Daniel Day-Lewis

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Daniel Day-Lewis

Born

4/29/1957, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Daniel Day Lewis
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Biography

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Daniel is an actor whose on-screen intensity is rivaled only by his off-screen intensity, he is one of the most acclaimed and least understood performers of his generation.

The stories surrounding his complete immersion in his roles are legendary, from his insistence on remaining in a…more

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  • Trivia

    • Over his career, Daniel Day-Lewis has been nominated for and received the following acting awards: 2013- Won Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Lincoln( 2012) 2008 - Won Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for There Will Be Blood(2007) 2008 - Won BAFTA for Best Leading Actor for There Will Be Blood (2007) 2008 - Won Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for There Will Be Blood (2007) 2008 - Won BFCA Award for Best Actor for There Will Be Blood (2007) 2008 - Won Golden Globe for Best Actor (Motion Picture - Drama) for There Will Be Blood (2007) 2008 - Won KCFCC award for Best Actor for There Will Be Blood (2007) 2007 - Won CFCA award for Best Actor for There Will Be Blood (2007) 2007 - Won FFCC award for Best Actor for There Will Be Blood (2007) 2005 - Received the Berlinale Camera Award from the Berlin International Film Festival 2004 - Nominated for Empire Award for Best Actor for Gangs of New York (2002) 2003 - Won VFCC Award for Best Actor for Gangs of New York (2002) 2003 - Won Sierra Award for Best Actor for Gangs of New York (2002) 2003 - Won Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Gangs of New York (2002) 2003 - Won OFCS Award for Best Actor for Gangs of New York (2002) 2003 - Won KCFCC Award for Best Actor for Gangs of New York (2002) 2003 - Won Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for Gangs of New York (2002) 2003 - Won Golden Aries Award for Best Foreign Actor for Gangs of New York (2002) 2003 - Won FFCC Award for Best Actor for Gangs of New York (2002) 2003 - Won CFCA Award for Best Actor for Gangs of New York (2002) 2003 - Won BFCA Award for Best Actor for Gangs of New York (2002) 2003 - Won BAFTA Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Gangs of New York (2002) 2003 - Nominated for Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Gangs of New York (2002) 2003 - Nominated for MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for Gangs of New York (2002) 2003 - Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for Gangs of New York (2002) 2002 - Won Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Actor for Gangs of New York (2002) 2002 - Won SEFCA Award for Best Actor for Gangs of New York (2002) 2002 - Won SDFCS Award for Best Actor for Gangs of New York (2002) 2002 - Won NYFCC Award for Best Actor for Gangs of New York (2002) 2002 - Won LAFCA Award for Best Actor for Gangs of New York (2002) 1998 - Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for The Boxer (1997) 1994 - Nominated for Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the Name of the Father (1993) 1994 - Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for the Name of the Father (1993) 1994 - Nominated for BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor for the Name of the Father (1993) 1993 - Won Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor for The Last of the Mohicans (1992) 1993 - Won BSFC Award for Best Actor for the Name of the Father (1993) 1993 - Won ALFS Award for British Actor of the Year for The Last of the Mohicans (1992) 1993 - Nominated for BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor for The Last of the Mohicans (1992) 1990 - Won Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role forMy Left Foot(1989) 1990 - Won NSFC Award for Best Actor for My Left Foot (1989) 1990 - Won Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor for My Left Foot (1989) 1990 - Won BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor for My Left Foot (1989) 1990 - Won ALFS Award for Actor of the Year for My Left Foot (1989) 1990 - Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for My Left Foot (1989) 1989 - Won NYFCC Award for Best Actor for My Left Foot (1989) 1989 - Won LAFCA Award for Best Actor for My Left Foot (1989) 1989 - Won Best Actor Award for My Left Foot (1989) at the Montreal World Film Festival 1989 - Nominated for European Film Award for Best Actor for My Left Foot (1989) 1989 - Daniel & director Jim Sheridan won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention for My Left Foot (1989) at the Montreal World Film Festival 1986 - Won NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actor for My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) 1986 - Won NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actor for A Room with a View (1985) 1986 - Won NBR Award for Best Supporting Actor for My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) 1986 - Won NBR Award for Best Supporting Actor for A Room with a View (1985)

    • Over his career, Daniel was noted by the following magazines:

      • 2006 - Premiere magazine listed their "100 Greatest Performances" and Daniel's role as Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989) was ranked #11. Daniel also occupied the #53 spot for his role as Bill "The Butcher" Cutting in Gangs of New York (2002).

      • 2003 - Daniel made it on People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" list.

      • 1997 - Daniel ranked #25 in Empire magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

      • 1995 - Daniel was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars" in film history, placing #11.

      • 1990 - Daniel was chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world.

    • Daniel, when he won the SAG best actor award in 2008 (for There Will Be Blood), dedicated it to actor Heath Ledger who had died the week before.

    • From 2003 through 2004, Daniel participated in several radio dramas on BBC Radio 4.

    • Daniel's art work was reproduced in The Irish: A Treasury of Art and Literature, edited by Leslie Conron Carola and released in 1993.

    • Daniel hated being at Sevenoaks School so much that he ran away.

