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Jurassic Park star Sam Neill announces cancer diagnosis

The 75-year-old actor recently opened up about his blood cancer diagnosis.

Laura Dern y Sam Neill.
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In an interview with The Guardian and in his new memoir ‘Did I Ever Tell You This?’, actor Sam Neill revealed that he’s currently being treated for stage-three blood cancer.

Best known for his role as Alan Grant in ‘Jurassic Park’, Neill first experienced health complications while promoting ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ last march where he was later diagnosed with “angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma”.

“I can’t pretend that the last year hasn’t had its dark moments,” he said. “But those dark moments throw the light into sharp relief, you know, and have made me grateful for every day and immensely grateful for all my friends. Just pleased to be alive.”

Road to recovery

Neill took chemotherapy treatment, which originally failed, but has since started improving his health.

The Guardian wrote: “He embarked on a new chemotherapy drug which he will continue to receive monthly for the rest of his life, although he is now cancer free.”

“I’m not afraid to die, but it would annoy me,” Neill continued in the interview. “Because I’d really like another decade or two, you know?”

Despite the harrowing diagnosis, Neill remains optimistic.

“We’ve built all these lovely terraces, we’ve got these olive trees and cypresses, and I want to be around to see it all mature,” he said.

“And I’ve got my lovely little grandchildren. I want to see them get big. But as for the dying? I couldn’t care less,” Neill explained.

Neill posted to Instagram to reassure fans that he’s “alive and kicking and [he’s] going to work.”

Neill’s future acting career

Neill recently joined the cast of ‘Apples Never Fall’, a new limited series on Peacock based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty. The series will also feature Alison Brie, Jake Lacy, and Annette Bening among others.