THE HORSE WHISPERER
SAM NEILL (Robert MacLean) recently starred in "Event
Horizon" and "The Grimm Brothers' Snow White."
His forthcoming projects include a starring role in "The
Revengers' Comedies," and the title role in the forthcoming
His other recent films include "Children of the Revolution,"
"In the Mouth of Madness," "Restoration,"
"Victory," "Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book,"
"Sirens," and "Country Life." He has co-starred
with Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum in Steven Spielberg's mega-hit,
"Jurassic Park," and co-starred in Jane Campion's "The
Piano," which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and three Academy
Born in Northern Ireland but raised in New Zealand, Sam Neill's
interest in the performing arts was fostered at the University
of Canterbury. On graduating, he spent seven years between acting
in theater and directing documentaries for the New Zealand Film
He made his feature debut in Roger Donaldson's futuristic "Sleeping
Dogs." It was, however, his portrayal of Judy Davis' well-mannered
suitor, Harry Beacham, in "My Brilliant Career" which
first brought him international recognition. He subsequently worked
with Davis in the miniseries "One Against the Wind,"
for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, and recently
reteamed with Davis for a third time on the feature "Children
of the Revolution."
Neill has also worked twice opposite Meryl Streep: in Fred Schepisi's
"Plenty," and later in "A Cry in the Dark,"
for which he was honored with the Australian Film Institute Award
for Best Actor. He has subsequently been nominated twice by the
Australian Film Institute, for "Death in Brunswick"
and "The Piano."
Some of his other feature credits include "Dead Calm"
opposite Nicole Kidman, John McTiernan's "The Hunt for Red
October," Wim Wenders' "Until the End of the World,"
"Memoirs of an Invisible Man," "Possession"
with Isabelle Adjani, "Enigma," "The Good Wife,"
"The Journalist," "From a Far Country," "The
Blood of Others" opposite Jodie Foster, "For Love Alone,"
"The Country Girls," and "Robbery Under Arms."
On television, he is best known for his role as spy Sidney Reilly
in "Reilly Ace of Spies," garnering a Golden Globe Award
nomination and Best Actor Award on British Television. He has
also starred in the miniseries "Kane and Abel" and "Amerika,"
and recently in the telefilms "Family Pictures," opposite
Anjelica Huston, and "In Cold Blood." In addition to
his acting, Neill has recently directed and narrated his own documentary,
"Cinema of Unease -- The Century of New Zealand Cinema."
Neill has also been honored with an O.B.E. for Service to Acting.
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