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Sam Neill Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

Nigel John Dermot Neill was born on the 14th September 1947, in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, UK, and is now a New Zealand actor, probably best recognized for starring in the role of Michael Chamberlain in “Evil Angels (A Cry In The Dark)” (1988), playing Dr. Alan Grant in “Jurassic Park” (1993), and as Jeremiah Blackthorn in the TV series “Crusoe” (2008-2010). His career has been active since 1975.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Sam Neill is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Sam’s net worth is over $18 million, accumulated through his successful involvement in the entertainment industry as a professional actor.

Sam Neill Net Worth $18 Million

Sam Neill was raised with his brother by his father, Dermot Neill, who was a British Army officer, and his mother, Priscilla Beatrice. He was born in Northern Ireland, as his father was stationed there, but in 1954 the family returned to New Zealand, where they owned one of the largest retailers called Neill and Co. There, he was educated at Anglican boys’ boarding school Christ’s College in Christchurch, after which he enrolled at the University of Canterbury, before he transferred to Victoria University in Wellington, from which he graduated with a BA degree in English Literature. Right after graduation, he began to perform with the New Zealand Players and other theater groups.

In no time, Sam’s career began, when he worked for six years as a film director and screenwriter at the New Zealand National Film Unit. Afterwards, he wanted to try himself as an actor, so making his debut appearance as a priest in the 1975 film “Ashes”, which was followed by a role in “Landfall” in the same year. Two years later, he won the lead role in the film “Sleeping Dogs”, and in 1979 starred alongside Judy Davis in the romantic comedy “My Brilliant Career”, which added a considerable amount to his net worth.

At the beginning of the next decade, Sam earned his first big international role, portraying Damien Thorn in the 1981 film “Omen III: The Final Conflict”, directed by Graham Baker, after which he landed the role of Mark in Andrzej Zulawski’s film “Possession” (1981). In 1983, Sam was selected to play in the TV series “Reilly: Ace Of Spies”, and later in another TV series called “America” (1987), both successes. In the following year, he starred as Michael Chamberlain in the film “Evil Angels (A Cry In The Dark)”, which earned him the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In the 1989 film “La Révolution française”, Sam appeared as Marquis de Lafayette; all of these roles increased his net worth by a large margin.

Sam’s first role in the 1990s was in the film “The Hunt For Red October” (1990), in which he starred as Captain Vasily Borodin, then in 1993 he was chosen to portray Dr. Alan Grant in Steven Spielberg’s film “Jurassic Park”, which he reprised in a sequel “Jurassic Park III” in 2001. Moreover, he played the title role in the mini-series “Merlin” (1998), which he also reprised, in the mini-series “Merlin’s Apprentice” (2006).

To speak further about his acting career, Sam also starred in the role of Richard Runche in the TV series “Jessica” (2004), for which he won the Logie Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, played Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in the TV series “The Tudors” (2007), and as Jack Mindy in the 2011 film “The Hunter”, for which he was nominated for an AACTA Award. Most recently, he was cast as Bill Thornton in the film “The Vow” (2012), portrayed Ted McCabe in the TV series “Old School” (2014), and as Lord Carnarvon in the mini-series “Tutankhamun” in 2016. His net worth is certainly still rising.

Thanks to his accomplishments in the film industry, Sam was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1991, and he also has the New Zealand Order of Merit. In 2002, he was made an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Canterbury.

Regarding his personal life, Sam Neill has been married to make-up artist Noriko Watanabe since 1989; the couple has a daughter. Previously, he was married to actress Lisa Harrow (1978-1989), with whom he has a son. Although he has homes in Sydney, Australia, and in Wellington, New Zealand, his current residence is in Queenstown, New Zealand, where he owns the winery Two Paddocks.

Nigel Neill information

Nigel Neill information

Birth date: September 14, 1947
Birth place: Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, UK
Height:5' 11¾" (1.82 m)
Profession:Actor, Director, Writer
Education:University of Canterbury
Nationality:British, New Zealand
Spouse:Noriko Watanabe (m. 1989), Lisa Harrow (m. 1978–1989)
Children:Elena Neill, Tim Neill
Parents:Dermot Neill, Priscilla Neill

