Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis

Highest Rated: 100% A Room With a View (1985)

Lowest Rated: 33% A Man's Story (2012)

Birthday: Apr 29, 1957

Birthplace: London, England, UK

To some, it might have seemed as though British actor Daniel Day-Lewis burst out of nowhere to star in 1989's My Left Foot, but in fact he'd been in films since 1971. The son of British Poet Laureate C. Day Lewis and actress Jill Balcon and grandson of British film executive Michael Balcon, Day-Lewis had neither the time nor the inclination for boarding schools and social training, and by age 13 he'd dropped out of his privileged life style. Thanks to his granddad's influence, Day-Lewis managed to secure a bit part as a teenage hoodlum in John Schlesinger's Sunday, Bloody, Sunday (1971), but he didn't take acting seriously until he was 15. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic and made his legitimate stage debut in 1982, and shortly afterward appeared in small roles in such films as Gandhi (1983) and The Bounty (1985). Day-Lewis first caught the eyes of critics with his performance as an insufferable young aristocrat in Merchant-Ivory's Room with a View (1985); other early performances of note could be seen in My Beautiful Launderette (1984) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)--films that, though designed for limited audience, managed to break into big-time distribution. Day-Lewis won an Academy Award for the role of true-life paralyzed artist/writer Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989), then assured the film extra publicity attention with his near-monastic protection of his own privacy. My Left Foot opened the doors for subsequent superlative Daniel Day-Lewis appearances: He was a virile Hawkeye in Last of the Mohicans (1992); offered an astonishingly restrained performance in The Age of Innocence (1993) as a man trapped by the sexual mores of the 19th century; and in In the Name of the Father (1993), Day-Lewis played real-life character Gerry Conlon, the Belfast man, one of the Guildford Four, falsely imprisoned for a terrorist bombing. He turned in a powerful performance as Irish boxer Danny Flynn, who after serving a twelve year sentence for IRA activities, returns to Belfast to try and establish a non-denominational boxing club in the tragic The Boxer (1996).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
91% Phantom Thread Actor $1M 2018
89% Lincoln Abraham Lincoln $129.5M 2012
33% A Man's Story Actor 2012
No Score Yet Access To The Danger Zone Actor 2012
39% Nine Guido Contini $19.7M 2009
91% There Will Be Blood Daniel Plainview $40.2M 2007
47% The Ballad of Jack and Rose Jack Slavin $0.6M 2005
73% Gangs of New York William Cutting ("Bill the Butcher") $77.7M 2002
80% The Boxer Danny Flynn 1997
68% The Crucible John Proctor 1996
94% In the Name of the Father Gerry Conlon 1993
84% The Age of Innocence Newland Archer 1993
93% The Last of the Mohicans Hawkeye 1992
98% My Left Foot Christy Brown 1989
No Score Yet Eversmile, New Jersey Fergus O'Connell 1989
No Score Yet Nanou Max 1988
85% The Unbearable Lightness of Being Tomas 1988
No Score Yet Stars and Bars Henderson Dores 1988
No Score Yet The Insurance Man Mr. Kafka 1986
100% A Room With a View Cecil 1985
97% My Beautiful Laundrette Johnny 1985
74% The Bounty Fryer 1984
85% Gandhi Colin 1982
No Score Yet How Many Miles To Babylon Actor 1982
86% Sunday Bloody Sunday Child Vandal 1971

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
1999
Appearing 2013
2000

QUOTES FROM Daniel Day-Lewis CHARACTERS

Daniel Plainview says: I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!

William Cutting ("Bill the Butcher") says: My father gave his life, making this country what it is. Murdered by the British with all of his men on the twenty-fifth of July, anno domini, 1814. Do you think I'm going to help you befoul his legacy, by giving this country over to them what's had no hand in the fighting for it? Why, because they come off a boat crawling with lice and begging you for soup?

William Cutting ("Bill the Butcher") says: Down with the Union!!

Daniel Plainview says: I have a competition in me. I want no-one else to succeed. I hate most people.

Gerald Conlon says: Our case was so insane, that if you made it up, nobody would believe it.

Guiseppe Conlon says: I want you to have some respect.

Gerald Conlon says: Respect for who?

Guiseppe Conlon says: Respect for yourself.

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: You know how I stayed alive this long? All these years? Fear. The spectacle of fearsome acts. Somebody steals from me, I cut off his hands. He offends me, I cut out his tongue. He rises against me, I cut off his head, stick it on a pike, raise it high up so all on the streets can see. That's what preserves the order of things. Fear.

Tomas says: Don't worry. I'm a doctor.

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: I tried, I tried hard, but I couldn't save this movie from itself.

Hawkeye says: I will find you! And when I do--to the moon Alice, to the moon!

