In a statement issued in June, his spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, said he 'will no longer be working as an actor,' trade magazine Variety reported.
Painful: The Irish star, who rocketed to fame in Last of the Mohicans, was pictured hobbling down the street near his New York home wearing what appeared to be a hospital bracelet and with his left arm in a cast while wincing in pain'He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years,' Dart said, 'This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.'Daniel, a master of method acting known for being extremely selective about his roles, is the only performer to have ever won three best actor Oscars.
His strong on-screen presence and remarkable range quickly set him apart, earning him praise from critics and audiences alike.
The two characters are polar opposites, even if both are quintessential Americans.
In the old days of the US studios, when actors were obliged to take the roles the bosses gave them, a career like his would have been unthinkable.
He also reportedly listened to rapper Eminem to get into an angry mood for the role.
Apart from his Oscar performances, some of his most memorable other roles were in 'My Beautiful Laundrette' (1985), 'A Room With a View' (1985), 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' (1988) and 'The Last of the Mohicans' (1992).
In recent award speeches, Day-Lewis has deftly sent up his image as the obsessive who allows himself to be taken over by the characters he plays.
That, though, is what makes him special – it is also why he has three Oscars to his name in spite of making fewer than a dozen movies since My Left Foot in 1989. His trick was to study Alexander Gardner’s American Civil War era photos of Lincoln in the minutest detail.
A source exclusively told Page Six: 'He was in a motorbike accident and broke his arm. When contacted by Mail Online a rep for Daniel Day-Lewis declined to comment.
News of the alleged accident comes just months after the star retired from acting.
Occasionally, he is guilty of some pantomime villain-style mugging – witness his luridly over-the-top performance as the top hat wearing thug Bill The Butcher in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs Of New York.
It’s instructive to compare his very dark performance as the ruthless oilman in There Will Be Blood (for which he won his second Oscar) with his much lighter turn as Lincoln, in which he conveys brilliantly the President’s slyness but also his wisdom and idealism.
When he does appear on screen, it’s always bound to be in a radical new guise.