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From his earliest roles, DANIEL DAY-LEWIS (Bill the Butcher) impressed audiences and critics alike, moving easily from a flamboyant punk rocker in "My Beautiful Launderette" to a delightfully foppish Victorian suitor in Merchant-Ivory's "A Room With A View." Together these performances earned him 1986's New York Film Critics Circle Award as Best Supporting Actor. He had made his film debut in 1971 with an uncredited role in John Schlessinger's "Sunday Bloody Sunday, followed by supporting roles in "Gandhi" and "The Bounty."
Though Day-Lewis has continued to turn in one highly-praised performance after another, it was his role as writer, artist and cerebral palsy sufferer Christy Brown in "My Left Foot" for director Jim Sheridan which won him an Academy Award as Best Actor.
He received his second Academy Award nomination for "In the Name of the Father," his second collaboration with Sheridan--the true story of a man unjustly imprisoned for 15 years. His other wide-ranging roles include the early American adventurer Hawkeye in "The Last of the Mohicans," and the aristocratic Newland Archer in his first collaboration with Martin Scorsese, "The Age of Innocence."
Day-Lewis's additional film credits include Philip Kaufman's film version of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," in which he won praise for his memorable performance in the leading role, and the Arthur Miller classic "The Crucible," in which he portrayed the repressed Puritan John Proctor opposite Winona Ryder, directed by Nicholas Hytner. Most recently Day-Lewis was seen in "The Boxer," directed by Jim Sheridan.
Day-Lewis trained at the Bristol Old Vic School. He then devoted over a decade in the 1970s and early 1980s to the stage, appearing with the Bristol Old Vic Theater Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theater, turning in notable performances in "Another Country," "Dracula," "Futurists" and "Hamlet," in which he played the title role.
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