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SAM NEILL's (Bill Thornton) extensive international credits include John McTiernan's The Hunt for Red October; Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World; Jane Campion's Academy Awards® (R)-winning The Piano; Stephen Spielberg's Jurassic Park and the sequels; Michael Hoffman's Restoration; Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer; Chris Columbus' Bicentennial Man; and most recently, Michael and Peter Spierig's Day Breakers.

Early in his career, Neill starred opposite Judy Davis in Gillian Armstrong's acclaimed My Brilliant Career, and in the Fred Schepisi films Plenty and A Cry in the Dark, for which he received the 1989 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. Other local films include John Ruane's Death in Brunswick, for which he received the 1991 AFI nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role; Phillip Noyce's Dead Calm, opposite Nicole Kidman; and Little Fish, alongside Cate Blanchett, for which he received the Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Neill has appeared in numerous television films and recurring roles in several series, including the recent ABC's Happy Town and Showtime's critically acclaimed The Tudors. He has been nominated three times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor: for the 1998 mini-series Merlin's Apprentice, which also garnered him an Emmy® Award nomination for Best Actor; 1992's ``One Against the Wind; and the series Reilly Ace of Spies, which also garnered him the honor of being awarded 1989's Best Actor on British Television. He received the 2004 AFI Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama or Comedy for his performance in Jessica, as well as The TV Week Silver Logie nomination for Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.


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