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mary Bryant2005TV Mini-SeriesGovernor Arthur Phillip
Wimbledon2004Dennis Bradbury
Yes2004/IAnthony
Jessica2004/ITV MovieRichard Runche
Stiff2004TV MovieLionel Merricks
Perfect Strangers2003The Man
Doctor Zhivago2002TV Mini-SeriesVictor Komarovsky
Leunig Animated2002VideoNarrator (voice)
Leunig: How Democracy Actually Works2002ShortNarrator (voice)
Dirty Deeds2002Detective Sergeant Ray Murphy
Framed2002TV MovieEddie Meyers
The Zookeeper2001Ludovic
Jurassic Park III2001Dr. Alan Grant
Submerged2001TV MovieLt. Cmdr. Charles B. 'Swede' Momsen
The Magic Pudding2000Sam Sawnoff (voice)
The Dish2000Cliff Buxton
My Mother Frank2000Professor Mortlock
Sally Hemings: An American Scandal2000TV MovieThomas Jefferson
Bicentennial Man1999'Sir' Richard Martin
Molokai1999Walter Murray Gibson
The Games1998TV SeriesCitytrans World CEO
The Revengers' Comedies1998Henry Bell
The Horse Whisperer1998Robert MacLean
Merlin1998TV Mini-SeriesMerlin
Event Horizon1997Dr. William Weir
Snow White: A Tale of Terror1997Frederick Hoffman
Victory1996Mr. Jones
In Cold Blood1996TV Mini-SeriesAgent Alvin Dewey
Children of the Revolution1996Nine
Restoration1995King Charles II
The Jungle Book1994Brydon
In the Mouth of Madness1994John Trent
Country Life1994Dr. Max Askey
The Simpsons1994TV SeriesMolloy
Sirens1993Norman Lindsay
Jurassic Park1993Grant
The Rainbow Warrior1993TV MovieAlan Galbraith
The Piano1993Stewart
Family Pictures1993TV MovieDavid Eberlin
Hostage1992John Rennie
Memoirs of an Invisible Man1992David Jenkins
One Against the Wind1991TV MovieMajor James Leggatt, The Guards
Until the End of the World1991Eugene Fitzpatrick
Fever1991TV MovieElliott
Death in Brunswick1990Carl 'Cookie' Fitzgerald
The Hunt for Red October1990Captain Borodin
Shadow of China1989TV reporter (as John Dermot)
La révolution française1989Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert Motier, marquis De La Fayette
Dead Calm1989John Ingram
A Cry in the Dark1988Michael
Leap of Faith1988TV MovieOscar Ogg
Amerika1987TV Mini-SeriesColonel Andrei Denisov
Peter Kenna's The Good Wife1987Neville Gifford
Strong Medicine1986TV MovieVince Lord
For Love Alone1986James Quick
Kane & Abel1985TV Mini-SeriesWilliam Lowell Kane
Plenty1985Lazar
Robbery Under Arms1985Capt. Starlight
The Blood of Others1984Bergman
The Country Girls1984TV MovieMr. Gentleman
Reilly: Ace of Spies1983TV Mini-SeriesSidney Reilly
Enigma1982Dimitri Vasilikov
Ivanhoe1982TV MovieBrian de Bois-Guilbert
From a Far Country1981Marian
Possession1981Mark
Attack Force Z1981Sergeant D.J. (Danny) Costello
The Final Conflict1981Damien Thorn
Lucinda Brayford1980TV Mini-SeriesTony Duff
Young Ramsay1980TV SeriesCrossland
Just Out of Reach1979Mike
The Journalist1979Rex
My Brilliant Career1979Harry Beecham
Sleeping Dogs1977Smith
The Sullivans1976TV SeriesBen Dawson (1980)
Ashes1975Priest
Landfall1975Eric
The Commuter2017post-production
Thor: Ragnarok2017post-production
Freedom FlightannouncedIstvan Kolta
Mystery RideannouncedDuncan Connelly
Tutankhamun2016TV Mini-SeriesLord Carnarvon
Tommy's Honour2016Alexander Boothby
Hunt for the Wilderpeople2016Hec
And Then There Were None2015TV Mini-SeriesGeneral John MacArthur
DxM2015Kreutz
The Daughter2015Walter
Backtrack2015/IDuncan Stewart
The Dovekeepers2015TV Mini-SeriesJosephus
House of Hancock2015TV Mini-SeriesLang Hancock
Peaky Blinders2013-2014TV SeriesMajor Chester Campbell Inspector Chester Campbell
Old School2014TV SeriesTed McCabe
United Passions2014Joao Havelange
Short Poppies2014TV SeriesMr. Neal
A Long Way Down2014Chris
The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box2013Otto Luger
Escape Plan2013Dr. Kyrie
Harry2013TV SeriesDSS Jim Stockton
The Ordained2013TV MovieGoverner Michael Thomas Riley
Alcatraz2012TV SeriesEmerson Hauser
The Vow2012Bill Thornton
The Hunter2011/IVJack
The Dragon Pearl2011Chris Chase
Ice2011TV Mini-SeriesAnthony Kavanagh
Rake2010TV SeriesDr. Bruce Chandler
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole2010Allomere (voice)
Happy Town2010TV SeriesMerritt Grieves
Crusoe2008-2010TV SeriesJeremiah Blackthorn
Daybreakers2009Charles Bromley
Iron Road2009TV Mini-SeriesAlfred Nichol
Under the Mountain2009Mr. Jones
In Her Skin2009David Reid
Skin2008/IAbraham Laing
Dean Spanley2008Dean Spanley
The Tudors2007TV SeriesCardinal Thomas Wolsey
Angel2007Théo
Two Twisted2006TV SeriesMick
Irresistible2006Craig
Merlin's Apprentice2006TV Mini-SeriesMerlin
The Triangle2005TV Mini-SeriesEric Benerall
Sci Fi Inside: 'The Triangle'2005TV MovieEric Benerall
Little Fish2005The Jockey
To the Ends of the Earth2005TV Mini-SeriesMr. Prettiman

