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Sam Neill

Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family moved 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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park III
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 2018 Peter Rabbit (post-production)
Older Mr. McGregor
 2018 The Commuter (completed)
  Escape from Pretoria (announced)
Denis Goldberg
  Freedom Flight (announced)
Istvan Kolta
  Mystery Ride (announced)
Duncan Connelly
  The Guinea Pig Club (pre-production)
Charles Overton
 2017 Thor: Ragnarok
Actor Odin
 2017 Sweet Country
Fred Smith
 2016 Tommy's Honour
Alexander Boothby
 2015 MindGamers
 2015 The Daughter
 2015/I Backtrack
Duncan Stewart
 2014 United Passions
Joao Havelange
 2014 A Long Way Down
 2013 Escape Plan
Dr. Kyrie
 2012 The Vow
Bill Thornton
 2011/IV The Hunter
 2011 The Dragon Pearl
Chris Chase
 2009 Daybreakers
Charles Bromley
 2009 Under the Mountain
Mr. Jones
 2009 In Her Skin
David Reid
 2008/I Skin
Abraham Laing
 2008 Dean Spanley
Dean Spanley
 2007 Angel
 2006 Irresistible
 2005 Little Fish
The Jockey
 2004 Wimbledon
Dennis Bradbury
 2004/I Yes
 2003 Perfect Strangers
The Man
 2002 Dirty Deeds
Detective Sergeant Ray Murphy
 2001 The Zookeeper
 2001 Jurassic Park III
Dr. Alan Grant
 2000 The Magic Pudding
Sam Sawnoff (voice)
 2000 The Dish
Cliff Buxton
 2000 My Mother Frank
Professor Mortlock
 1999 Bicentennial Man
'Sir' Richard Martin
 1999 Molokai
Prime Minister Gibson
 1998 The Revengers' Comedies
Henry Bell
 1998 The Horse Whisperer
Robert MacLean
 1997 Event Horizon
Dr. William Weir
 1997 Snow White: A Tale of Terror
Frederick Hoffman
 1996 Victory
Mr. Jones
 1995 Restoration
King Charles II
 1994 The Jungle Book
 1994 In the Mouth of Madness
John Trent
 1994 Country Life
Dr. Max Askey
 1994 Sirens
Norman Lindsay
 1993 Jurassic Park
 1993 The Piano
 1992 Hostage
John Rennie
 1992 Memoirs of an Invisible Man
David Jenkins
 1991 Until the End of the World
Eugene Fitzpatrick
 1990 Death in Brunswick
Carl 'Cookie' Fitzgerald
 1990 The Hunt for Red October
Captain Borodin
 1989 Shadow of China
TV reporter (as John Dermot)
 1989 La révolution française
Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert Motier, marquis De La Fayette
 1989 Dead Calm
John Ingram
 1988 A Cry in the Dark
 1987 Peter Kenna's The Good Wife
Neville Gifford
 1986 For Love Alone
James Quick
 1985 Plenty
 1985 Robbery Under Arms
Capt. Starlight
 1984 The Blood of Others
 1982 Enigma
Dimitri Vasilikov
 1981 From a Far Country
 1981 Possession
 1981 Attack Force Z
Sergeant D.J. (Danny) Costello
 1981 The Final Conflict
Damien Thorn
 1979 Just Out of Reach
 1979 The Journalist
 1979 My Brilliant Career
Harry Beecham
 1977 Sleeping Dogs
 1975 Landfall
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[1973] Edited "The Seal Hunters" See more »

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4 Interviews | 2 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

John Dermot


5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

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"Perhaps we should look at somewhere else where they recently used the time-old bribe of tax cuts, and see how it worked. In 2000, George W. Bush, under the reasonable sounding 'compassionate conservatism', offered huge tax cuts. And he delivered. Take a look at America now. The rich are certainly richer, but the economy is in the tank, a healthy surplus has been converted into a massive deficit,... See more »


His vineyard is in the Gibbston Valley, Otago. His wine is a Pinot Noir called Two Paddocks. See more »

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