Sam Neill

Actor, Documentarian
Few stars could boast a track record of turning in solid performances ranging from understated intensity to completely unhinged with such consistency as actor Sam Neill. Beginning with his work as a member of the New ... Read more »
Born: 09/14/1947

Filmography

Actor (109)

Peaky Blinders 2014 - 2018 (TV Show)

Actor

Tutankhamun 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

And Then There Were None 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Backtrack 2016 (Movie)

Duncan Stewart (Actor)

Hunt For the Wilderpeople 2016 (Movie)

Hec (Actor)

Tommy's Honor 2016 (Movie)

Alexander Boothby (Actor)

The Daughter 2015 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

The Dovekeepers 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

United Passions 2015 (Movie)

Joao Havelange (Actor)

A Long Way Down 2014 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

Rainbow Warrior 2014 (Movie)

Allan Galbraith (Actor)

Telepathy 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box 2014 (Movie)

Otto Luger (Actor)

Escape Plan 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Kyrie (Actor)

Alcatraz 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last Dragon 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Vow 2012 (Movie)

Bill Thornton (Actor)

The Hunter 2011 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Daybreakers 2010 (Movie)

Charles Bromley (Actor)

Happy Town 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Ice 2010 (Movie)

Anthony Kavanagh (Actor)

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 2010 (Movie)

Allomere (Voice)

Crusoe 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Skin 2009 (Movie)

Abraham Laing (Actor)

Under the Mountain 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dean Spanley 2008 (Movie)

Dean Spanley (Actor)

In Her Skin 2008 (Movie)

David Reid (Actor)

Angel 2007 (Movie)

Theo Gilbright (Actor)

Merlin's Apprentice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tudors 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

To The Ends of the Earth 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Irresistible 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Little Fish 2006 (Movie)

Thompson (Actor)

The Triangle 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Yes 2005 (Movie)

Anthony (Actor)

Doctor Zhivago 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Strangers 2004 (Movie)

The Man (Actor)

Wimbledon 2004 (Movie)

Dennis Bradbury (Actor)

Dirty Deeds 2003 (Movie)

Detective Sergeant Ray Murphy (Actor)

Framed 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Jurassic Park III 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Alan Grant (Actor)

Submerged 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dish 2001 (Movie)

Cliff Buxton (Actor)

The Magic Pudding 2000 (Movie)

of Sam Sawnoff--The Penguin (Voice)

Victory 2000 (Movie)

Mr Jones (Actor)

Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

Sir (Actor)

Numero Bruno 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Zookeeper 1999 (Movie)

Ludovic (Actor)

Merlin 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

My Mother Frank 1998 (Movie)

Professor Mortlock (Actor)

The Horse Whisperer 1998 (Movie)

Robert MacLean (Actor)

Children of the Revolution 1997 (Movie)

Nine (Actor)

Event Horizon 1997 (Movie)

Weir (Actor)

Forgotten Silver 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

In Cold Blood 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien 1997 (Movie)

Prime Minister Gibson (Actor)

The Revengers' Comedies 1997 (Movie)

Henry Bell (Actor)

Country Life 1995 (Movie)

Dr Max Askey (Actor)

In the Mouth of Madness 1995 (Movie)

John Trent (Actor)

Restoration 1995 (Movie)

King Charles II (Actor)

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book 1994 (Movie)

Brydon--The Colonel (Actor)

Sirens 1994 (Movie)

Norman Lindsay (Actor)

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Simpsons 1994 (Tv Show)

Voice

Jurassic Park 1993 (Movie)

Dr Alan Grant (Actor)

The Piano 1993 (Movie)

Stewart (Actor)

Hostage 1992 (Movie)

John Rennie (Actor)

Memoirs of An Invisible Man 1992 (Movie)

David Jenkins (Actor)

Until the End of the World 1991 (Movie)

Eugene Fitzpatrick (Actor)

Death in Brunswick 1990 (Movie)

Carl Fitzerald (Actor)

For Love Alone 1990 (Movie)

James Quick (Actor)

