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Daniel Day-Lewis

DOB: April 29, 1957

Background: Day-Lewis was born in London; his mother was an actress and his father was a poet. A middle-class boy, he found himself bullied by his tough South London peers and learned to master the local accent and mannerisms to get by. He was sent to boarding school in 1968, but after two years he was transfered to an independent school that led to his film debut in "Sunday Bloody Sunday" at age 14. He joined the National Youth Theater and attended the Bristol Old Vic Theater School.

Filmography: The famously method actor is known for his extensive research. He appeared in "My Beautiful Laundrette" (1985), "A Room with a View" (1985), and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988) before winning his first Oscar for "My Left Foot" (1989). He followed that with roles in "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992), "The Age of Innocence" (1993), "In the Name of the Father" (1993), "The Crucible" (1996), "The Boxer" (1997), "Gangs of New York" (2002), and "There Will Be Blood" (2007), which won him his second Oscar. Most recently he starred in the musical "Nine" (2009) as a womanizing Italian director.

Academy Awards: Wins - Best Actor ("Lincoln," 2012); Best Actor ("There Will Be Blood," 2007); Best Actor ("My Left Foot," 1989)

Best Actor Nominations
"Gangs of New York" (2002); lost to Adrien Brody ("The Pianist")
"In the Name of the Father" (1993); lost to Tom Hanks ("Philadelphia")

Golden Globes: Wins - Best Film Drama Actor ("Lincoln," 2013); Best Film Drama Actor ("There Will Be Blood," 2008)

Best Film Drama Actor Nominations
"Gangs of New York" (2003); lost to Jack Nicholson ("About Schmidt")
"The Boxer" (1998); lost to Peter Fonda ("Ulee's Gold")
"In the Name of the Father" (1994); lost to Tom Hanks ("Philadelphia")
"My Left Foot" (1990); lost to Tom Cruise ("Born on the Fourth of July")

Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor Nomination
"Nine" (2010); lost to Robert Downey, Jr. ("Sherlock Holmes")

SAG Awards: Wins - Best Film Actor ("Lincoln," 2013); Best Film Actor ("There Will Be Blood," 2008); Best Film Actor ("Gangs of New York," 2003)

Best Film Ensemble Nominations
"Lincoln" (2013); lost to "Argo"
"Nine" (2010); lost to "Inglourious Basterds"

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