Sam Neill

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Sam Neill (2010)

Nigel James Dermot Samuel "Sam" Neill , KNZM , OBE , (born September 14, 1947 in Omagh , Northern Ireland , United Kingdom ) is a New Zealand actor , director , screenwriter and winemaker .

life and work

Born into a family of soldiers in Northern Ireland who moved to New Zealand in 1954, Neill attended regular schools and university, where he graduated in English literature . He started acting at an early age, directing and writing for the Zealand National Film Unit for six years . He became popular with films such as The Hunt for Red October ( Tom Clancy book adaptation, 1990), The Piano (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and Merlin (1998).

Neill has a son with fellow actress Lisa Harrow , a daughter with his wife Noriko Watanabe, and a stepdaughter. Since 1993 he has been the owner of Two Paddocks Ltd. , a small family company based in Otago, New Zealand that makes wines.

His German dubbing voice comes mainly from Wolfgang Condrus .




  • 1995: New Zealand - Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (52 minutes) together with Judy Rymer for the BFI

Web links

Commons : Sam Neill  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Sam Neill: Message from the Proprietor on Two Paddocks website, accessed August 29, 2010
  2. Entry in the German synchronous index (accessed on September 18, 2010)