The Hunt for Red October 1990 (Movie)

Captain Vasily Borodin (Actor)

Dead Calm 1989 (Movie)

John Ingram (Actor)

La Revolution Francaise 1989 (Movie)

Lafayette (Actor)

Leap of Faith 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Cry in the Dark 1988 (Movie)

Michael Chamberlain (Actor)

Amerika 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 1987 (Movie)

Neville Gifford (Actor)

Arthur Hailey's "Strong Medicine" 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Plenty 1985 (Movie)

Lazar (Actor)

Reilly: Ace of Spies 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Enigma 1983 (Movie)

Dimitri Vasilikov (Actor)

Robbery Under Arms 1983 (Movie)

Captain Starlight (Actor)

The Blood of Others 1983 (Movie)

Dieter Bergman (Actor)

Attack Force Z 1982 (Movie)

Sergeant Danny Costello (Actor)

From a Far Country: Pope John Paul II 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Ivanhoe 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Country Girls 1982 (Movie)

Mr Gentleman (Actor)

My Brilliant Career 1980 (Movie)

Harry Beecham (Actor)

Possession 1980 (Movie)

Marc (Actor)

The Final Conflict 1980 (Movie)

Damien (Actor)

Just Out of Reach 1978 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

The Journalist 1978 (Movie)

Rex (Actor)

Sleeping Dogs 1977 (Movie)

Smith (Actor)

Family Pictures (TV Show)

Actor

Fever (TV Show)

Actor

Hyperspace (TV Show)

Actor

Ivanhoe (Movie)

Brian de Guilbert (Actor)

Kane & Abel (TV Show)

Actor

One Against the Wind (TV Show)

Actor

SuperCroc (TV Show)

Narrator

The Triangle (Movie)

Eric Benirall (Actor)

To the Ends of the Earth (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (1)
Writer (1)

Biography

Few stars could boast a track record of turning in solid performances ranging from understated intensity to completely unhinged with such consistency as actor Sam Neill. Beginning with his work as a member of the New Zealand National Film Unit, Neill began to make a name for himself in his homeland with small films like "Sleeping Dogs" (1977). After moving to Australia for various film and television work, he received international exposure with the third entry in the popular "Omen" horror series as Damian Thorn in "The Final Conflict" (1981). From there it was on to a nearly uninterrupted run of impressive performances alongside some of film's biggest stars in projects such as the underrated "Dead Calm" (1989), co-starring Nicole Kidman, and the Academy Award-winning "The Piano" (1993), featuring Harvey Keitel and Holly Hunter. Neill then headlined one of the biggest blockbuster films of all time as the levelheaded Dr. Alan Grant in Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" (1993). Almost effortlessly, he would continue to move from genres ranging from horror (1995's "In the Mouth of Madness"), to comedy (2000's "The Dish"), to historical drama (the 2007 season of Showtime's "The Tudors"), and back again with apparent ease. Over the years, the once supposedly camera shy Neill had steadily become one of the most welcome international presences on screen - be it film or television - of his generation.

Relationships

Maiko

Step-Daughter
Born in 1981 from Noriko Watanabe's first marriage

Lisa Harrow Actor

Companion
acted together in "The Final Conflict" (1981) never married Mother of Neill's son Tim

Dermot Neill

Father
New Zealander who served in the British Army family owned Neill & Company (now Wilson Neill & Co.), one of New Zealand's largest liquor wholesalers died in 1991

Priscilla Neill

Mother
British

Elena Neill

Daughter
Born January 10, 1991 mother, Noriko Watanbe

Tim Neill

Son
Born in 1983 mother, Lisa Harrow

Michael Neill

Brother
Born c. 1943

Juliet Neill

Sister
Born c. 1950

Noriko Watanbe

Wife
Japanese met on the set of "Dead Calm" (1989) married in 1989

EDUCATION

Victoria University

Wellington

University of Canterbury

Christ College

Anglican boys' boarding school

Milestones

2012

Featured opposite Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum in romantic drama "The Vow"

