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Sam Neill

Highest Rated:   100% Forgotten Silver (1997)
Lowest Rated:   0% United Passions (2015)
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Birthplace:   Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, UK
One of the most famous film personalities to hail from the South Pacific, New Zealand-bred actor Sam Neill possesses the kind of reassuring handsomeness and soft-spoken strength that have made him an ideal leading man. Born Nigel Neill to a military family in Omagh, Northern Ireland, Neill relocated to New Zealand in 1953 at the age of six. There he picked up the nickname that would become his stage name, and attended both the University of Canterbury and the University of Victoria before beginning his acting career. Neill labored as a director/editor/screenwriter for the New Zealand National Film Unit for several years; he made his first movie in 1975 and scored his first significant film success four years later as the romantic lead opposite Judy Davis in director Gillian Armstrong's My Brilliant Career. Shortly thereafter, Neill was brought to England under the sponsorship of star James Mason (who undoubtedly recognized the marked similarity between his acting style and Neill's). The actor's subsequent movie work included two memorable collaborations with actress Meryl Streep and director Fred Schepisi: Plenty (1985) and A Cry in the Dark (1988). Neill's British TV credits were highlighted by his starring role in the unorthodox espionage drama Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), for which he won the British television BAFTA Best Actor award. He also began working on American films during the '80s, including the 1981 Omen sequel The Final Conflict (in which he demonstrated a considerable breadth of range as Satan's son Damien) and the 1987 TV miniseries Amerika. Neill also kept busy with projects down under, with perhaps his most memorable film being Dead Calm (1989), a masterfully crafted thriller that starred the actor as Nicole Kidman's husband.Neill truly came to international prominence during the '90s (as evidenced by his guest spot as a cat burglar on an episode of The Simpsons). He experienced a bumper-crop year in 1993, portraying the raptor-fearing Dr. Alan Grant in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Jurassic Park, before returning to New Zealand to portray Holly Hunter's taciturn, unexpectedly violent husband in The Piano (1993). He was also honored with the Order of the British Empire that same year. Neill continued to work on a wealth of diverse international projects throughout the rest of the decade, notably John Duigan's Sirens (1994), which cast him as a '30s bohemian artist; the Australian satire Children of the Revolution (1996), reuniting him with Judy Davis; Revengers' Comedies (1997), which cast him as a suicidal businessman; the acclaimed miniseries Merlin (1998), in which he played the titular wizard; Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer (1998), as the husband of Kristin Scott Thomas (the two had previously co-starred in Revengers' Comedies); and Bicentennial Man (1999), which featured the actor as the head of a family who purchases an uncannily human robot played by Robin Williams.Though Neill was notably absent from the 1997 sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the second sequel in the series, 2001's Jurassic Park III, found the stalwart actor once again fleeing ornery dinosaurs on a tropical island and living to tell the tale. A turn as Victor Komarovsky in the made-for-TV remake of Doctor Zhivago quickly followed, and over thecourse of the next decade Neill would alternate frequently between television (Triangle, Merlin's Apprentice) and film (Wimbledon, Dayberakers), while still managing to land the occasional meaty role in projects like The Tudors (2007) and Dean Spanley (2008). In 2011, Neill brought an impressive air of menace to the ecological thriller The Hunter with his turn as an outwardly benevolent Aussie with a dark secret, and the following year he returned to television as a federal agent on the trail of convicts who mysteriously vanished without a trace in Alcatraz. In addition to acting and managing a New Zealand winery, Neill directed an acclaimed 1995 documentary about the New Zealand film

