Sam Neill, an actor, disclosed in a memoir that he is receiving treatment for stage-three blood cancer and that the disease, which was discovered a year ago, was “possibly” killing him.
The New Zealander, who shot to prominence after playing Dr. Alan Grant in the 1993 blockbuster “Jurassic Park,” revealed that he started non-Hodgkin lymphoma treatment last March.
The disclosure is made by Neill, 75, in his book “Did I Ever Tell You This?”, which is published the following week.
In the opening chapter, written while undergoing chemotherapy, Neill said: “The thing is, I’m crook. Possibly dying. I may have to speed this up.”
The actor told The Guardian he is now in remission but will continue to undergo chemotherapy for the remainder of his life.
“I can’t pretend that the last year hasn’t had its dark moments,” he said.
“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.”
Neill’s vast acting career began in the 1970s and has spanned dozens of roles in TV and film, including “Peaky Blinders”, “The Hunt for Red October”, and “The Piano”.
He is currently preparing for a role in a television adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel Apples Never Fall, which will be filmed in Australia.
When he’s not acting, Neill also runs vineyards in the picturesque Central Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island.