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A native of Omagh, Northern Ireland, Sam Neill was born Sept. 14, 1947, and moved to New Zealand as a youngster. He worked in theater groups before landing in films, first drawing attention in My Brilliant Career (1979) and showing his dramatic scope playing Satan's scion in Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981).

The gifted actor gained further notice as the title character in the British TV series "Reilly: Ace of Spies" and with his appearance in the American miniseries "Kane & Abel" (1985). Neill delivered a memorable turn in the Aussie thriller Dead Calm (1989) and solidified his fame in 1993 with roles in The Piano and Jurassic Park (reprising the part in 2001's Jurassic Park III).

Among Neill's other big-screen credits are Bicentennial Man (1999) and The Dish (2000). He earned Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his performance in the 1998 miniseries "Merlin."

Sam Neill in Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

2016 PG-13

Young misfit Ricky Baker has grown comfortable with his foster parents, Aunt Bella and Uncle Hec. But when Bella's death threatens to send Ricky back to child services, the irascible Hec heads for the bush with Ricky, setting off a national manhunt.

  • Sam Neill in A Cry in the Dark A Cry in the Dark
  • Sam Neill in MindGamers MindGamers
  • Sam Neill in Escape Plan Escape Plan
  • Sam Neill in Backtrack Backtrack
  • Sam Neill in The Piano The Piano
  • Sam Neill in Peaky Blinders Peaky Blinders
  • Sam Neill in Plenty Plenty
  • Sam Neill in The Hunt for Red October The Hunt for Red October
  • Sam Neill in Event Horizon Event Horizon
  • Sam Neill in Angel Angel
  • Sam Neill in Jurassic Park III Jurassic Park III
  • Sam Neill in Bicentennial Man Bicentennial Man
  • Sam Neill in The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
  • Sam Neill in Legend of the Guardians Legend of the Guardians
  • Sam Neill in The Horse Whisperer The Horse Whisperer
  • Sam Neill in The Dish The Dish
  • Sam Neill in The Zookeeper The Zookeeper
  • Sam Neill in Jurassic Park Jurassic Park
  • Sam Neill in In the Mouth of Madness In the Mouth of Madness
  • Sam Neill in Country Life Country Life
  • Sam Neill in The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant
  • Sam Neill in My Brilliant Career My Brilliant Career
  • Sam Neill in Omen III: The Final Conflict Omen III: The Final Conflict
  • Sam Neill in Hyperspace Hyperspace
  • Sam Neill in Snow White: A Tale of Terror Snow White: A Tale of Terror
  • Sam Neill in Iron Road Iron Road
  • Sam Neill in Skin Skin
  • Sam Neill in The Vow The Vow
  • Sam Neill in Memoirs of an Invisible Man Memoirs of an Invisible Man
  • Sam Neill in Wimbledon Wimbledon
  • Sam Neill in The Hunter The Hunter
  • Sam Neill in The Dragon Pearl The Dragon Pearl
  • Sam Neill in A Long Way Down A Long Way Down
  • Sam Neill in And Then There Were None And Then There Were None
  • Sam Neill in Reilly: Ace of Spies Reilly: Ace of Spies
  • Sam Neill in Molokai: The Story of Father Damien Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
  • Sam Neill in Doctor Zhivago Doctor Zhivago
  • Sam Neill in Yes Yes
  • Sam Neill in Under the Mountain Under the Mountain
  • Sam Neill in In Her Skin In Her Skin
  • Sam Neill in Little Fish Little Fish
  • Sam Neill in Sleeping Dogs Sleeping Dogs
  • Sam Neill in Ivanhoe Ivanhoe
  • Sam Neill in Attack Force Z Attack Force Z
  • Sam Neill in Merlin: Special Edition Merlin: Special Edition
  • Sam Neill in Stiff Stiff
  • Sam Neill in The Brush Off The Brush Off
  • Sam Neill in To the Ends of the Earth To the Ends of the Earth
  • Sam Neill in Irresistible Irresistible
  • Sam Neill in Merlin's Apprentice Merlin's Apprentice
  • Sam Neill in Crusoe Crusoe
  • Sam Neill in Daybreakers Daybreakers
  • Sam Neill in Alcatraz Alcatraz
  • Sam Neill in The Dovekeepers The Dovekeepers