Sam Neill is a highly regarded actor with a career spanning several decades. He was born Nigel John Dermot Neill on September 14, 1947, in Omagh, Northern Ireland.
Neill grew up in New Zealand, where his family moved when he was still young. After studying English literature at the University of Canterbury, Neill pursued a career in acting.
Sam Neill career
He began his career in New Zealand, appearing in a number of television shows and films in the 1970s.
He gained international recognition for his starring role in the 1981 film “My Brilliant Career,” for which he received critical acclaim.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Neill appeared in a number of successful films, including “Dead Calm” (1989), “The Hunt for Red October” (1990), and “The Piano” (1993).
However, his most iconic role is perhaps that of Dr. Alan Grant in the blockbuster film “Jurassic Park” (1993) and its sequels, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” (1997) and “Jurassic Park III” (2001).
Throughout his career, Neill has been recognized for his talent and contributions to the entertainment industry. He has received numerous award nominations, including for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “The Piano.”
In 1991, he was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit, and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Australia.
Sam Neill Parents: Meet Priscilla Neill, Dermot Neill
Sam Neill’s parents were both from New Zealand. His mother, Priscilla Neill, was an actress, and his father, Dermot Neill, was a New Zealand army officer.
Sam Neill was actually born in Omagh, Northern Ireland while his parents were stationed there at the time, but he was raised in New Zealand from a young age.