Sam Neill

(Nigel John Dermot "Sam" Neill)

Sam Neill
Sam Neill
  • Born: September 14, 1947
  • Nationality: New Zealander, British, Irishman
  • Profession: Actor, Vineyard Proprietor









Nigel John Dermot "Sam" Neill DCNZM OBE is a New Zealand actor, writer, producer, director, and vineyard owner. Born in Omagh, Northern Ireland, he moved to Christchurch with his family in 1954. Neill first achieved recognition with his appearance in the 1977 film Sleeping Dogs, which he followed with leading roles in My Brilliant Career (1979), Omen III: The Final Conflict, Possession (both 1981), A Cry in the Dark (1988), Dead Calm (1989), and The Piano (1993). He came to international prominence with his portrayal of Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park (1993), reprising the role in 2001's Jurassic Park III.

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As much as possible, I try to encourage people to use stunt men because that is really their job.
'Dexter' I'm very fond of. I got addicted to that.
Every actor wants more offers, but I get enough and I do like to be busy.
I can never really remember what I look like. I'm just sort of neutral. I don't think I'm sort of, you know, hideous.
I can tell you where I was when Kennedy was shot - which was in the common room at school. I heard about it on the old valve radio. At the time of Armstrong's landing, I was at university rehearsing a play. Time
I enjoy some physical stuff. But if I had a choice between playing a scene where it's raining, it's terribly cold, I'm wet and I'm being drowned and playing a scene with dinosaur eggs in a laboratory, I'd probably take the latter. It's warmer and generally more comfortable!
I get very antsy and nervous if I don't know what the next job is.
I go by the role pretty much. And I think the only genre I haven't gotten to do but I'd love to is a western, but no one has ever asked me to do that. Unfortunately they are very few and far between these days, but that is one type of film I'd love to do. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I hate to say it, but there seems to have been some sort of dumbing down as far as movies go. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I think you need brains to do any Shakespeare with any authority. I could do Shakespeare, but not with any authority.
I understand acting and I understand actors. I don't really understand the world of celebrity. That's just bizarre. Those sorts of elements I'm at sea with.
If you want to learn about America, watch 'The Wire.' It's a profound piece of entertainment.
I'm not big on Champagne, but I'd take along a bottle of Cristal to pop for when the boat comes to the rescue.
I've worked all my life to shed myself of any character. Life
No intelligent man wears a moustache voluntarily - you can write that down.
People turn into fools when they see a movie star and do weird things.
Try and fit in in a New Zealand playground with an Armagh accent - it doesn't work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When I left university I was working for a documentary film company for six or seven years to the great relief of my father whose greatest waking fear was that I would become an actor.
When I started in films, it never really occurred to me that I could make a career out of acting.

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