Julian Sands

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Julian Sands

Sands in June 2011.
BornJulian Richard Morley Sands[citation needed]
(1958-01-04) 4 January 1958 (age 55)
Otley, Yorkshire, England
OccupationActor
Years active1982–present
 
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Julian Sands

Sands in June 2011.
BornJulian Richard Morley Sands[citation needed]
(1958-01-04) 4 January 1958 (age 55)
Otley, Yorkshire, England
OccupationActor
Years active1982–present

Julian Richard Morley Sands[1] (born 4 January 1958) is an English actor known for his roles in such films as The Killing Fields (a Best Picture nominee), A Room with a View, Warlock (a cult film), Arachnophobia, and Vatel--and for his roles in television series, such as Vladimir Bierko in 24, and Jor-El in Smallville.

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Career

Julian Sands at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.

Sands began his film career appearing in supporting roles in films, including Oxford Blues (1984) and The Killing Fields (1984). He was cast as the romantic lead in the 1985 film, A Room with a View.

In 1985, after the success of A Room with a View, 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), 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). And he played Sir Laurence Olivier in BBC Four's In Praise of Hardcore (2005), a drama about the critic and impresario Kenneth Tynan.[2]

In television work, he was the voice of 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 movie, Stargate: the Ark of Truth). He played a college professor in an episode of The L word (season one). In 2001, he starred in Stephen King's television production of Rose Red. In the 2006 season of the television series 24, Sands played the role of a terrorist named Vladimir Bierko. He also played the role of Jor-El, Superman's biological father, in the science-fiction TV series, Smallville, and reprised the role in the series' final (tenth) season.

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.[3][4] That year he also appeared in the mystery thriller film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Personal life

Sands was born in Otley, West Riding of Yorkshire, a son of William Sands. He has four brothers, one of whom (Quentin Sands) was chosen by She magazine as "Britain's Sexiest Man" in 1988. [5] .

He was educated at Lord Wandsworth College, Long Sutton, Hampshire.

His first marriage was to Sarah Harvey, a journalist. They have one child, Henry Morley Sands (born 1985). They divorced in 1987.[1]

In 1990, he married Evgenia Citkowitz, (born 1964), a journalist and daughter of the Irish writer Lady Caroline Blackwood and the American composer and pianist Israel Citkowitz. They have two daughters, Natalya Morley Sands (b. 16 August 1996), and Imogen Morley Sands (b. 31 December 1999).

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