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Daniel Day-Lewis' kids thought he worked in construction

WENN

Daniel Day-Lewis kept his acting work a secret from his children as they grew up and they were convinced he was a construction worker.

The revered method actor, who is up for his third Oscar next month for his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln, is intensely private, and even quit acting in the 1990s to become a cobbler, before returning to the big screen in 2002's "Gangs of New York."

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And his Hollywood persona was such a mystery to his sons, his second child Ronan presumed he worked in construction.

He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "They didn't even know what I was doing until a couple of years ago.

"In fact, my 14-year-old boy was asked what I did and he said, 'I think he's in construction.' That's how much they know!"

Day-Lewis is dad to two boys with his wife Rebecca Miller, Ronan and Cashel, while he also fathered a son named Gabriel with his ex-girlfriend, French actress Isabelle Adjani.

34Comments
Jan 26, 2013 11:33AM
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I think that is brilliant, to have them grow up in relative normalcy and away from the whole ridiculous celebrity culture, shows it can be done, with enough will power.
Jan 26, 2013 11:30AM
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Daniel Day Lewis is an excellent actor no question about it!
Jan 26, 2013 12:57PM
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The best actor. I am glad he is not a fake Hollywood guy. 
Jan 26, 2013 12:28PM
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The finest actor of his generation...........
Jan 26, 2013 12:29PM
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YOU ARE AN AMAZING ACTOR. I WATCH "LAST OF THE MOHICHANS" OVER AND OVER AGAIN!! HAWKEYE WAS THE BEST!! KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK!! YOUR CHILDREN WOULD BE SO PROUD!!
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