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Sam Neill

Since his New Zealand screen debut in Roger Donaldson's SLEEPING DOGS and his breakthrough film role in MY BRILLIANT CAREER opposite Judy Davis, Sam Neill has appeared in over 80 film and television productions. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire for Services to Acting and a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

He is perhaps best-known for his roles in the award-winning film THE PIANO, for which he won an AFI Best Supporting Actor Award, and the blockbuster JURASSIC PARK. Other film credits include WIMBLEDON, PERFECT STRANGERS, DIRTY DEEDS, EVIL ANGELS and DEATH IN BRUNSWICK for which he also received AFI Best Actor Awards. Neill received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his title role in the mini-series Merlin. He also received Golden Globe nominations for his performance opposite Judy Davis in the war drama One Against The Wind and for his performance as British spy Sidney Reilly in Reilly: The Ace Of Spies, for which he also won a BAFTA Best Actor Award. Other credits include Doctor Zhivago, To The Ends Of The Earth, The Tudors, Crusoe and Jessica.

Sam is currently shooting the television series, Happytown in which he plays a mysterious stranger living in a small bucolic town plagued by a series of unsolved murders and kidnappings. The show is scheduled to premiere later this season on ABC.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.
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Sam Neill Facts

Birth NameNigel Neill
BirthdaySeptember 14, 1947 (76)
BirthplaceOmagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Sam Neill compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Seabiscuit (2003)
Jurassic Park Adventure Pack (2001)
Bicentennial Man (1999)
Merlin (1998)
The Horse Whisperer (1998)
In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
Little Giants (1994)
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Tron (1982)
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