Did I Ever Tell You This? by Sam Neill

Published April 11, 2023

Did I Ever Tell You This? by Sam Neill

Book info

  • Title Did I Ever Tell You This?
  • Author Sam Neill
  • Year 2023
  • Genre Memoir

For over forty years, Sam Neill's name has been a reassuring mark of quality. With starring roles in hit movies like Dead Calm, The Hunt for Red October, The Piano and Jurassic Park, Sam's work has taken him from arthouse to blockbuster, and from cult classics to TV hits like Peaky Blinders. Few actors have proved as versatile, nor so well-loved. Born in 1947 in Northern Ireland, Sam emigrated to New Zealand with his close-knit family at the age of seven. At school in Christchurch he discovered he was hopeless at sport, but loved acting. Following a breakthrough role in Gillian Armstrong's My Brilliant Career in 1979, Sam found his way, sometimes by accident, to his own brilliant career and Hollywood's A-list, working alongside a stellar list of actors, writers and directors. In Did I Ever Tell You This? he invites you in, sharing stories from an extraordinary life with charm, honesty, good humour, and a wry appreciation of the absurd.


Sam Neill’s surprise autobiography, written hurriedly during treatment for cancer, is a breath of fresh air. Upfront, Sam admits to writing this only for himself, so it’s a journey through disjointed memories and moments in time, thoughts about relationships and friends and the acting world and what it means to be human. I really liked it, especially the pragmatic way Sam deals with awkward moments and knowing/meeting cancelled people.

Rating: 4 / 5

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