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Awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1991, he has stated, "The only award I have ever been thrilled to receive was the OBE ... given to me four days before my father died of cancer. It made him proud of me and I'm pleased he knew about it."
His great-great grandfather aided in burning down the White House during the War of 1812.
"I am deeply into pop culture, especially pop music. I think Dion's 'The Wanderer', for me the great 60s rock and roll song, will probably endure much longer than most of the stuff we actors do. Pop music is like the sense of smell--the most potent trigger for memories. Anyway, I was at one of these Oscar parties and I was so excited to meet Mick Jagger, I blurted out, 'Mick, I've always wanted to meet you. I saw you at such-and-so in 1964 ... ,' and immediately his expression completely changed and he snapped, 'Great,' or something like that. I went and buried my head in my hands. How could I be so inane?" --Sam Neill, in Movieline, December 1997/January 1998.
"The one thing I find sad when I come to Los Angeles, though, is realizing that the world is populated by millions of people who want to be actors and never will be. It's unbearably sad to live your life and not be able to do what you really want. And it's a particularly American thing, I think, to advise people to follow their dreams. You ought to be careful advising such things, because people have all kinds of entirely unrealistic dreams. As a result, so many people here think of themselves as losers, which is the worst thing you can be called in America. If you divide society into winners and losers, 98 percent of the people will feel like losers. That attitude is particualrly prevalent among athletes ... I dread the Olympics coming to Sydney. I can't bear the thought of all these people coming and having medals stuck on them, while the others are sent back to obscurity." --Neill in Movieline, December 1997/January 1998.
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