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Brush-Off2004TV Movie
Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill1995Documentary
Surf Sail1978Documentary short
Architect Athfield1977Documentary
On the Road with Red Mole1977Documentary
Flare: A Ski Trip1977Short documentary
Four Shorts on Architecture1975Short documentary
Telephone Etiquette1974Documentary

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill1995Documentary
Four Shorts on Architecture1975Short documentary
Telephone Etiquette1974Documentary

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Why Anzac with Sam Neill2015executive producer
The Brush-Off2004TV Movie producer
Stiff2004TV Movie producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hunt for the Wilderpeople2016writer: "The Trifecta"
Death in Brunswick1990performer: "I Got You"
Reilly: Ace of Spies1983TV Mini-Series 1 episode

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Four Shorts on Architecture1975Short documentary
Telephone Etiquette1974Documentary

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Forgotten Silver1995TV Movie special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Le Champion2016DocumentaryNarrator
The Graham Norton Show2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
New Zealand: Earth's Mythical Islands2016TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Narrator
And Then There Was Something: The Making of and Then There Were None2016Video documentary shortHimself
The Weekly with Charlie Pickering2015TV SeriesHimself
Why Anzac with Sam Neill2015Himself - Presenter
River Deep, Mountain High: James Nesbitt in New Zealand2013DocumentaryHimself
The Hour2011-2012TV SeriesHimself
The Story of Film: An Odyssey2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Return to Jurassic Park: Dawn of a New Era2011Video documentary shortHimself / Dr. Alan Grant
Return to Jurassic Park: Making Prehistory2011Video documentary shortHimself / Dr. Alan Grant
Return to Jurassic Park: The Next Step in Evolution2011Video documentary shortHimself / Dr. Alan Grant
Dancing with the Stars2010TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member
Storm Stories2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Bro'Town2009TV SeriesHimself
Beached Az2009TV SeriesHimself
A Taste of My Life2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Séries express2008TV SeriesHimself
Verity Lambert: Drama Queen2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator (voice)
3 News2006TV SeriesHimself
Richard & Judy2006TV SeriesHimself
Working with a Master: John Carpenter2006Video documentary shortHimself
Voyage of the Nautilus2006TV Movie documentaryHubert Wilkins (voice)
The 19th Annual ARIA Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
At the Movies2005TV SeriesHimself
Gelibolu2005DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Tem Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Colin McCahon: I Am2004DocumentaryColin McCahon (voice)
Making of 'Wimbledon: The Movie'2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Sleeping Dogs'2004Video documentaryHimself
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton2004TV SeriesHimself
Rove Live2001-2003TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Beyond Jurassic Park2001VideoHimself
The Dinosaurs of 'Jurassic Park III'2001Video documentary shortHimself
Steven Spielberg Directs 'Jurassic Park'2001Video shortHimself
The Making of 'Jurassic Park III'2001Video documentary shortHimself
The Special Effects of 'Jurassic Park III'2001Video documentary shortHimself
SuperCroc2001TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Hyperspace2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Live Lunch2001TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Numero Bruno2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards1999TV Movie documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Gomorron1998TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steven Spielberg1996TV Special documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Jurassic Park'1995Video documentaryHimself / Alan Grant (uncredited)
Forgotten Silver1995TV MovieHimself - Actor / Director
Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill1995DocumentaryHimself - Narrator / Host
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995TV SeriesHimself
The Making of Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book'1994TV Movie documentaryHimself - 'Colonel Brydon'
The Making of 'Jurassic Park'1993Video shortHimself
Entertainment UK1993TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHimself - 'Jurassic Park'
CBS This Morning1988TV SeriesHimself
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Telephone Etiquette1974Documentary