Hawkeye says: I will find you! And when I do, to the moon Alice, to the moon!

Abraham Lincoln says: The fate of human decency is in our hands!

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: You seen his portrait downstairs?

Amsterdam Vallon says: ...mmm hmm...

Amsterdam Vallon says: Mmmhmmm.

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: Is your mouth all glued up with cunny juice? I asked you a question.

Amsterdam Vallon says: I said, I seen it sir.

Abraham Lincoln says: Euclid's first common notion is this: "Things which are equal to the same thing are equal to each other."

Abraham Lincoln says: You're an engineer. You must know Euclid's axioms and common notions. I never had much of schooling but I read Euclid, in an old book I borrowed. Little ever found in its way in here, but once learnt it stayed learnt.

Abraham Lincoln says: You're an engineer. You must know Euclid's axioms and common notions. I never had much of schooling but I read Euclid in an old book I borrowed. Little ever found in its way in here, but once learnt it stayed learnt.

Christy Brown says: Get in that car before I kick your ass

Abraham Lincoln says: Do you think we choose the times into which we are born? Or do we fit the times we are born into?

Mary Carr says: And you typed all of it with your left foot?

Christy Brown says: I didn't do it with me nose.

Christy Brown says: I think you;re brilliant.

Christy Brown says: I think you're brilliant.

Dr. Eileen Cole says: I'm only as brilliant as my patients.

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: Here's the thing. I don't give a tuppenny fuck about your moral conundrum, you meat-headed shit-sack. That's more or less the thing. And I want you to go out there... You, nobody else. None of your little minions. I want you to go out there. And I want you to punish the person who's responsible for murdering this poor little rabbit. Is that understood?

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: Anything in your pockets?

Jenny Everdeane says: I ain't started working yet.

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: Mulberry Street... and Worth... Cross and Orange... and Little Water. Each of the Five Points is a finger. When I close my hand it becomes a fist. And, if I wish, I can turn it against you.

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: How old are you, Amsterdam?

Amsterdam Vallon says: I'm not sure, sir. I never did quite figure it.

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: I'm forty-seven. Forty-seven years old. You know how I stayed alive this long? All these years? Fear. The spectacle of fearsome acts. Somebody steals from me, I cut off his hands. He offends me, I cut out his tongue. He rises against me, I cut off his head, stick it on a pike, raise it high up so all on the streets can see. That's what preserves the order of things. Fear.

William "Boss" Tweed says: You killed an elected official?

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: Who elected him?

William "Boss" Tweed says: You don't know what you've done to yourself.

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: [taps his glass eye with a knife] I know your works. You are neither cold nor hot. So because you are lukewarm, I will spew you out of my mouth. You can build your filthy world without me. I took the father. Now I'll take the son. You tell young Vallon I'm gonna paint Paradise Square with his blood. Two coats. I'll festoon my bedchamber with his guts. As for you, Mr. Tammany-fucking-Hall, you come down to the Points again, and you'll be dispatched by my own hand. Get back to your celebration and let me eat in peace.

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: You see this knife? I'm gonna teach you to speak English with this fucking knife!

Abraham Lincoln says: I am the President of the United States - CLOTHED in IMMENSE power! You will procure me those votes.

Abraham Lincoln says: I am the President of the United States clothed with immense power. You will procure me these votes.

Abraham Lincoln says: If you can look into the seeds of time and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then to me.

Abraham Lincoln says: Do you think we choose the times into which we are born? Or do we fit the times we are born into?

Thaddeus Stevens says: You claim you can trust them. But you know what the people are. You know the inner compass that should direct the soul toward justice has ossified in white men and women, north and south, unto utter uselessness though tolerating the evil of slavery. White people cannot bear the thought of sharing this country's infinite abundance with Negroes.

Abraham Lincoln says: A compass, I learnt when I was surveying, it'll... it'll point you True North from where you're standing, but it's got no advice about the swamps and dessert and chasm that you'll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination, you plunge ahead, heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp... What's the use of knowing True North?

Abraham Lincoln says: Euclid's first common notion is this: Things which are equal to the same things are equal to each other. That's a rule of mathematical reasoning and its true because it works - has done and always will do. In his book Euclid says this is self evident. You see there it is even in that 2000 year old book of mechanical law it is the self evident truth that things which are equal to the same things are equal to each other.

Abraham Lincoln says: Buzzards, guts, man!

Abraham Lincoln says: Buzzards' guts, man!

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: Each of the Five Points is a finger. When I close it, it becomes a fist and if I choose I can turn it against you.

Abraham Lincoln says: None of those fathers have been able to say I am commander and chief!

Abraham Lincoln says: Slavery, sir, is done.

Abraham Lincoln says: Well, I guess it's time for me to go, but I'd really prefer to stay.

