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Daniel Day-Lewis



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Film
  • Actor
2018
90% Lincoln
  • Abraham Lincoln
2012
31% A Man's Story
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Access To The Danger Zone
  • Actor
2012
38% Nine
  • Guido Contini
2009
91% There Will Be Blood
  • Daniel Plainview
2007
47% The Ballad of Jack and Rose
  • Jack Slavin
2005
75% Gangs of New York
  • William Cutting ("Bill the Butcher")
2002
80% The Boxer
  • Danny Flynn
1997
67% The Crucible
  • John Proctor
1996
94% In the Name of the Father
  • Gerry Conlon
1993
80% The Age of Innocence
  • Newland Archer
1993
94% The Last of the Mohicans
  • Hawkeye
1992
97% My Left Foot
  • Christy Brown
1989
No Score Yet Eversmile, New Jersey
  • Fergus O'Connell
1989
No Score Yet Nanou
  • Max
1988
95% 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
100% My Beautiful Laundrette
  • Johnny
1985
82% The Bounty
  • Fryer
1984
88% Gandhi
  • Colin
1982
No Score Yet How Many Miles To Babylon
  • Actor
1982
92% Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Child Vandal
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing

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