Sam Neill has revealed that he is being treated for stage-three blood cancer, which he says is “likely to die” from the disease he was diagnosed with last year. .
The New Zealander, who rose to fame after playing Dr Alan Grant in the 1993 blockbuster. jurassic park, said he began treatment last March for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Neill, 75, made the revelation in his book Did I tell you this?, which will be released next week. In the opening chapter, written while undergoing chemotherapy, Neill says: “The thing is, I’m bent, I’m probably going to die. Maybe I should speed this up.”
The narrator’s story The Guardian he is now in remission but will continue to undergo chemotherapy for the rest of his life. “I can’t pretend that the last year didn’t have its dark moments,” he said.
“But those dark times throw the light into sharp relief, you know, and I’m thankful for every day and very thankful for all my friends. Just enjoy life.”
Most of Neill’s career began in the 1970s and he has had numerous roles in TV and film, including Peaky Blinders, The Quest for Red Octoberand The Piano.
She is currently preparing for a role in the television adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel Not only apples, which will be filmed in Australia.
When he’s not working, Neill also tends vineyards in the beautiful Central Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island.
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