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Daniel Day-Lewis, pictured in his Oscar-winning performance as Abraham Lincoln, has announced he’s retiring from acting. (Courtesy Dreamworks)

Daniel Day-Lewis, the only three-time best actor Oscar winner, is calling it quits.

The 60-year-old performer’s spokeswoman Leslee Dart confirmed the news to Variety on Tuesday: “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. 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.”

The English star, whose classy career has spanned four decades, still has one movie slated for a Christmas 2017 release. The untitled drama, which is set in the world of high fashion, reunites him with Paul Thomas Anderson (director of his Academy Award-winning role in “There Will Be Blood”).

In addition to playing the greedy oil man in “There Will Be Blood,” Day-Lewis won Oscars for playing the title role in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and for his performance as Irish writer and artist Christy Brown, who had cerebral palsy, in “My Left Foot.”

The method actor, according to Variety, confined himself to a wheelchair to play Brown; learned Czech to play a philandering doctor in “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and listened to Eminem records to channel rage in “Gangs of New York.”

Online observers, however, conjecture that Day-Lewis is actually readying for a part as one of the greatest actors of his generation who retires in his prime.

RIP PRODIGY

Rapper Prodigy has died after a lifetime of battling sickle cell anemia. He was 42.

“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep,” said a statement from his publicist. “Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined.”

His partner Havoc posted two photos online, including one with the message: “Forever.”

Other tributes were made by Nas, Lil Wayne, Ghostface Killah, Q-Tip, Method Man, Wiz Khalifa, Big Boi and Questlove.


QUICK TAKES

Seniors at On Lok Lifeways center in The City getting into the spirit of Pride Week on Tuesday enjoyed a drag show featuring Collette LeGrande and Olivia Hart, both former grand duchesses of the Grand Ducal Council of San Francisco. … Daniel Esch, an editor and writer from San Bruno, is a contestant on “Jeopardy!” at 7 p.m. June 22 on KGO-Channel 7.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer Rebecca Black is 20. … Singer Lana Del Rey is 32. … Singer Kris Allen is 32. … Former government worker-document leaker Edward Snowden is 34. … Actor Jussie Smollett is 35. … Prince William is 35. … Singer Brandon Flowers of The Killers is 36. … Actor Chris Pratt is 38. … Actress Juliette Lewis is 44. … Cartoonist Berke Breathed is 60. … Guitarist Nils Lofgren is 66. … Actor Michael Gross is 70. … Actress Meredith Baxter is 70. … Musician Ray Davies of The Kinks is 73.

— Staff, wire report

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