Julian Sands

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Julian Sands
Sands in 2011
Born(1958-01-04)4 January 1958
Disappeared13 January 2023 (aged 65)
Mount Baldy, California, U.S.
Status Missing for 2 months and 1 day
Years active1982–2023

Julian Sands (born 4 January 1958 [1] ) is an English actor. He is known for his roles in films such as The Killing Fields , A Room with a View , Warlock , Arachnophobia , Boxing Helena , and Leaving Las Vegas . On television, he is known for playing Vladimir Bierko in 24 , Jor-El in Smallville, and Yulish Rabitov in Banshee .


On 13 January 2023, Sands went missing while hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles. [2] As of March 2023, he has not been located.


Julian Sands began his film career appearing in supporting roles in films, including Oxford Blues (1984) and The Killing Fields (1984). He also had a cameo as a Greek soldier in the BBC adaptation of The Box of Delights in 1984. [3] He was cast as the romantic lead in the 1985 film A Room with a View . In 1985, following the success of A Room with a View and Ken Russell's Gothic (1986) Sands decided to move to Hollywood and pursue a career in American films. He appeared in several of them—both lower-tier and higher-budget.

He played the title role in the horror film Warlock (1989) and its sequel Warlock: The Armageddon (1993), the role of Franz Liszt in Impromptu (1991), the role of Yves Cloquet in Naked Lunch (1991), and prominent roles in Arachnophobia (1990), Boxing Helena (1993) and Leaving Las Vegas (1995). He played Erik, aka the Phantom in the 1998 horror-film version of The Phantom of the Opera . He starred opposite Jackie Chan in the action-comedy film The Medallion (2003). He played Laurence Olivier in BBC Four's In Praise of Hardcore (2005), a drama about the critic and impresario Kenneth Tynan. [4]

Sands at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival Julian Sands Cannes nineties.jpg
Sands at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival

In television work, he voiced Valmont in the Jackie Chan Adventures cartoon (Seasons 1 and 2) (succeeded by the British actors Andrew Ableson and Greg Ellis in the remaining seasons). He played the Doci of the Ori in two episodes of Stargate SG-1 —in its ninth and tenth seasons (a role he reprised in the film, Stargate: the Ark of Truth ). He played a college professor in a Season One episode of The L Word . In 2002, he starred in Stephen King's Rose Red . Sands portrayed Austrian ambassador Klemens von Metternich in the 2002 miniseries Napoléon. In the 2006 season of 24 , he played terrorist Vladimir Bierko.[ citation needed ]

Sands played Jor-El, Superman's biological father on Smallville , and reprised the role in the series' final (tenth) season. In 2009, he played Reg Hunt in Bollywood Hero . [5] In 2012, he played Alistair Wesley in the seventh episode of the second season of Person of Interest .[ citation needed ]

In August 2011, he appeared onstage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in A Celebration of Harold Pinter , directed by John Malkovich at the Pleasance Courtyard. [6] [7] The play transferred to, the Irish Repertory Theatre, in New York. [8] His performance in the play was nominated for "Outstanding Solo Performance" for the 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards (2013). [9] [ needs update ]

In 2011, Sands appeared in the mystery thriller film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , an English-language remake of the original version, as the younger Henrik Vanger. In 2012, Sands voiced the character of DeFalco in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 . On 26 April 2013, it was announced that Sands would appear as Miles Castner, a wealthy international businessman during the eighth season of Dexter . [10]

Personal life

From 1984 until 1987, Sands was married to Sarah Harvey, a British journalist and author. The couple had one son. [11] On 22 September 1990, Sands married Evgenia Citkowitz – an American playwright, author and journalist who is the daughter of Israel Citkowitz and Lady Caroline Blackwood – after being introduced by John Malkovich, a friend of Sands. [12] [13] The couple have two daughters. [14] Sands is fiercely protective of his family and rarely speaks about his wife or children in interviews. [15]

From 2020 until his disappearance, Sands and his family lived in Los Angeles, California. [16]