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
Buck2011DocumentaryRobert MacLean (uncredited)
Farewall to the King: Michael Hirst on The Tudors Finale2010Video shortCardinal Thomas Wolsey (uncredited)
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape2010DocumentaryHimself
The Tudors2010TV SeriesCardinal Woolsey
Premio Donostia a Meryl Streep2008TV SpecialMichael Chamberlain
5 Second Movies2008TV SeriesDr. Alan Grant
Reinventando Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryCardinal Thomas Wolsey
Maquillando entre monstruos2007TV Movie documentaryDr. Alan Grant
The Making of 'Event Horizon'2006Video documentaryHimself
Getaway2005TV SeriesDr. Alan Grant
Plenty: Days of Plenty - A Conversation with Director Fred Schepisi2002/IVideo shortLazar
Before Stardom2002TV MovieHimself
Time Team2001TV Series documentaryDr. Alan Grant
Inside 'The Living Daylights'2000Video documentary shortJames Bond
Star Trek: Voyager1997TV SeriesDr. William Weir
The Celluloid Heroes1995TV MovieHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016AIMC Lifetime Achievement AwardAustralian Movie Convention
2016Lost Weekend AwardFilm Club's The Lost WeekendBest Supporting ActorHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2005Silver LogieLogie AwardsMost Outstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesJessica (2004)
2001Jury AwardFt. Lauderdale International Film FestivalBest ActorThe Zookeeper (2001)
1989AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Actor in a Lead RoleEvil Angels (1988)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017AACTA AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Supporting ActorThe Daughter (2015)
2017NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorHunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
2016AACTA AwardAustralian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Daughter (2015)
2016Silver LogieLogie AwardsMost Outstanding ActorHouse of Hancock (2015)
2012AACTA AwardAustralian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Hunter (2011)
2012FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actor - Supporting RoleThe Hunter (2011)
2010Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (II)Best Supporting Actor in a Feature FilmUnder the Mountain (2009)
2009Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (II)Best Lead Actor in a Feature FilmDean Spanley (2008)
2008GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic SeriesThe Tudors (2007)
2008Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actor - Drama SeriesThe Tudors (2007)
2006Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor on TelevisionThe Triangle (2005)
2005FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleLittle Fish (2005)
2005New Zealand Screen AwardNew Zealand Screen AwardsPerformance by an Actor in a Leading RolePerfect Strangers (2003)
2004AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama or ComedyJessica (2004)
2004AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Direction in TelevisionThe Brush-Off (2004)
2002Grace AwardMovieGuide AwardsMost Inspirational Movie ActingThe Dish (2000)
2001FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actor - MaleThe Dish (2000)
2000AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Performance by an an Actor in a Supporting RoleMy Mother Frank (2000)
1999Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionMerlin (1998)
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actor - Drama/RomanceThe Horse Whisperer (1998)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieMerlin (1998)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesMerlin (1998)
1993Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorMemoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
1993American Television AwardAmerican Television AwardsBest Actor in a MiniseriesFamily Pictures (1993)
1993AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Piano (1993)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionOne Against the Wind (1991)
1991AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Actor in a Lead RoleDeath in Brunswick (1990)
1985Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionReilly: Ace of Spies (1983)


