Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the most widely respected actors of his generation, says he's retiring from acting.

Day-Lewis's representative, Leslee Dart, said in a statement that the 60-year-old performer "will no longer be working as an actor".

She added that Day-Lewis is "immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years".

He will not comment further about the decision, she said.

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Day-Lewis' retirement will make the upcoming Phantom Thread his final film. In the film, due out in December, he plays a fashion designer in 1950s London.

The film reteams him with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson.

Day-Lewis has won three Oscars and been nominated five times. He won for his performances in My Left Foot, Lincoln and There Will Be Blood.

- AP