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New Zealand-based actor Sam Neill said he doesn't fear death despite a recent battle with blood cancer.
The 76-year-old told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Australian Story"
that dying would be "annoying"
because he's not done living yet, but that doesn't mean he's scared.
Neill was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin blood cancer last year. Though he's currently in remission after going through chemotherapy and drug infusions, his medical team said the drugs could eventually stop working and the cancer could return.
"I'm prepared for that,"
Neill told the outlet. "I know I've got it, but I'm not really interested in it. It's out of my control. ... I started to look at my life and realized how immensely grateful I am for so much of it ... I'm in a very uncertain world at the moment."
While the "Jurassic Park"
actor said he's "not remotely afraid"
of death, he did say that retirement "fills me with horror."
"I can't tell you how privileged I am to spend that amount of time with so many actors, so many of whom I've really enjoyed and so many of whom I've really admired,"
he said of working alongside A-listers including Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and the late Sean Connery, to name a few.
Besides the "Jurassic Park"
franchise, the actor is known for his work on several other film and television productions, including "Dead Calm"
(1989), "The Hunt for Red October"
(1990), and "The Piano"
He was working on "Apples Never Fall,"
an adaptation of the best-selling Liane Moriarty novel, before the writers and actors strikes in Hollywood.
Neill started to get the urge to write his life story, including details about moving from Ireland to New Zealand as a child and working for more than four decades in Hollywood. That turned into a memoir titled, "Did I Ever Tell You This?"
The actor said he wrote it as a way to pass down his story to his four children and eight grandchildren.
"I thought it would be great for them to have some of my stories,"
he told ABC. "I mightn't be here in a month or two. We'll leave something for them."