2012

Featured on J. J. Abrams produced "Alcatraz" (Fox)

2010

Cast as Charles Bromley, a vampire in charge of a powerful corporation, in the sci-fi film "Daybreakers"

2010

Acted on the ABC mystery drama series "Happy Town"

2009

Re-teamed with Peter O'Toole in the Canadian miniseries "Iron Road"

2008

Cast as Jeremiah Blackthorn on the NBC adventure series "Crusoe"

2008

Played the title role in the British comedy-drama film "Dean Spanley" alongside Jeremy Northam and Peter O'Toole

2005

Co-starred with Cate Blanchett in the Australian film "Little Fish"

2005

Starred as Joan Allen's husband in "Yes"

2004

Played the father of Kirsten Dunst's character in the romantic comedy "Wimbledon"

2002

Cast opposite Keira Knightley in the miniseries "Doctor Zhivago" (PBS)

2001

Played a lead role in the based-on-fact NBC movie "Submerged"

2001

Co-starred in sequel "Jurassic Park III" alongside Tea Leoni and William H. Macy

2000

Appeared in the Scandinavian drama "The Zoo Keeper"

2000

Portrayed U.S. President Thomas Jefferson in the CBS miniseries "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal"

2000

Starred in the Australian film "The Dish"

1999

Appeared in a supporting role in the biopic "Molokai: The Story of Father Damien"

1999

Cast as a wealthy man who buys a robot for his family in "Bicentennial Man"

1998

Portrayed the legendary wizard in the acclaimed NBC miniseries "Merlin"; received an Emmy nomination

1998

Played Kristin Scott Thomas' husband in Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer"

1997

Played the lead in "The Revengers' Comedies," co-starring Helena Bonham Carter and Kristin Scott Thomas (aired in the U.S. as "Sweet Revenge")

1996

Re-teamed with Judy Davis for the black comedy "Children of the Revolution"

1995

Re-teamed with Carpenter for "In the Mouth of Madness"

1995

Portrayed charismatic King Charles II in "Restoration"

1995

Returned to documentary filmmaking with "Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey By Sam Neill," an autobiographical account of the New Zealand cinema; co-directed and co-scripted with Julie Rymer

1993

Starred as the New Zealand farmer who enters an arranged marriage with a Scottish woman in Jane Campion's "The Piano"

1993

Starred opposite Anjelica Huston in the ABC miniseries "Family Pictures"

1993

Played a paleontologist who encounters dinosaurs in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster "Jurassic Park"

1992

First association with director John Carpenter, "Memoirs of an Invisible Man"

1991

Played opposite Judy Davis in CBS's "One Against the Wind"

1991

Starred in the Australian film "Death in Brunswick"

1991

Acted in Wim Wenders' "Until the End of the World"

1990

Credited as John Dermot for his cameo in "Shadow of China"

1990

Played Captain Second Rank Vasily Borodin in "The Hunt for Red October"

1989

Starred opposite Nicole Kidman in Phillip Noyce's "Dead Calm"

1988

Re-teamed with Schepisi and Streep for "A Cry in the Dark"

1987

Portrayed Colonel Andrei Denisov in ABC's acclaimed miniseries "Amerika"

1985

Acted opposite Meryl Streep in Fred Schepisi's "Plenty"

1983

Played the title role of Sidney Reilly on the PBS drama series "Reilly, Ace of Spies"; earned a Golden Globe nomination

1981

First U.S. film, "Omen III: The Final Conflict," the third film in "The Omen" trilogy

1978

Breakthrough film role as the suitor to writer Sybylla Melvin in "My Brilliant Career"; first collaboration with Judy Davis

1977

Made feature film debut playing the lead in Roger Donaldson's "Sleeping Dogs" (first New Zealand production ever released in U.S.)

1954

Returned with family to their native New Zealand at age eight

Member of New Zealand's Amamus Repertory Theatre for two years

Born in Ireland where father was stationed during military service

Joined New Zealand National Film Unit as a director and actor

Bonus Trivia

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Neill was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1991.

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