Daniel Day-Lewis is considered one of the greatest actors of all time. Through his intense, transformative portrayals, Day-Lewis is the only performer in history to win three Academy Awards for Best Actor. As a result, the announcement that he is officially retiring has caused quite the stir in Hollywood. Variety reports that “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject. ”
So, with his legendary run coming to a close after the release of Phantom Thread this December, we take a look at how profitable and lucrative Day-Lewis’ career has been over the past three decades. Here are 5 fast facts you need to know about his net worth.
1. He Has An Estimated Net Worth of $50 Million
Daniel Day-Lewis has an estimated net worth of $50 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Given that he is not prone to giving endorsements or appearing in commercials, almost all of this has come from his acting career, which began on stage in the 1970s. He began acting onscreen the following decade, taking supporting roles in films like Ghandi (1982) and The Bounty (1984). It wasn’t until his breakout role in My Left Foot (1989) that Day-Lewis became a household name. The low-budget film became a surprise hit, grossing over $14 million and earning the actor his first Academy Award win.
Since then, he has appeared in a number of moderately successful dramas, ranging from The Last of Mohicans (1992), which grossed $32 million and Gangs of New York (2002), which grossed $193.8 million. To date, Day-Lewis’ films have an estimated total gross of $820 million.
2. He’s Paid Between $6-8 Million Per Film
Notoriously reclusive, Day-Lewis is known as one of the most selective actors in the industry, with only a handful of films since 1998. The actor is also known for his lengthy gaps of time in between roles, the most notable being the five years between Gangs of New York (2002) and There Will Be Blood (2007), and between Blood and Lincoln (2012). How is he able to make a living on such selective work? Because, according to, Day-Lewis is well compensated for each of these films.
According to The Richest, Day-Lewis’ preparation and commitment to his roles result in salaries that are more than enough to sustain him and his family. Dating back as far as The Crucible in 1996, which he took home an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, he earned $8 million. His latest, Lincoln (2012), grossed over $182 million worldwide, upping Day-Lewis’ stock at the box office and as a result, his own personal net worth.
3. His Wife Rebecca Miller Also Works in Hollywood
Day-Lewis’ wife Rebecca Miller is also a force in Hollywood, as she is a writer, director, and producer. She began her career as an actress in 1988, appearing in the television film The Murder of Mary Phagan (1988), before crossing over into theatrical releases like Regarding Henry (1991) and Consenting Adults (1992). By the mid 1990s, however, Miller had opted out of acting to pursue a career behind the camera. She had her directorial debut with the drama Angela in 1995
While her films remain firmly entrenched in indie cinema, Miller continues to create today. She even collaborated with her reclusive husband for the 2005 drama The Ballad of Jack and Rose, which drew generally positive reviews from critics. Like Day-Lewis, Miller’s output has been scarce, and her last release, Maggie’s Plan, was released in 2015. The film grossed $4.5 million at the box office.
4. He Bought His House in Ireland for $500,000
When he isn’t acting, Day-Lewis can be found at his home in Wicklow, Ireland, which be bought for $500,000 in 1993. According to Ireland.com, the actor chose this particular location as a home due to the happy memories he had there as a child. He spent numerous holidays there with his father, Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, who was born in Wicklow. “The light, the smell, the utter delight with which we would fly out of the car as soon as we arrived and dive into the nearest bit of the Atlantic,” he told The Guardian in 2008, “The power of them remains undiminished… Ireland was a place for the renewal of hope andI still see it like that.”
Day-Lewis added that the rural lifestyle is also integral to his acting process: “I couldn’t work or get ready for a piece of work from a city base, from city life. I need deep, deep quiet and a landscape too that I can be absorbed into. So much of the work is in the process of aimless rumination in which things may or may not take seed.” Day-Lewis currently owns the additional 45 acres surrounding his home, to preserve his privacy.
5. He’s Turned Down ‘Millions of Dollars’ Worth of Film Offers
While actors like Robert Downey, Jr. and Leonardo DiCaprio pull in bigger paychecks due to their appearances in prestige films and blockbusters, Day-Lewis has intentionally shied away from this part of Hollywood. In fact, according to Daily Mail, money has never been a factor when it comes to Day-Lewis picking his roles. “I’ve been offered a lot of things over the years. But the sad truth is that I can’t really be tempted by money,” he says, “Money just doesn’t do it for me. I’m sure I could be tempted by other things and corrupted in other ways but not by cold hard cash. In fact nothing does it for me that’s going to steer me away from what I feel the need to do in my work.”
“It’s always been a very strong impulse and long ago I made a bargain with myself that I’d always follow my heart and that impulse.” Day-Lewis then admitted that praise is typically what makes him tick: “I don`t go looking for reviews, but they tend to find you, good and band. People encourage you to look at both… I`m a sucker when people say nice things, and it`s unpleasant when people write unpleasant things. I`m still sensitive towards that.”