Day-Lewis has only done just over ten films since winning his first Academy Award for 1989's My Left Foot.
"Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor", his representative Leslee Dart said in a statement released Tuesday to USA TODAY.
Although he is known to be a very private individual, and has made it clear that he does not intend to make any further comment about the end of an outstanding career, his many fans will nonetheless wish him a long and happy retirement. He is the only person to win three Best Actor Oscars - for My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln - and was nominated for two further Oscars for Gangs of NY and In the Name of the Father. Legend has it that Day-Lewis in his previous hiatus worked as a cobbler as he took a fancy to it until Martin Scorsese coaxed him back to acting in his "Gangs of New York'". It was reported that while preparing for Lincoln, Day-Lewis would address his on-screen wife, Sally Field in 19 century vernacular.
Daniel Day-Lewis will leave film as one of the most elusive and fascinating actors in the modern era. That makes Paul Thomas Anderson's already filmed "Phantom Thread", due out in December, his final film.
The actor's first role came when he was 14 in the film "Sunday, Bloody Sunday".
As the film kid on your freshman year dorm floor would have told you, Day-Lewis is one of the last method actors in film.
60-year-old actor is the only man to have won three Oscars. But Day-Lewis has also always been an exceptionally deliberate performer who often spends years preparing for a role, crafting his characters with an uncommon, methodical completeness. He took a five-year hiatus in 1997 after filming Jim Sheridan's The Boxer, after which he acted in Gangs of NY.
The father of three enjoys taking sabbaticals from acting, including taking time off in the late 90's to become a shoe-maker's apprentice in Italy.
"I was very happily out of the world of filmmaking", Day-Lewis said at the time.
Day-Lewis, who is married to writer-director Rebecca Miller with three children, broke through with 1985's "My Beautiful Laundrette", by Stephen Frears.