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Commuter
  • Actor
2018
63% Tommy's Honour
  • Alexander Boothby
$0.6M 2017
76% The Daughter
  • Walter Finch
$26.9k 2017
No Score Yet The Mummy of Tutankhamun
  • Actor
2017
80% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life
  • Actor
2017
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Uncle Hec
$5.3M 2016
25% Backtrack
  • Duncan Steward
2016
0% United Passions
  • Joao Havelange
$900 2015
22% A Long Way Down
  • Chris Crichton
2014
23% The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
  • Otto Luger
2014
49% Escape Plan
  • Dr. Kyrie
$18.7M 2013
No Score Yet The Dragon Pearl
  • Josh's Father
2013
70% The Hunter
  • Jack
$0.2M 2012
29% The Vow
  • Bill Thornton
$125.1M 2012
No Score Yet In Her Skin
  • David Reid
2011
No Score Yet Telepathy
  • Actor
2011
49% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
  • Allomere
$54.5M 2010
67% Daybreakers
  • Charles Bromley
$30.1M 2010
No Score Yet Under the Mountain
  • Jones
2009
85% Skin
  • Abraham Laing
2009
85% Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley)
  • Dean Spanley
2008
50% Angel
  • Théo
2007
No Score Yet Merlin's Apprentice
  • Merlin
2006
89% Little Fish
  • Brad
2006
No Score Yet Gallipoli
  • Actor
2006
52% Yes
  • Anthony
$0.3M 2005
No Score Yet Gelibolu (Gallipoli)
  • Narrator
2005
No Score Yet To The Ends of the Earth
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant
  • Gov. Phillip
2005
No Score Yet Irresistible
  • Craig
2005
60% Wimbledon
  • Dennis Bradbury
$16.9M 2004
No Score Yet The Brush-Off
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet Stiff
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Brush Off
  • Director
2004
29% Perfect Strangers
  • The Man
2003
No Score Yet Doctor Zhivago
  • Actor
2002
64% Negocios Sucios
  • Detective Sergeant Ray Murphy
2002
No Score Yet National Geographic - SuperCroc
  • Narrator
2002
No Score Yet The Zookeeper
  • Ludovic
2001
50% Jurassic Park III
  • Dr. Alan Grant
2001
96% The Dish
  • Cliff Buxton
2001
57% Fever
  • Elliott
2001
No Score Yet Framed
  • Eddie Meyers
2001
No Score Yet The Magic Pudding
  • Sam Sawnoff
2001
No Score Yet Hyperspace
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet The Revengers' Comedies (Sweet Revenge)
  • Henry Bell
2000
No Score Yet My Mother Frank
  • Professor Mortlock
2000
No Score Yet Jessica
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Sally Hemings: An American Scandal
  • Actor
2000
37% Bicentennial Man
  • Sir Martin
1999
63% Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
  • Walter Murray Gibson
1999
74% The Horse Whisperer
  • Robert MacLean
1998
80% Merlin
  • Merlin
1998
100% Forgotten Silver
  • Himself
1997
24% Event Horizon
  • Weir
1997
80% Children of the Revolution
  • David Hoyle (nine)
1997
60% Snow White: A Tale of Terror
  • Baron Frederick Hoffman
1997
69% Restoration
  • Charles II
1996
No Score Yet In Cold Blood
  • Agent Alvin Dewey
1996
67% Country Life
  • Dr. Max Askey
1995
51% In the Mouth of Madness
  • John Trent
1995
No Score Yet Victory
  • Mr. Jones
1995
79% Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
  • Col. Brydon
1994
73% Sirens
  • Norman
1994
No Score Yet Hostage
  • John Rennie
1993
90% The Piano
  • Stewart
1993
93% Jurassic Park
  • Dr. Alan Grant
$45.3M 1993
No Score Yet Rainbow Warrior
  • Alan Galbraith
1993
No Score Yet Family Pictures
  • David
1993
87% Until the End of the World (Bis ans Ende der Welt)
  • Gene Fitzpatrick
1992
21% Memoirs of an Invisible Man
  • David Jenkins
1992
No Score Yet Megaville
  • David Jenkins
1991
No Score Yet One Against the Wind
  • Maj. Leggatt
1991
No Score Yet Shadow of China
  • TV reporter
1991
86% The Hunt for Red October
  • Capt. Borodin
1990
No Score Yet Death in Brunswick (Nothing to Lose)
  • Carl Fitzgerald
1990
82% Dead Calm
  • John Ingram
1989
92% Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark)
  • Michael Chamberlain
1988
No Score Yet Leap of Faith
  • Oscar Ogg
1988
No Score Yet The Good Wife
  • Neville Gifford
1987
No Score Yet Amerika
  • Col. Andrei Denisov
1987
No Score Yet For Love Alone
  • James Quick
1986
57% Plenty
  • Lazar
1985
No Score Yet Robbery Under Arms
  • Capt. Starlight
1985
No Score Yet The Blood of Others
  • Bergmann
1984
No Score Yet The Country Girls
  • Mr. Gentleman
1984
83% Possession (The Night the Screaming Stops)
  • Mark
1983
No Score Yet Enigma
  • Dimitri Vasilkov
1983
No Score Yet Ivanhoe
  • Brian de Bois-Guilbert
1982
No Score Yet Attack Force Z
  • Sgt. D.J. Costello
1982
32% Omen III: The Final Conflict
  • Damien Thorn
1981
No Score Yet From a Far Country: Pope John Paul II
  • Marian
1981
81% My Brilliant Career
  • Harry Beecham
1979
No Score Yet Sleeping dogs
  • Smith
1977

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% And Then There Were None
2015
  • General John MacArthur
  • 2016
33% The Dovekeepers
2015
  • Josephus
  • 2015
94% Peaky Blinders
2013-2016
  • CI Campbell
  • 2014
58% Alcatraz
2012
  • Emerson Hauser
  • 2012
44% Happy Town
2010
  • Merritt Grieves
  • 2010
71% The Tudors
2007-2010
  • Cardinal Thomas Wolsey Cardinal Wolsey
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Victor Komarovsky Mr. Prettiman Komarovsky
  • 2006
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1994
No Score Yet Alcatra
  • Actor

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