Jurassic Park Star Sam Neill Makes Heartbreaking Announcement: “The thing is, I’m crook, possibly dying”

Jurassic Park star Sam Neill, 75, revealed that he’s being treated for stage-three blood cancer. The Jurassic Park star disclosed the news in his upcoming memoir, Did I Ever Tell You This, and in an interview with The Guardian.

He said: “The thing is, I’m crook. Possibly dying. I may have to speed this up. I found myself with nothing to do. And I’m used to working. I love working. I love going to work.

“I love being with people every day and enjoying human company and friendship and all these things. And suddenly I was deprived of that. And I thought, ‘what am I going to do? I never had any intention to write a book.

“But as I went on and kept writing, I realised it was actually sort of giving me a reason to live and I would go to bed thinking, ‘I’ll write about that tomorrow … that will entertain me.’ 

“And so it was a lifesaver really, because I couldn’t have gone through that with nothing to do, you know.

“I can’t pretend that the last year hasn’t had its dark moments.

“But those dark moments throw the light into sharp relief, you know, and have made me grateful for every day and immensely grateful for all my friends.

“Just pleased to be alive,” he said.

Neill told the BBC that he has had “a ferocious type of aggressive’ non-Hodgkin lymphoma.”

He first achieved recognition with his appearance in the 1977 film Sleeping Dogs, which he followed with leading roles in My Brilliant Career (1979), Omen III: The Final Conflict,

Possession (both 1981), A Cry in the Dark (1988), Dead Calm (1989), The Hunt For Red October (1990), The Piano (1993) and In the Mouth of Madness (1994). 

He shot to superstardom playing Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park (1993) and Jurassic Park III (2001) and Jurassic World Dominion (2022).

Neill has appeared in numerous television series, including Reilly, Ace of Spies (1983), The Simpsons (1994), Merlin (1998), The Tudors (2007), Crusoe (2008–2010), Happy Town (2010), Alcatraz (2012), Peaky Blinders (2013–2014), and Rick and Morty (2019). 

He has presented and narrated several documentaries. In 2021, he had a one-episode role on the Apple TV+ sci-fi series Invasion.

Neill is the recipient of the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, the Longford Lyell Award, the New Zealand Film Award and the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor.

He also has three Golden Globe and two Primetime Emmy Award nominations.