Sam Neill - Just the Basic Facts

Birth Name:  Nigel John Dermot Neill

Birthdate:  September 14, 1947

Birthplace:  Ulster, Northern Ireland

Siblings:  1 older brother, 1 younger sister

Occupation prior to becoming a serious actor:  Worked for the New Zealand National Film Unit, where he directed documentaries and acted in short films.

Education:  BA in English from the University of Canterbury

Marriages:  Noriko Watanabe (1989 - present)

Children: Maiko (step-daughter with Noriko Watanabe), Tim (with actress Lisa Harrow), Elena (with Noriko Watanabe)

Eye Color:  Blue

Hair Color:  Brown

Height: 6 ft

Home: Owns houses in various parts of the world, but considers New Zealand home

Interesting Trivia:

  • Stuttered as a child
  • Plays the Ukulele
  • Is mad about Architecture
  • Owns a winery called Two Paddocks
  • Is into Pop Culture, especially Pop music
  • Collector of Australian and New Zealand Paintings
  • Enjoys reading
  • Met his wife on the set of Dead Calm
  • Is one of three founders of Huntaway Films
  • Is a big fan of The Beach Boys



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