
This actor provided examples of:
- Badass Moustache: Two of the most iconic as Bill the Butcher and Daniel Plainview.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Let's be honest, he'd have been committed to an asylum long ago if he wasn't such a brilliant actor.
- Call to Agriculture: After learning to make his own clothes in preparation for one film, he left film for six years to become a cobbler in Florence.
- Chewing the Scenery: When the time calls for him to yell, he will YELL.
- Death Glare: Check out the absolute crackers he gives to his nurse/ future wife when she tries to take his hidden bottle of whiskey off him in My Left Foot, to Eli Sunday during his "confirmation" in There Will Be Blood, and at several points during Gangs of New York.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: 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 Peter Jackson, 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.
- Jerkass: A bit more of a complicated example. He's not necessarily an unpleasant person off-character, but his commitment to staying in character often makes him difficult to work with.
- Large Ham: See Chewing the Scenery for more details.
- Man of a Thousand Faces: He changes his appearance and behaviors radically in every film he acts in.
- Nice Jewish Boy: Though by his own admission he's an agnostic. As for the nice part, see the Jerkass entry above.
- Parental Abandonment: His father died when he was fourteen. This became an issue years later when during a production of 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.
- Serious Business: Notoriously takes acting very seriously. Luckily he's very good at it.
- Gandhi (1982) (bit part)
- The Bounty
- My Beautiful Laundrette
- My Left Foot
- The Age of Innocence
- The Last of the Mohicans
- In the Name of the Father
- The Crucible
- Gangs of New York
- The Ballad of Jack and Rose
- There Will Be Blood