Sep. 14th, 1947
Omagh, Northern Ireland
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Nigel John Dermot "Sam" Neill, DCNZM OBE is a New Zealand actor, writer, producer, director and vineyard proprietor.
Born in Omagh, Northern Ireland, he moved to Christchurch, New Zealand, 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), The Hunt For Red October (1990), and The Piano (1993). He came to international prominence as Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park (1993).
Outside of film, Neill has appeared in numerous television series, including Reilly, Ace of Spies (1983), The Simpsons (1994), Merlin (1998), The Tudors (2007), Crusoe (2008–2010), Happy Town (2010), Alcatraz (2012), Peaky Blinders (2013–2014) and Rick and Morty (2019). He has presented and narrated several documentaries.
Neill is the recipient of the Longford Lyell Award and the New Zealand Film Award and also the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor. He has three Golden Globe and two Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
- Owns a winery, Two Paddocks, in the Central Otago region of New Zealand. It was started in 1993.
- He is a big fan of 'The Beach Boys' (qv).
- He has homes in Beverly Hills, Sydney and New Zealand.
- Studied at the University of Canterbury and at the Victoria University in Wellington, from which he graduated with a BA in English Literature.
- He is one of the three founders of Huntaway Films, along with his good friends 'John Clarke (II)' (qv) and 'Jay Cassells' (qv).
- Moved to New Zealand at age 7.
- "Best Actor on British Television" for _"Reilly: The Ace of Spies" (1983)_, Australian Film Institute Award "Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role" for Evil Angels (aka _Cry in the Dark (1988)_).
- Born to Dermot Neill, a New Zealand army officer, and his English wife Priscilla.