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Sam Neill
DCNZM OBE

Neill at the 2010 Vancouver International Wine Festival.
Born Nigel John Dermot Neill
(1947-09-14) 14 September 1947 (age 69)
Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Residence Queenstown, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealander, British, Irish
Education Christ’s College
Alma mater University of Canterbury
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1975–present
Spouse(s) Lisa Harrow (m. 1978; div. 1989)
Noriko Watanabe (m. 1989)
Children 3 (one stepdaughter)

I've worked all my life to shed myself of any character.
No intelligent man wears a moustache voluntarily – you can write that down.
Sam Neill
When I left university I was working for a documentary film company for six or seven years to the great relief of my father whose greatest waking fear was that I would become an actor.
Sam Neill
I can never really remember what I look like. I'm just sort of neutral. I don't think I'm sort of, you know, hideous.
Sam Neill
If you want to learn about America, watch 'The Wire.' It's a profound piece of entertainment.
Sam Neill
As much as possible, I try to encourage people to use stunt men because that is really their job.
Sam Neill
I'm not big on Champagne, but I'd take along a bottle of Cristal to pop for when the boat comes to the rescue.
Sam Neill
No intelligent man wears a moustache voluntarily – you can write that down.
Sam Neill
I enjoy some physical stuff. But if I had a choice between playing a scene where it's raining, it's terribly cold, I'm wet and I'm being drowned and playing a scene with dinosaur eggs in a laboratory, I'd probably take the latter. It's warmer and generally more comfortable!
Sam Neill
I get very antsy and nervous if I don't know what the next job is.
People turn into fools when they see a movie star and do weird things.
I go by the role pretty much. And I think the only genre I haven't gotten to do but I'd love to is a western, but no one has ever asked me to do that. Unfortunately they are very few and far between these days, but that is one type of film I'd love to do.
Sam Neill
'Dexter' I'm very fond of. I got addicted to that.
Try and fit in in a New Zealand playground with an Armagh accent – it doesn't work.
Sam Neill
I can tell you where I was when Kennedy was shot – which was in the common room at school. I heard about it on the old valve radio. At the time of Armstrong's landing, I was at university rehearsing a play.
Sam Neill
I understand acting and I understand actors. I don't really understand the world of celebrity. That's just bizarre. Those sorts of elements I'm at sea with.
Sam Neill
Every actor wants more offers, but I get enough and I do like to be busy.
When I started in films, it never really occurred to me that I could make a career out of acting.
Sam Neill
I hate to say it, but there seems to have been some sort of dumbing down as far as movies go.
Sam Neill
I think you need brains to do any Shakespeare with any authority. I could do Shakespeare, but not with any authority.
Sam Neill