The New Zealand actor Sam Neill, known from the hit movie "Jurassic Park", has made his leukemia disease public. In his autobiography, Did I Ever Tell You This, out next week, Neill writes that he has been treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma since March last year and may die from it.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a collective term for a large number of malignant diseases of the lymphatic system. The tumors are also called lymphomas and can develop anywhere in the body, with the lymph nodes being most commonly affected. The treatment options and chances of recovery vary depending on the affected area. In the case of Sam Neill it is blood cancer.
In an interview with the "Guardian", the 75-year-old said that despite the success of the treatment, he would undergo chemotherapy until the end of his life. "I can't pretend the last year hasn't had its dark moments," Neill said. He was "grateful for every day and immeasurably grateful for all my friends".
Neill's long acting career began in the 1970s and has garnered him dozens of roles in film and television, including the series Peaky Blinders and the films The Hunt for Red October and The Piano. In 2022, he reprized the role of paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant.