Sam Neill

Biography

Date of Birth 14 September 1947, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, UK Birth Name Nigel Neill Height 6' (1.83 m) Mini Biography Born in Northern Ireland to army parents, his family returned to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities at Canterbury and Victoria. He has a BA in English Literature. Following his graduation, he worked with the New Zealand Players and other theater groups. He also was a film director, editor and scriptwriter for the New Zealand National Film Unit for 6 years. His first feature film was Sleeping Dogs (1977). He then moved to Australia and his performance in My Brilliant Career (1979) was noticed in London by British actor James Mason who lobbied for Neill to get the lead role in El final de Damien (1981). Because of this, Neill moved to England where he also became famous as the title character in "Reilly - As de espías" (1983). After his Great Britain stint, he moved back to Australia in the late 1980s. He now makes films all over the world. In 1993, he achieved "commercial and critical success" with Parque Jurásico (1993) and El piano (1993). Spouse Noriko Watanabe (2 September 1989 - present) 1 child Trivia One son, Tim Neill (b.1983), with Lisa Harrow, a daughter Elena Neill with Noriko Watanabe, and a step-daughter Maiko. Met wife Noriko Watanabe on the set of Calma total (1989), where she worked as a make-up artist. He has homes in Beverly Hills, Sydney and New Zealand. Awarded the O.B.E. for Service to Acting (1993). "Best Actor on British Television" for "Reilly - As de espías" (1983), Australian Film Institute Award "Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role" for Un grito en la oscuridad (1988) (aka "Cry in the Dark (1988)"). His vineyard is in the Gibbston Valley, Otago. His wine is a Pinot Noir called Two Paddocks. One of the original candidates for the fourth and fifth actor to portray James Bond - 007 in 007: alta tensión (1987) and GoldenEye (1995). Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan ended up as James Bond, respectively. Montana is a recurring element in his films: in La caza del Octubre Rojo (1990) he wants to live in Montana; in El hombre que susurraba a los caballos (1998) he goes to Montana to find with his wife; in Parque Jurásico (1993) he is digging up fossils in Montana. He is one of the three founders of Huntaway Films, along with his good friends John Clarke and Jay Cassells. Was considered for the role of the villainous "Doc Ock" in Spider-Man 2 (2004). His wife ended up as the principal make-up & hair stylist for Kirsten Dunst in the movie. He is a big fan of The Beach Boys. Moved to New Zealand at age 7. Good friends with musicians Neil Finn, Tim Finn and Jimmy Barnes. Born to Dermot Neill, a New Zealand army officer, and his English wife Priscilla. Studied at the University of Canterbury and at the Victoria University in Wellington, from which he graduated with a BA in English Literature. Owns a winery, Two Paddocks, in the Central Otago region of New Zealand. It was started in 1993. Suffered with a stammer when he was younger.

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Birth Name

Nigel Neill

Birth Place

Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Birth Date

9/14/1947
Known For
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Daybreakers

Charles Bromley

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The Piano

Alisdair Stewart

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The Hunt for Red October

Captain Borodin

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In the Mouth of Madness

John Trent

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The Final Conflict

Damien Thorn

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Event Horizon

Dr. William Weir

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Bicentennial Man

Sir

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Jurassic World: Dominion

Alan Grant

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The Horse Whisperer

Robert MacLean

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Merlin

Merlin 2 episodes, 1998

Starring In
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Scarygirl

Dr. Maybee (voice)

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The Portable Door

Dennis Tanner

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Assassin Club

Caldwell

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Thor: Love and Thunder

Actor Odin

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Jurassic World: Dominion

Alan Grant

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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

Tommy Brock (voice)

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Rams

Colin

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Daisy Quokka: World's Scariest Animal

Frankie Scales (voice)

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Blackbird

Paul

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Ride Like a Girl

Paddy Payne

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Palm Beach

Leo

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Peter Rabbit

Old Mr. McGregor / Tommy Brock

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The Commuter

Captain Hawthorne

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The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill

Himself - Presenter 6 episodes

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Thor: Ragnarok

Actor Odin

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Sweet Country

Fred Smith

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hec

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Tommy's Honour

Alexander Boothby

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MindGamers

Kreutz

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The Daughter

Walter

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Backtrack

Duncan Stewart

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A Long Way Down

Chris

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United Pasions: The True Story of the World Cup

Joao Havelange

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The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box

Otto Luger

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Escape Plan

Dr. Kyrie

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The Vow

Bill Thornton

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The Hunter (Prime)

Jack

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In Her Skin

Mr. Reid

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The Dragon Pearl

Chris Chase

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Ice

Kavanagh

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Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape

Himself (archive footage)

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Allomere (voice)

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Daybreakers

Charles Bromley

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Under the Mountain

Mr. Jones

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In schwarzer Haut

Abraham Laing

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Dean Spanley

Dean Spanley

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Angel

Théo

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Irresistible

Craig

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Merlin's Apprentice

Merlin

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Gallipoli

Narrator (voice)

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Little Fish

The Jockey

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To the Ends of the Earth

Mr. Prettiman (3 episodes, 2005)

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Wimbledon

Dennis Bradbury

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Yes

Anthony

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Perfect Strangers

The Man

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Dirty Deeds

Ray

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Submerged

Lt. Cmdr. Charles B. 'Swede' Momsen

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Jurassic Park III

Dr. Alan Grant

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Beyond Jurassic Park

Himself

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The Zookeeper

Ludovic

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The Dish

Cliff Buxton

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The Magic Pudding

Sam Sawnoff (voice)

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Bicentennial Man

Sir

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Molokai: The Story Of Father Damien

Walter Murray Gibson

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The Horse Whisperer

Robert MacLean

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Merlin

Merlin 2 episodes, 1998

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Sweet Revenge

Henry Bell

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Event Horizon

Dr. William Weir

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Snow White: A Tale of Terror

Frederick Hoffman

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Children Of The Revolution

Nine

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Med Koldt Blod

Agent Alvin Dewey

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Restoration

King Charles II

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The Making of 'Jurassic Park'

Himself / Alan Grant (uncredited)

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Forgotten Silver

Himself - Actor / Director

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In the Mouth of Madness

John Trent

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Sirens

Norman Lindsay

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The Jungle Book

Colonel Geofferey Brydon

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Jurassic Park

Grant

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The Piano

Alisdair Stewart

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The Rainbow Warrior

Alan Galbraith

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Family Pictures

David Eberlin

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Memoirs of an Invisible Man

David Jenkins

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Hostage

John Rennie

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Until The End Of The World

Eugene Fitzpatrick

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One Against the Wind

Major James Leggatt, The Guards

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Nothing to Lose

Carl 'Cookie' Fitzgerald

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The Hunt for Red October

Captain Borodin

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Dead Calm

John Ingram

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A Cry in the Dark

Michael Chamberlain

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The Good Wife

Neville Gifford

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Plenty

Lazar

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Robbery Under Arms

Capt. Starlight

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Blood of Others

Bergman

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Enigma

Dimitri Vasilikov

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Reilly - Ace of Spies

Sidney Reilly (Sigmund Rosenblum)

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Attack Force Z

Sergeant D.J. (Danny) Costello

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Ivanhoe

Brian de Bois-Guilbert

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Possession

Mark

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The Final Conflict

Damien Thorn

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Lucinda Brayford

Tony Duff

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My Brilliant Career

Harry Beecham

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Sleeping Dogs

Smith

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