New Zealand: Actor Sam Neill talks about battle with cancer
Popular actor Sam Neill has revealed that he is “possibly dying” after being diagnosed with stage 3 blood cancer a year ago.
In the announcement of her new book, Did I Tell You That? The Jurassic Park star revealed that he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last March.
In his trademark understated style, he does not embellish revelations.
“The fact is, I’m a fraud. Maybe dying. Maybe I’ll have to speed it up,” he writes in the first chapter.
In an interview with The Guardian to promote the book, the 75-year-old said he first underwent chemotherapy, which was unsuccessful.
The Hollywood star has since said that since then he has been taking an experimental chemo drug that he will have to take for the rest of his life.
Luckily, he is now in remission and cancer free.
“I can’t pretend there were no dark moments last year,” he told The Guardian.
“But these dark moments cast a light on a sharp relief, you know, and made me grateful for every day and immensely grateful for all my friends. Just glad to be alive.”
Mr. Neil rose to international fame playing the role of paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant in the 1993 film adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park.
Despite his status as an internationally recognized actor, he only started acting in 1977, when he was 30 years old.
The actor was born in Ireland in 1947 and moved to New Zealand at the age of seven.
During his nearly 50 year acting career, Mr. Neil has earned international recognition for his talent and versatility.
He also runs the Two Paddocks winery in Alexander, New Zealand.
the memoirs are to be released on Tuesday.
Originally published as Winemaker and actor Sam Neill talks about his battle with blood cancer