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#Fact
1Has fluent Irish accent.
2Suffered with a stammer when he was younger.
3Owns a winery, Two Paddocks, in the Central Otago region of New Zealand. It was started in 1993.
4Studied at the University of Canterbury and at the Victoria University in Wellington, from which he graduated with a BA in English Literature.
5Born to Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), who was English, and Dermot Neill, a New Zealand army officer. His ancestry includes English, Anglo-Irish (Northern Irish), and Irish.
6Good friends with musicians Neil Finn, Tim Finn and Jimmy Barnes.
7Moved to New Zealand at age 7.
8He is a big fan of The Beach Boys.
9Was considered for the role of the villainous "Doc Ock" in Spider-Man 2 (2004). His wife ended up as the principal make-up & hair stylist for Kirsten Dunst in the movie.
10He is one of the three founders of Huntaway Films, along with his good friends John Clarke and Jay Cassells.
11Montana is a recurring element in his films: in The Hunt for Red October (1990) he wants to live in Montana; in The Horse Whisperer (1998) he goes to Montana to find with his wife; in Jurassic Park (1993) he is digging up fossils in Montana.
12One of the original candidates for the fourth and fifth actor to portray James Bond - 007 in The Living Daylights (1987) and GoldenEye (1995). Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan ended up as James Bond, respectively.
13His vineyard is in the Gibbston Valley, Otago. His wine is a Pinot Noir called Two Paddocks.
14"Best Actor on British Television" for Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), Australian Film Institute Award "Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role" for A Cry in the Dark (1988) (aka "Cry in the Dark (1988)").
15Awarded the O.B.E. for Service to Acting (1993).
16He has homes in Beverly Hills, Sydney and New Zealand.
17Met wife Noriko Watanabe on the set of Dead Calm (1989), where she worked as a make-up artist.
18One son, Tim Neill (b.1983), with Lisa Harrow, a daughter Elena Neill with Noriko Watanabe, and a step-daughter Maiko.

#Quote
1[on changing his name from Nigel to Sam, aged ten] I saved myself a lifetime of pain.
2[2014, on socializing with Michael Williams and Warren Clarke during the making of Enigma (1982)] My liver is still recovering.
3(2012, on filming Sleeping Dogs and working with Warren Oates) You see, that was my first feature film of all, with my friend Roger Donaldson, and there I really had no idea what I was doing. In fact, none of us did. Apart from Michael Seresin, who shot it, no one on that production had ever made a feature film before. In fact, there hadn't been a feature film made in New Zealand for something like 17 years. So we were really... We lit a little candle, which didn't illuminate much of the darkness in front of us, but we got through it. It's a very uneven film, and I'm pretty uneven in it. Oh, actually, the other person on the film who had any experience was, of course, the wonderful Warren Oates. He came in for about two weeks, I think, and... He discovered on day one, I think, that in the area of New Zealand where we were working, they grow the best marijuana, and so he was basically smoking joints all day. In some of the scenes where he's playing Col. Willoughby, a U.S. army advisor in New Zealand, he's addressing his men with his hands behind his back, and you might even possibly detect the little curving smoke behind his right shoulder, because he wouldn't even put the joint aside when the camera was rolling. He just put it behind his back! But Warren was a lovely guy, and when he left-I'll never forget this, actually: He shook my hand, and he said, "Goodbye, Sam! I'll see you in the movies!" It was such a surprising thing for him to say, but I was very touched by it. I never saw him again, because he died rather young not very long after that. But he lived hard, you know. And he had some great stories of the madness of working with Sam Peckinpah.
4(2012, on Dead Calm) Well, that was fantastically good fun, actually, although quite a lot of the time we were seasick and cold and wet and stuff like that. It was a very interesting film to do, as there were only three characters, you know, but it works very well, and it built quite a few careers. For [director] Phillip Noyce, it launched him into big action films, and there's this Australian actress called Nicole Kidman in it who you might've heard of...
5(2012, on My Brilliant Career) A most important role for me, I must say, because that's the film that took me out of New Zealand, the film that allowed me to live and work in Australia, which I love. Yeah, that was probably more transformative than anything else I've done, in a way. Without that film, I never would've-prior to that, I'd done Sleeping Dogs, and I thought, "That was a one-off, I'll never do another film." And if you look at Sleeping Dogs, you think, "Well, I wouldn't use that bugger again." But I did get cast in Brilliant Career, I kind of understood a little bit more about what was necessary, and it was a great opportunity for me. That film changed me into an actor rather than just a part-time thespian.
6The pathetic thing about actors is they don't feel valid unless they're acting.
7If all I did was acting, I'd go out of my mind.
8"Perhaps we should look at somewhere else where they recently used the time-old bribe of tax cuts, and see how it worked. In 2000, George W. Bush, under the reasonable sounding 'compassionate conservatism', offered huge tax cuts. And he delivered. Take a look at America now. The rich are certainly richer, but the economy is in the tank, a healthy surplus has been converted into a massive deficit, and the U.S. is a place that cannot even afford the basics. Like maintaining levees in low-lying Louisiana. Might I suggest that tax cuts led indirectly to the flooding of New Orleans?".
9Referring to The Simpsons (1989): "I'm playing a cat burglar. I've made it. This is the high point of my career. I'm really chuffed". EW, 7/23/93.
10"Of all the characters I've played, I think I have more in common with that guy than with Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983) referring to Carl Fitzgerald in Death in Brunswick (1990). Who Weekly (NZ) 8/23/93.


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