Daniel Day-Lewis Biography

Birthday: 1957-04-29
Place of Birth: Greenwich, London
Height: 6' 1½" (1.87 m)
Wiki Biography: Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis was born in London, England, the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (aka Nicholas Blake) (Poet Laureate of England) and his second wife, Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema, head of the famous Ealing Studios. His older sister, Tamasin Day-Lewis, is a documentary filmmaker. Daniel was educated at Sevenoaks School in Kent, which he despised, and the more progressive Bedales in Petersfield, which he adored. He studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic School. Daniel made his film debut in Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), but then acted on stage with the Bristol Old Vic and Royal Shakespeare Companies and did not appear on screen again until 1982, when he landed his first adult role, a bit part in Gandhi (1982). He also appeared on British TV that year in "Frost in May" (1982) and How Many Miles to Babylon? (1982) (TV). Notable theatrical performances include Another Country (1982-83), Dracula (1984), and The Futurists (1986). His first major supporting role in a feature film was in The Bounty (1984), quickly followed by My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and A Room with a View (1985). The latter two films opened in New York on the same day, offering audiences and critics evidence of his remarkable range and establishing him as a major talent. The New York Film Critics named him Best Supporting Actor for those performances. In 1986, he appeared on stage in Richard Eyre's The Futurists and on television in Eyre's production of "Screen Two: The Insurance Man (#2.7)" (1986). He also had a small role in a British/French film, Nanou (1986). In 1987 he assumed leading-man status in Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), followed by a comedic role in the unsuccessful Stars and Bars (1988). His brilliant performance as "Christy Brown" in Jim Sheridan's My Left Foot (1989) won him numerous awards, including The Academy Award for best actor. He returned to the stage to work again with Eyre, as Hamlet at the National Theater, but was forced to leave the production close to the end of its run because of exhaustion, and has not appeared on stage since. He took a hiatus from film as well until 1992, when he starred in The Last of the Mohicans (1992), a film that met with mixed reviews but was a great success at the box office. He worked with American director Martin Scorsese in The Age of Innocence (1993) in 1994. Subsequently, he teamed again with Jim Sheridan to star in In the Name of the Father (1993), a critically acclaimed performance that earned him another Academy Award nomination. His next project was in the role of John Proctor in father-in-law Arthur Miller's play The Crucible (1996), directed by Nicholas Hytner.

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Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Last of the Mohicans Hawkeye (Nathaniel Poe) 1936 Fantasy, 0, 0
The Bounty Fryer 1984
My Beautiful Laundrette Johnny 1985
Nanou Max 1987 Drama, Romance
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Tomas 1988 Biography, 0
Stars and Bars Henderson Dores 1988 Comedy, Action, Romance
My Left Foot Christy Brown 1989
Eversmile, New Jersey 1990 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Age of Innocence Newland Archer 1993 Biography
In the Name of the Father Gerry Conlon 1994 Drama
The Crucible John Proctor 1996 Drama, History
The Boxer Danny Flynn 1997 Drama, Sport
Gangs of New York Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting 2002 0, Comedy, 0, 0
The Ballad of Jack and Rose Jack Slavin 2005 Drama
There Will Be Blood Daniel Plainview 2007
A Room with a View Cecil Vyse 2007 0
Nine Guido Contini 2009 Drama, Musical, Romance
Lincoln Abraham Lincoln 2012 0