The shockwaves are just being felt in Hollywood. Day-Lewis is widely considered among the finest working actors, and he is only to ever win three Academy Awards for Best Actor—as the titular U.S. President in Lincoln (2012), as an avaricious oil tycoon in There Will Be Blood (2007) and as artist Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989).
He has offered no reason for calling an end to his four-decade-long career, and a spokesperson for the actor says we may never get one.
"Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject."
Day-Lewis's next film Phantom Thread, which is set in the fashion world in 1950s London, will effectively be his last. The film will carry extra weight as it reunited him with his There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson.
It will hard to watch him go when Phantom Thread hits theaters on February 2, 2017. Until then, revisit some more of his best moments below.