Sam Neill

Highest Rated: 100% Forgotten Silver (1997)
Lowest Rated: 0% United Passions (2015)
Birthday: Sep 14, 1947
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


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Blackbird Actor 2019
52% Palm Beach Leo 2019
96% Sweet Country Fred Smith 2018
No Score Yet Peter Rabbit With Dance Along Older Mr. McGregor 2018
64% Peter Rabbit Actor $84.1M 2018
56% The Commuter Captain Hawthorne $36.3M 2018
No Score Yet Escape Plan 2 (Double Feature with Escape Plan) Dr. Kyrie 2018
66% Tommy's Honour Alexander Boothby $0.6M 2017
77% The Daughter Walter Finch $26.9K 2017
No Score Yet MindGamers Kreutz 2017
No Score Yet The Mummy of Tutankhamun Actor 2017
83% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life Actor 2017
96% Hunt for the Wilderpeople Uncle Hec $5.3M 2016
30% Backtrack Duncan Steward 2016
0% United Passions Joao Havelange $900 2015
23% A Long Way Down Chris Crichton 2014
20% The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box Otto Luger 2014
50% Escape Plan Dr. Kyrie $18.7M 2013
No Score Yet The Dragon Pearl Josh's Father 2013
73% The Hunter Jack $0.2M 2012
31% The Vow Bill Thornton $125.1M 2012
No Score Yet In Her Skin David Reid 2011
No Score Yet Telepathy Actor 2011
51% 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
86% Skin Abraham Laing 2009
86% Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley) Dean Spanley 2008
50% Angel Théo 2007
No Score Yet Merlin's Apprentice Merlin 2006
90% 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
61% 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
49% 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
36% Bicentennial Man Sir Martin 1999
63% Molokai: The Story of Father Damien Walter Murray Gibson 1999
74% The Horse Whisperer Robert MacLean 1998
82% Merlin Merlin 1998
100% Forgotten Silver Himself 1997
27% Event Horizon Weir 1997
80% Children of the Revolution David Hoyle (nine) 1997
60% Snow White: A Tale of Terror Baron Frederick Hoffman 1997
70% Restoration Charles II 1996
No Score Yet In Cold Blood Agent Alvin Dewey 1996
71% Country Life Dr. Max Askey 1995
59% 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
74% Sirens Norman 1994
No Score Yet Hostage John Rennie 1993
92% The Piano Stewart 1993
91% Jurassic Park Dr. Alan Grant $45.3M 1993
No Score Yet Rainbow Warrior Alan Galbraith 1993
No Score Yet Family Pictures David 1993
88% Until the End of the World (Bis ans Ende der Welt) Gene Fitzpatrick 1992
23% 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
89% The Hunt for Red October Capt. Borodin 1990
60% Death in Brunswick (Nothing to Lose) Carl Fitzgerald 1990
82% Dead Calm John Ingram 1989
93% 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
85% 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
83% My Brilliant Career Harry Beecham 1979
No Score Yet Sleeping dogs Smith 1977


92% And Then There Were None
General John MacArthur
  • 2018
  • 2016
95% Peaky Blinders
CI Campbell
  • 2017
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
  • 2016
33% The Dovekeepers
  • 2015
60% Alcatraz
Emerson Hauser
  • 2012
44% Happy Town
Merritt Grieves
  • 2010
No Score Yet Crusoe
Jeremiah Blackthorn
  • 2009
  • 2008
69% The Tudors
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey Cardinal Wolsey
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Victor Komarovsky Mr. Prettiman Komarovsky
  • 2006
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Triangle
Eric Benirall
  • 2005
85% The Simpsons
  • 1994
No Score Yet Alcatra