Abraham Lincoln says: I must make my decisions, Bob must make his, you yours and bear what we must, hold and carry what we must. What I carry within me - you must allow me to do it, alone, as I must - and you alone Mary, you alone may lighten this burden or render it intolerable as you choose.

Mary Carr says: The book looks good.

Christy Brown says: Looks can be deceiving.

Abraham Lincoln says: [walks in]

W.N. Bilbo says: Well I'll be fucked.

Abraham Lincoln says: No sight can make an Englishman shit quicker than the sight of George Washington.

Daniel Plainview says: They Should have put you in a glass jar on the mantelpiece.

Daniel Plainview says: They should have put you in a glass jar on a mantlepiece.

Abraham Lincoln says: Shall We Stop This Bleeding?

Abraham Lincoln says: Shall we stop this bleeding?

Abraham Lincoln says: We Are Stepped Out Upon The World Stage Now, With The Fate Of Human Dignity In Our Hands, Blood's Been Spilled To Afford Us This Moment! Now, Now, Now!

Abraham Lincoln says: We are stepped out upon the world stage now, with the fate of human dignity in our hands. Blood's been spilled to afford us this moment! Now, now, now!

Abraham Lincoln says: Do we chose to be born? Or do we fit into the times where born into?

Abraham Lincoln says: I am the President of the United States of America... clothed in immense power!

H.M. Tilford says: How's your boy?

Daniel Plainview says: Thank you for asking.

H.M. Tilford says: Is there anything we can do?

Daniel Plainview says: "Thanks for asking" is enough.

Daniel Plainview says: 'Thanks for asking' is enough.

Daniel Plainview says: [to Eli] I told you I was going to eat you! I told you I was going to eat you up!

Daniel Plainview says: I'm going to bury you underground, Eli.

Daniel Plainview says: [to Paul Sunday] If I travel all the way there and find out that you're a liar, I'll find you and take more than my money back, is that alright with you?

Daniel Plainview says: There's a whole ocean of oil under our feet! No one can get at it except for me!

Abraham Lincoln says: (from trailer) Shall we stop this bleeding?

Abraham Lincoln says: [from trailer] Shall we stop this bleeding?

Abraham Lincoln says: This settles the fate for all coming time. Not only of the millions now in bondage, but of unborn millions to come. Shall we stop this bleeding?

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: The Mortes will frenchify.

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: (Girls) I'm clean.

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: [girls] I'm clean.

Daniel Plainview says: I Have A Competition In Me.

Daniel Plainview says: I have a competition in me.

Abraham Lincoln says: You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

Gerald Conlon says: You see, I don't understand your language. "Justice." "Mercy." "Clemency." I literally don't understand what those words mean. I'd like to put in an application to get all my teeth extracted.That way I could put my fist in my mouth and never speak another word of fuckin' English so long as I live.

Gerald Conlon says: You see, I don't understand your language. 'Justice.' 'Mercy.' 'Clemency.' I literally don't understand what those words mean. I'd like to put in an application to get all my teeth extracted.That way I could put my fist in my mouth and never speak another word of fuckin' English so long as I live.

Daniel Plainview says: I have a competition in me... I want no one else to succeed.

Daniel Plainview says: I hate most people...there are times when I look at people and I see nothing worth liking.

Guido Contini says: ...What happened?

Luisa Contini says: You open your mouth and a lie comes out

Guido Contini says: What lie?

Luisa Contini says: Why am I surprised? It's like breathing to you!

Abraham Lincoln says: Forescore and seven years, our father's brought forth on this continent, a new nation, concieved in liberty and declaring that all men are created equal

Abraham Lincoln says: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Abraham Lincoln says: With malice toward none, and charity to all

Abraham Lincoln says: With malice toward none, with charity for all...

Abraham Lincoln says: With malice toward none, with charity for all.

Daniel Plainview says: Can I build around 50 miles of Tehachapi mountains? Don't be thick in front of me, Al.

Daniel Plainview says: You're just a bastard from a basket!

Daniel Plainview says: I'm finished!

Daniel Plainview says: "I'm gonna come to your house one night and slit your throat"

Daniel Plainview says: I'm gonna come to your house one night and slit your throat.

Daniel Plainview says: "I hate most people. I look at people and I don't see one thing worth liking."

Daniel Plainview says: I hate most people. I look at people and I don't see one thing worth liking.

Daniel Plainview says: "Where were you when your brother was sucking on your mothers tit?"

Daniel Plainview says: Where were you when your brother was sucking on your mothers tit?

Daniel Plainview says: I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!

Daniel Plainview says: the Lord challenges us sometimes Eli.

Daniel Plainview says: The Lord sometimes challenges us, doesn't He, Eli?