On 13 January 2023, Sands, a dedicated mountaineer, went missing while hiking in Mount Baldy, California, in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles. [17] [18] As of March 2023, he has not been located, and police were investigating his whereabouts. The investigation was hindered by severe storms that occurred shortly after Sands went missing. His car was located on 18 January. On 19 January, it was reported that his three adult children had joined the ground search for their father, with his son Henry, along with an experienced climber, retracing the route his father is believed to have taken. According to reports, Sands' cell phone was last tracked from a ping on 15 January, with no further pings, suggesting it had run out of power. [19]

Around the time of his disappearance, Sands was believed to be traversing the Baldy Bowl Trail, "which climbs 3,900 feet (1,200 m) over 4.5 miles (7.2 km) to the highest summit in the San Gabriel Mountains". [20] Reports state there was "evidence of avalanches" in the region. [21] A representative of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department confirmed: "The air search is being resumed, but we have not been able to resume a ground search yet due to icy conditions and a threat of avalanches." [22] The Sands family put out a statement on the 11th day after Sands went missing, praising "the heroic search teams" and their efforts "on the ground and in the air to bring Julian home." [23]

One of Sands' brothers, Nick, has been quoted saying: "I have come to terms with the fact he's gone and for me that's how I've dealt with it". [24]



1982 Privates on Parade Sailor
1984 Oxford Blues Colin Gilchrist Fisher
The Killing Fields Jon Swain
1985 After Darkness Laurence Hunningford
The Doctor and the Devils Dr. Murray
A Room with a View George Emerson
1986 Gothic Percy Bysshe Shelley
Harem - the loss of innocenceForest
1987 Siesta Kit
1988 Vibes Dr. Harrison Steele
Wherever You Are...  [ pl ]Julian Castor
1989 Warlock Warlock
Tennessee Nights Wolfgang Leighton
1990 The Sun Also Shines at Night Sergio Giuramondo
Arachnophobia Dr. James Atherton
1991 Impromptu Franz Liszt
The Wicked Gustav
Husband and Lovers Stefan
Naked Lunch Yves Cloquet
1992Tale of a VampireAlex
The Turn of the ScrewMr. Cooper
1993 Warlock: The Armageddon Warlock
Boxing Helena Dr. Nick Cavanaugh
1994 The Browning Version Tom Gilbert
Mario and the Magician Professor Fuhrmann
1995 Leaving Las Vegas Yuri Butso
1997 One Night Stand Charlie's Nurse
1998 The Phantom of the Opera Erik, The Phantom of the Opera
Long Time SinceMichael James
1999 The Loss of Sexual Innocence Adult Nic
2000 Mercy Dr. Dominick Broussard
Timecode Quentin
Vatel Louis XIV
The Million Dollar Hotel Terence Scopey
2001 Hotel Tour Guide
2002 The Scoundrel's Wife Dr. Lenz
2003 The Medallion AJ "Snakehead" Staul
2004 Romasanta Manuel Blanco Romasanta
Curse of the Ring Hagen
2005Her name is CarlaBill
Easy SixPackard Schmidt
2006 La piste Gary
The Haunted Airman Dr. Hal Burns
2007 Ocean's Thirteen Greco Montgomery
2008 Stargate: The Ark of Truth Doci
Cat City Nick Compton
Heidi 4 Paws Peter the GoatherderVoice
2009 Blood and Bone Franklin McVeigh
2010 Golf in the Kingdom Peter McNaughton
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Young Henrik Vanger
2012 Hirokin Viceroy Griffin
Suspension of Disbelief DCI Hackett
2013 All Things to All Men Cutter
The Last Impresario Himself - Interviewee
2014 Cesar Chavez Victore Representative
JettySkylar Nielsen
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks Winslow Cunard
MeSam Citkowitz
2015Extraordinary TalesNarratorVoice
2016The Persian ConnectionEvgeny
2017 Crooked House Philip Leonides
2018 Walk Like a Panther Tony 'Sweet Cheeks' Smith
2019 The Garden of Evening Mists Older Frederik Gemmell
The Painted Bird Garbos
2020 Yeh Ballet Saul Aaron
Death Rider in the House of VampiresCount Holiday
Bobbleheads: The Movie PurrblesVoice, direct-to-video
2021 Benediction Chief Medical Officer
The Survivalist Heath GrantDirect-to-video
The Ghosts of Borley RectoryLionel Foyster
2022The Ghosts of MondayBruce
2023 Seneca – On the Creation of Earthquakes Rufus


