Sam Neill

A native of Omagh, Northern Ireland, Sam Neill was born Sept. 14, 1947, and moved to New Zealand as a youngster. He worked in theater groups before landing in films, first drawing attention in My Brilliant Career (1979) and showing his dramatic scope playing Satan's scion in Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981).

The gifted actor gained further notice as the title character in the British TV series "Reilly: Ace of Spies" and with his appearance in the American miniseries "Kane & Abel" (1985). Neill delivered a memorable turn in the Aussie thriller Dead Calm (1989) and solidified his fame in 1993 with roles in The Piano and Jurassic Park (reprising the part in 2001's Jurassic Park III).

Among Neill's other big-screen credits are Bicentennial Man (1999) and The Dish (2000). He earned Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his performance in the 1998 miniseries "Merlin."