    • When Michael Madsen dropped out of the running for the part of "Vincent Vega" in Pulp Fiction, Daniel tried out, but lost out to John Travolta.

    • Daniel was attached to an adaptation of Rose and the Snake in the early 1990s, but it wasn't until he married his wife Rebecca Miller that the project was rekindled as The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005).

    • Daniel shares his birthday with Uma Thurman and comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

    • Daniel is frequently called the "English Robert De Niro" early in his career, Day-Lewis recently referred to De Niro as his "champion."

    • In keeping with his habit of immersing himself in his character while shooting a film, Daniel lived apart from his wife (and director) during the shooting of The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005).

    • Mel Gibson considered Daniel for the lead role in The Passion of the Christ (2004) but decided that he looked too "European."

    • In The Crucible, Joan Allen plays his wife. In The Boxer, Emily Watson plays his wife. Both have played "Reba McLain." Allen played the part in Manhunter, Watson played the part in the remake, Red Dragon.

    • Daniel was the first of three consecutive British actors to win the Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role, Jeremy Irons being next and Anthony Hopkins the third. Each of them coincidentally won at their first nomination in the Academy Awards.

    • Always quiet and introverted, Daniel said that he was not popular in school and was mocked as an outsider while growing up in England, partially because he was of half-Jewish/half-Irish stock. The upside was that, instead of socializing, he developed a rich fantasy life that later helped him to delve so deeply into his characters.

    • Director Jonathan Demme offered Daniel the part of "Andrew Beckett" in Philadelphia (1993) but he was already committed to work on In the Name of the Father (1993). Daniel was nominated for an Oscar for best actor in In the Name of the Father but the Oscar went to Tom Hanks, who took the role in Philadelphia that Daniel declined.

    • Daniel and actress Michelle Pfeiffer share a birthday (April 29), and coincidentally also have the same wedding day (November 13), although neither were in the same year.

    • Daniel admitted that he listened to Eminem to get into an angry, self-righteous frame of mind as "Bill the Butcher" while shooting Gangs of New York (2002).

    • Daniel is a highly skilled woodworker in addition to being able to make his living as a cobbler.

    • Daniel's habit of staying in character even when off the set led him to get sick during the shooting of Gangs of New York. He refused to get out of his 19th century clothes to get warmer, until doctors eventually intervened.

    • Daniel was on a four-year hiatus, concentrating on his work as a cobbler in Florence, Italy, when Harvey Weinstein, Martin Scorsese and Leonard DiCaprio convinced to come back to New York and take a role in Gangs of New York (2002).

    • Daniel assumed Irish citizenship, and moved to County Wicklow, Ireland in 1993.

    • Daniel describes himself as "a lifelong study of evasion."

    • Daniel is the brother of director Tamasin Day-Lewis.

    • Daniel turned down the role of "Aragorn" in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    • Daniel married actress/writer/director Rebecca Miller, the son of playwright Arthur Miller, on 13 November 1996. They have two sons, Ronan (14 June 1998) and Cashel (May 2002). He also has a son, from a previous relationship with actress Isabelle Adjani, Gabriel-Kane, born 9 April 1995.

    • Daniel is 6'1 1/2" tall.

  • Quotes

    • Daniel Day-Lewis: (When asked about his taking Irish citizenship) Yes, I do have dual citizenship, but I think of England as my country. I miss London very much but I couldn't live there because there came a time when I needed to be private and was forced to be public by the press. I couldn't deal with it.

    • Daniel Day-Lewis: (on acting) If I weren't allowed this outlet, there wouldn't be a place for me in society.

    • Daniel Day-Lewis: I suppose I have a highly developed capacity for self-delusion, so it's no problem for me to believe I'm somebody else.

    • Daniel Day-Lewis: (On whether or not he will act in films more often in the future) Nothing happened over the course of making Gangs of New York that made me think, "Why don't I do this more often?"

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • One of the Most Diverse

    10
    Daniel Day-Lewis performs beautifully in very role he does. Immersing himself completely, making his characters very believable and they are not overshadowed by his celebrity (it also has to do with not being overexposed). His performances are spaced out like a director instead of an actor. "In the Name of the Father" is one of my favorites. "My Left Foot" showed his depth and commitment. His rage that slowly boils over in "There Will be Blood" was intense and it drives the movie. His range is impressive and he knows how to choose the right of roles. His role as Abraham in "Lincoln" will be another great performance.moreless
  • Is there anything this magnificent actor can't do? I don't think so!

    10
    Whenever you hear the name Daniel Day-Lewis, it immediately conjurs up some of the finest screen performances but an actor ever seen. Who among those of us who have seen it could possibly forget his riveting portrayal of Cerebral Palsy sufferer, Christie Brown in 'My Left Foot', for which he won a much-deserved academy award. And if anybody could have delivered a better John Proctor in 'The Crucible, I'd like to know who it would be because Daniel was amazing and brought both of these real life characters to the screen in such a way as to make his performances truly unforgettable.



    Add to that roles like "The Age of Innocence" and you get an idea of just how versatile he is. Any role is well within his tremendous capabilities and any of his films are worth the time to just sit back and watch. If you haven't, you should, you won't be disappointed.moreless
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