And he will be sorely missed.

The only man to win the Lead Actor Oscar 3 times in his career has retired. His final film will likely be Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” and it will also be his final Oscar nomination.

The film is planned for December but may get pushed to 2018.

As a movie goer I will dearly miss seeing Lewis’ magnetic performances on screen. He was a master at his craft, but even masters need to pass-on their torch at some point.

His spokesperson labeled the reason a “private matter” and that’s all we need to hear. His legacy already cemented; I hope he finds peace in retirement.