Actor Sam Neill, famed for his appearances in the “Jurassic Park” films and “Peaky Blinders,” is being treated for stage 3 blood cancer.
Neill discussed his illness last year in an interview for his forthcoming book “Did I Ever Told You This?” published by The Guardian on Friday. He said he is cancer-free but will keep receiving chemotherapy.
According to the source, Neill’s book would include a “spiral thread” describing his experiences with the condition.
The actor admitted to having “dark times” while receiving chemotherapy to the publication.
“Those bad periods, you know, cast the brightness into sharp focus and have made me extremely thankful for all my friends and appreciative for every day,” he added. I’m just happy to be alive.
According to The Guardian, Neill was identified as having angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma.
Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma is “a uncommon, often but not always aggressive (fast-growing) type of peripheral T-cell lymphoma,” according to the Lymphoma Research Foundation.
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According to the organisation, AITL symptoms include “high fever, nocturnal sweats, skin rash, and autoimmune illnesses such autoimmune hemolytic anaemia (AIHA) and immune thrombocytopenia (ITP)”.
Chemotherapy, “Hematologic Transplant and/or Endocrine Treatments,” or hormone therapy are all forms of treatment for AITL, according to the National Cancer Institute.
The Guardian said that Neill claimed he initially noticed swollen glands while promoting “Jurassic World Dominion” in March 2022 and was soon diagnosed with AITL. The actor “had chemotherapy, but when it began to fail, he commenced on a new chemotherapy medicine [which] he will have to get on a monthly basis for the remainder of his life, although he is now cancer-free,” according to the source.
The Guardian reports that in his biography, Neill claims to be “potentially dying” and that he “may have to hurry everything up.”
Writing the book, he said to the media outlet, gave him “a cause to live.”
I used to think, “I’ll write about it tomorrow… that would interest me,” before going to sleep, he said. Hence, it was a genuine lifesaver because, you know, I couldn’t have made it through it without something to do.
Neill, a native of New Zealand, began his acting career on local television. He featured in a number of TV shows and films. In the 1977 foreign-released movie “Sleeping Dogs,” he had his breakout performance.
In the 1981 movie “Omen III: The Last War,” the actor played his first worldwide part.
Together with Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, he went on to feature in a variety of movies, such as “Dead Calm,” “Bicentennial Man,” and “The Hunt For Red October,” but it was his portrayal as Dr. Alan Grant in “Jurassic Park” that established him as a household figure.
In 1998, Neill received an Emmy nomination for his performance in “Merlin.” For narrating “New Zealand: Earth’s Legendary Isles,” he received a nomination in 2017.
The actor is the father of three kids: Tim Neill, a son, who he has with his ex-girlfriend, actress Lisa Harrow; Elena Neill, a daughter, who he shares with his ex-wife, makeup artist Noriko Watanabe; and Maiko Spencer, Watanabe’s child from a previous union, who Neill adopted.
Sam is doing quite well and is back at work, according to his agency, even though Neill is still undergoing treatment for the illness.
The limited series “Apples Never Fall,” in which he will co-star with Annette Bening, is what he is now working on.