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Daniel Day-Lewis as national hero

By Laurie Bennett

November 24, 2012 at 9:33am

Playing the lead role in “Lincoln” wasn’t the first time actor Daniel Day-Lewis connected with an American icon.

London-born, with dual British and Irish citizenship, Day-Lewis is the son-in-law of American playwright Arthur Miller. He met his wife-to-be, Rebecca Miller, while working on the 1996 film version of “The Crucible.”

His father was Cecil-Day Lewis, UK poet laureate. His mother, actress Jill Balcon, appeared in such films as “An Ideal Husband,” “Wittgenstein” and “Edward II.”

Abraham Lincoln is also not the first American character Day-Lewis has portrayed. He was Daniel Plainview in “There Will Be Blood,” Hawkeye in “Last of the Mohicans” and Bill the Butcher in “Gangs of New York.”

Known for his obsession for detail, Day-Lewis has won two Oscars - first in 1990, for “My Left Foot,” and again in 2008, for “There Will Be Blood.”

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