Daniel Plainview says: I'm finished!

Daniel Plainview says: (to Eli) That was one goddamn helluva show.

Daniel Plainview says: [to Eli] That was one goddamn helluva show.

Daniel Plainview says: There's a whole ocean of oil under our feet! No one can get at it except for me!

Hawkeye says: Someday I think you and I are going to have a serious disagreement.

Tomas says: Take off your clothes!!

Tomas says: Take off your clothes!

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: Each of the Five Points is a finger. When I close my hand it becomes a fist. And, if I wish, I can turn it against you.

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: Whoopsy daisy!

Jack Slavin says: That's not a house. It's a thing to keep the tv dry.

Jack Slavin says: That's not a house, it's a thing to keep the TV dry.

Daniel Plainview says: I drink your milkshake. I drink it up!

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: You see this knife? I'm gonna teach you to speak English with this fucking knife!

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: Mulberry Street... and Worth... Cross and Orange... and Little Water. Each of the Five Points is a finger. When I close my hand it becomes a fist. And, anytime that I wish, I can turn it against you.

Hawkeye says: You be strong, you survive... You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.

Daniel Plainview says: Drainage, Eli! Drained dry, I'm so sorry.

Eli Sunday says: [sobbing]

Daniel Plainview says: Here. If you have a milkshake.[pauses]. And I have a milkshake. And if I have a straw... My straw reaches acrooooooooooooooss the room, and starts to drink your milkshake. I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!

Daniel Plainview says: Here. If you have a milkshake.[pauses]. And I have a milkshake. And if I have a straw... My straw reaches across the room, and starts to drink your milkshake. I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!

Eli Sunday says: Don't bully me Daniel!

Daniel Plainview says: [shouting] I've abandoned my boy!

H.W. Plainview says: How much are we gonna pay them?

Daniel Plainview says: Who's that?

Daniel Plainview says: The Sunday family.

Fletcher says: Well, we're not gonna give them oil prices. (pauses) I'll give them quail prices.

Fletcher says: Well, we're not gonna give them oil prices. [pauses] I'll give them quail prices.

Daniel Plainview says: I'm going to bury you underground, Eli.

Daniel Plainview says: If you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake. And I have a straw. This is a straw see it (Pointing at his index finger)? And my straw reaches ACROOOOOOOSS the room. I drink your milkshake! (Slurp). I drink it up!

Daniel Plainview says: If you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake. And I have a straw. This is a straw, see it [Pointing at his index finger]? And my straw reaches across the room. I drink your milkshake! [Slurp]. I drink it up!

Eli Sunday says: Don't bully me Daniel!

Daniel Plainview says: I'm finished.

Gerald Conlon says: I'm a free man, and I'm going out the front door.

Gerald Conlon says: I'm a free man, and I'm going out the front door.

Gerald Conlon says: I'm an innocent man. I spent 15 years in prison for something I didn't do. I watched my father die in a British prison for something he didn't do. And this government still says he's guilty. I want to tell them that until my father is proved innocent, until all the people involved in this case are proved innocent, until the guilty ones are brought to justice, I will fight on. In the name of my father and of the truth!

Daniel Plainview says: I AM THE THIRD REVELATION!

Daniel Plainview says: I am the Third Revelation!

Daniel Plainview says: They should've put you in a glass gar, on a mantelpeice.

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: Ears and noses may be the trophies of the day. But no hand shall touch him!

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: Ears and noses will be the trophies of the day. But no hand shall touch him.

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: Who is this under my knife?!

Daniel Plainview says: I HAVE ABANDONED MY CHILD! I HAVE ABANDONED MY CHILD! I HAVE ABANDONED MY BOY!

Daniel Plainview says: I have abandoned my child!

Daniel Plainview says: I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed.

Daniel Plainview says: I need you to know what you want to do

Daniel Plainview says: One night, I'm gonna come to you, inside of your house, wherever you're sleeping, and I'm going to cut your throat

Daniel Plainview says: One night, I'm gonna come to you, inside of your house, wherever you're sleeping, and I'm going to cut your throat.

Fryer says: But I protest.

Lt. William Bligh says: You protest, do you?

Fryer says: I am Master of The Bounty.

Lt. William Bligh says: And I am Commander, by law! I am the first. Do you understand? God damn your hide, and now you may dismiss, sir!

Daniel Plainview says: Well that was one goddamn helluva show!

William Cutting a.k.a. Bill the Butcher says: He was the only man I ever killed worth remembering.

Daniel Plainview says: Well, if it's in me, it's in you. There are times when I look at people and I see nothing worth liking. I want to earn enough money that I can get away from everyone.

Daniel Plainview says: I... drink your MILKSHAKE! I drink it up!