Jurassic Park Icon Sam Neal Reveals Blood Cancer Diagnosis: “I’m not afraid to die, but it annoys me”


Today brings even more unpleasant news concerning popular actors in Hollywood. Along with the star of “Wiretapping” and “John Wick” Lance Reddick, who is dying at the age of 60, it became known that Sam Neal from “Jurassic Park” and “Hunting Wild People” was diagnosed with blood cancer. The actor addressed this health issue in an interview with a poignant statement: “I’m not afraid to die, but it will annoy me.”

Next Tuesday, Sam Neal will have a memoir titled “Have I ever told You This?”, and among the topics discussed in the book is how he is being treated for stage three blood cancer. During an interview with The Guardian, Neil said he started writing vignettes about his life to not only keep himself busy, but also act as an “ointment” while he was undergoing treatment. As he recalled:

I found that I had nothing to do. And I’m used to working. I like to work. I love going to work. I love being with people every day and enjoying human company, friendship and all that. And suddenly I was deprived of it. And I thought, “What should I do?” I never had the intention of writing a book. But as I continued to write, I realized that in fact it gave me a reason to live, and I went to bed thinking: “I’ll write about it tomorrow… it will amuse me.” actually a savior, because I wouldn’t be able to get through this without doing something, you know.

Last year, Sam Neal reprised the role of Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic World Dominion for the first time since 2001’s Jurassic Park III. During the Dominion press tour, Neil’s glands swelled, and then he was diagnosed with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. He received chemotherapy, but when it stopped working, he started taking a chemotherapy drug, and now he has no cancer, although he will need to take this drug for the rest of his life. If you’re interested in reading “Have I Ever Told You This?”, Neil made it clear that the book is not mainly about his blood cancer, but rather serves as a “spiral thread” for the events of his life that he is going through. Neil also said the following:

I cannot pretend that there were no dark moments last year. But these dark moments throw light into a sharp relief, you know, and made me grateful for every day and immensely grateful for all my friends. I’m just glad I’m alive.

In addition to reuniting with Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and BB Wong in “Jurassic World Dominion,” Sam Neal also briefly appeared in “Thor: Love and Thunder” last year as an actor playing Odin in another Asgardian production, just like he did It’s in the Torah. : Ragnarok. Other works of the actor in recent years include the films “Peter Rabbit”, “Blackbird”, “Invasion” and “Twelve”. Next time he will appear in the movie “Portable Door” and is preparing to work on the limited series “Apples Never Fall”. Oh, and let’s not forget Neil’s close contact with some major franchises, like when he auditioned for one of the Lord of the Rings films and auditioned for a role in the James Bond film Daylight Lights with “extreme reluctance.”

We’ll keep you posted on any important updates regarding Sam Neil’s health, but in the meantime, if you want to see how his third outing as Alan Grant went, stream Jurassic World Dominion with a Peacock subscription. You can also check out our release schedule for 2023 to find out which movies you’ll be watching later this year.


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