“Jurassic Park” star Sam Neill assured fans that he’s “fine” after mounting concerns over his health since revealing he was being treated for cancer.
Neill revealed his battle with stage 3 blood cancer in his upcoming memoir “Did I Ever Tell You This?”
The 75-year-old said he was soon diagnosed with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma, undergoing chemotherapy until he switched to a new drug he expects to take every month for the rest of his life.
“I am alive and well and I have been in remission for 8 months, which feels really good,” he said in a video shared on the platform Friday. “And I’m alive and kicking and I’m going to work.”
Neill, who has been in remission for 8 months, said he’s diving back into onscreen work within days alongside Annette Bening in the limited series “Apples Never Fall.”
“I’m very happy to be going back to work,” Neill told his 542,000 followers. “Let’s not worry too much about ‘all that’ because I’m fine. Okay,” he concluded his video, referring to concerns over his previous diagnosis.
Concerns over Neill’s health went into overdrive Friday after an excerpt from his book was revealed.
The 75-year-old assured fans that he’s “fine” and revealed that he’s been in remission for 8 months.Instagram/@samneilltheprop
“The thing is, I’m crook. Possibly dying,” he writes in the first chapter, which comes out Tuesday. “I may have to speed this up.”
He said he never intended to write a memoir, but started doing so during treatment last year, as he realized it “was actually sort of giving me a reason to live.”
“I found myself with … nothing to do,” Neill explained to the Guardian in an interview published Friday.
Neill in “Jurassic Park III” in 2001.©Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection
“And I’m used to working. I love working. I love going to work. I love being with people every day and enjoying human company and friendship and all these things. And suddenly I was deprived of that. And I thought, ‘What am I going to do?’”
Neill added that he is now cancer-free, though he does rely on the monthly chemotherapy drug.
The actor rose to international fame in 1993 with his role as Dr. Alan Grant in “Jurassic Park.”
He played the same character in 2001’s “Jurassic Park III” and the 2022 film “Jurassic World Dominion.”