Actor Sam Neill, famous for his role as Dr. Alan Grant in the blockbuster Jurassic Park, has revealed that he is being treated for stage three blood cancer. The New Zealander shared the news in his upcoming memoir, Did I Ever Tell You This?, stating that he was “possibly dying” from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which was diagnosed a year ago. Neill began treatment last March and has been undergoing chemotherapy.
In the opening chapter of his book, written while undergoing chemotherapy, the 75-year-old actor wrote, “The thing is, I’m crook. Possibly dying. I may have to speed this up.” He added that he is now in remission but will continue to undergo chemotherapy for the rest of his life.
Neill’s acting career spans several decades and includes dozens of roles in TV and film, such as 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 runs vineyards in the Central Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island. Despite his diagnosis, the actor remains active and committed to his work.
The news of Neill’s diagnosis has been met with an outpouring of support from fans and colleagues. Many have taken to social media to express their well wishes and offer words of encouragement.
The actor’s decision to share his diagnosis publicly has also helped raise awareness about non-Hodgkin lymphoma and the importance of cancer screening and treatment. Neill’s openness about his cancer journey may also provide hope and inspiration to others who are fighting similar battles.
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