1982 Play for Today GroomEpisode: "Soft Targets"
1983A Married ManGuy Lough3 episodes
1984 The Box of Delights Greek SoldierEpisode: "Beware of Yesterday"
1984 The Sun Also Rises GeraldEpisode #1.3
1985 Romance on the Orient Express SandyTelevision film
1985The Holy ExperimentCaptain AragoTelevision film
1986HaremCharles Forest2 episodes
1987BasementsMr. SandsSegment: "The Room"
1989Murder on the MoonKirilenkoTelevision film
1992 Crazy in Love Mark ConstableTelevision film
1994 Witch Hunt Finn MachaTelevision film
1995 End of Summer Reverend Basil MarchTelevision film
1995The Great Elephant EscapeClive PotterTelevision film
1995 Biker Mice from Mars Sir LancelotVoice, episode: "Biker Knights of the Round Table"
1996 Adventures from the Book of Virtues HenryVoice, episode: "Responsibility"
1996The Tomorrow ManKenTelevision film
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest CreedVoice, episode: "Race Against Danger"
1996 Chicago Hope Bradford WhittleEpisode: "Mummy Dearest"
2000–2002 Jackie Chan Adventures ValmontVoice, 26 episodes
2001 Rose Red Nick Hardaway3 episodes
2002 Napoleon Klemens von Metternich 3 episodes
2002 Ozzy and Drix Penicillin GVoice, episode: "Strep-Finger"
2004 Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King HagenTelevision film
2004 The L Word NickEpisode: "Lies, Lies, Lies"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Barclay PallisterEpisode: "Design"
2005 Stargate SG-1 DociEpisodes: "Origin, The Fourth Horseman Part 1"
2005Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore Sir Laurence Olivier Television film
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Paul ReinhardtEpisode: "Dramma Giocoso"
2006 24 Vladimir Bierko 11 episodes
2007 Agatha Christie's Marple Thomas RoydeEpisode: "Towards Zero"
2007 Blood Ties Javier Mendoza2 episodes
2007 Ghost Whisperer Ethan Clark2 episodes
2008 Lipstick Jungle Hector Matrick5 episodes
2009 Bollywood Hero Reg Hunt3 episodes
2009–2010 Smallville Jor-El 2 episodes
2009Beyond Sherwood ForestMalcolmTelevision film
2010 Castle Teddy FarrowEpisode: "Inventing the Girl"
2011 Above Suspicion Damian Nolan2 episodes
2011 NTSF:SD:SUV:: DoctorEpisode: "I Left My Heart in Someone's Cooler"
2012 Person of Interest Alistair WesleyEpisode: "Critical"
2013 Dexter Miles CastnerEpisodes: "Dress Code"
2014 Banshee Priest3 episodes
2014 Crossbones William Jagger8 episodes
2014 The Village Lord Kilmartin2 episodes
2014Unknown HeartRichard MellorTelevision film
2015 Gotham Dr. Gerald Crane2 episodes
2015We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story John Le Mesurier Television film
2017 Man in an Orange Shirt Caspar NicholsonEpisode #1.2
2017 Will Barrett Emerson4 episodes
2018 Medici: Masters of Florence Piero di Cosimo de' Medici 2 episodes
2018 The Blacklist Sutton RossEpisode: "Sutton Ross"
2018 Elementary Jasper WellsEpisode: "The Adventure of the Ersatz Sobekneferu"
2019 What/If Liam Strom4 episodes
2019 Into the Dark StevenEpisode: "A Nasty Piece of Work"

Video games

YearTitleVoice role
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II DeFalco

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