Nigel John Dermot "Sam" Neill, DCNZM, OBE is a New Zealand actor.
He is perhaps best known for his starring role as paleontologist Dr Alan Grant in Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III.
He has also had a number of high-profile roles including: the lead in Reilly, Ace of Spies, the adult Damien in Omen III: The Final Conflict, Merlin in the miniseries Merlin, Captain Vasily Borodin in The Hunt for Red October, Lord Friedrich Hoffman in Snow White: A Tale of Terror, and Alisdair Stewart in The Piano.
Most recently he played Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in the Peace Arch Entertainment production for Showtime, The Tudors.
Neill was born in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, the second son of Dermot Neill, a Harrow- and Sandhurst-educated army officer and third generation New Zealander, and his English wife Priscilla. At the time of Neill's birth, his father was stationed in Northern Ireland, serving with the Irish Guards.
The family owned Neill and Co., the largest liquor retailers in New Zealand.
In 2004 on Australian talk show Enough Rope, interviewer Andrew Denton briefly touched on the issue of Sam's "very bad" stuttering. It affected most of his childhood and as a result he was "hoping that people wouldn't talk to [him]" so he wouldn't have to answer back. He has mostly outgrown it, however he claims it can still be detected to this day.
After working at the New Zealand National Film Unit as a director and actor Neill was cast as the lead in the New Zealand film Sleeping Dogs. Following this he appeared in the Australian classic, My Brilliant Career (1979), opposite Judy Davis.
This appearance led to his being selected to play Damien Thorn in Omen III: The Final Conflict in 1981 one of the sequels to The Omen. In the late 1970s, his mentor was the notable British actor James Mason. Neill was also one of the leading candidates to succeed Roger Moore in the role of James Bond but he lost out to Timothy Dalton.
Neill has played heroes and villains in a succession of film and television dramas and comedies.
Neill was asked to play the role of Elrond in The Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson but turned it down because of his contractual obligations to another Jurassic Park III (2001).
Neill resides in Sydney, Australia.
Neill's hobby is running a vineyard called the Two Paddocks winery in Central Otago on New Zealand's South Island.
Neill is friends with New Zealand musicians Neil Finn and Tim Finn, of Crowded House and Split Enz, and with Australian musician Jimmy Barnes.
Sleeping Dogs (1977)
My Brilliant Career (1979)
Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)
Attack Force Z (1982)
Blood of Others (1984)
Robbery Under Arms (1985)
For Love Alone (1986)
The Good Wife (1987)
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
Dead Calm (1989)
La Révolution française (1989)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Death in Brunswick (1991)
Until the End of the World (1991)
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
The Rainbow Warrior (1992)
The Piano (1993)
Question of Faith (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Country Life (1994)
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994)
Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995)
In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
Children of the Revolution (1996)
Event Horizon (1997)
Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)
Sweet Revenge (1998)
The Horse Whisperer (1998)
Bicentennial Man (1999)
The Dish (2000)
My Mother Frank (2000)
Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal (2000)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
The Zookeeper (2001)
Dirty Deeds (2002)
Perfect Strangers (2003)
Little Fish (2005)
Dean Spanley (2008)
Iron Road (2008)
I Am You (aka In Her Skin) (2009)
Under The Mountain (2009)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (voice only) (2010)
The Vow (2012)
A View from the Bridge
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