Stark Sands

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Stark Sands
Stark Sands 1.JPG
Sands in 2007
BornStark Bunker Sands
(1978-09-30) September 30, 1978 (age 36)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Years active2002-present
Spouse(s)Gemma Clarke (m. 9 July 2011)[1]
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Stark Sands
Stark Sands 1.JPG
Sands in 2007
BornStark Bunker Sands
(1978-09-30) September 30, 1978 (age 36)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Years active2002-present
Spouse(s)Gemma Clarke (m. 9 July 2011)[1]

Stark Bunker Sands (born 30 September 1978, Dallas, Texas) is an American film, stage and television actor.

Early life and education[edit]

Sands attended the University of Southern California (Class of 2001).[2]


In 2002, Sands played Toby, a recurring love interest to the angst-ridden teen, Claire Fischer (played by Lauren Ambrose), on the HBO television series Six Feet Under (2001–2005) and co-starred in Me and Daphne (2002), a short film directed by Rebecca Gayheart and produced by Brett Ratner. He has also co-starred in the independent film Pack of Dogs (2002), directed by Ian Kessner.

Sands made his feature-film debut opposite Natasha Lyonne and Jason Priestley in Die, Mommie, Die! (2003), an adaptation of Charles Busch's play of the same name. He also appeared in the film Shall We Dance (2004), with Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez.

In 2007, he received a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in the Broadway revival of Journey's End.[3]

From May 2 to June 8, 2008, he performed the role of Alex in A Seagull in the Hamptons at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey.

Sands also participated in the seven-episode HBO miniseries Generation Kill about the 2003 Iraq invasion, airing during the summer of 2008. In the miniseries he played Marine Lt. Nathaniel Fick. Sands had previously played a U.S. Marine, Walter Gust, in Flags of Our Fathers.

Additional theater credits include the 2009 musical adaptation of Bonnie & Clyde at the La Jolla Playhouse, The Classic Stage Company's production of The Tempest which earned him the Actors' Equity Foundation's St. Clair Bayfield Award, which honors the best performance by an actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area. From June 25 to July 12, 2009, Sands appeared in the Shakespeare in the Park's production of Twelfth Night, featuring Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald and Raul Esparza.

Sands played the role of Tunny in the Broadway production of American Idiot, again playing a member of the military.[4] He left the production on March 13, 2011; David Larsen took over the role.[5]

Sands was in the 2010 HBO pilot The Miraculous Year, which was not picked up by HBO.[6] He was part of the main cast of the CBS television series Rookies.[7] The show was picked up for mid-season, under the new name NYC 22, but was canceled after airing 13 episodes due to inadequate ratings.

Sands played the character of Troy Nelson in the film Inside Llewyn Davis.[8]

Sands plays one of the lead characters, Charlie Price, in the musical Kinky Boots which opened at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, for a four-week run in October 2012.[9] He reprised his role when the show premiered on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 4, 2013, with previews beginning on March 3, 2013. For his role as Charlie, Sands was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, but lost to his co-star Billy Porter. He played his final performance on January 26, 2014.[10]

Filmography and television[edit]

Source: [11]


Source: playbillvault[12]

2007Journey's End (1928)drama2nd Lieut. RaleighBelasco Theatre (Broadway)New York City, New Yorkrevival
2008A Seagull in the HamptonsAlexMcCarter TheatrePrinceton, New Jersey
2009Bonnie & Clyde (2009)musicalClydeLa Jolla PlayhouseSan Diego, California
2009Twelfth Night (circa 1602)comedySebastianShakespeare in the ParkDelacorte TheatreNew York City, New York
2010–2011American Idiot (2009)musicalTunnySt. James Theatre (Broadway)New York City, New York
2013Kinky Boots (2012)musicalCharlie PriceAl Hirschfeld Theatre (Broadway)New York City, New York


List of awards and nominations
2007Tony AwardBest Featured Actor in a PlayNominatedJourney's End
2007Theatre World AwardOutstanding New York City Stage Debut PerformanceWonJourney's End
2009Bayfield AwardBest Performance by an Actor in a Shakespearean Play in the New York Metropolitan AreaWonThe Tempest Audience AwardFavorite Featured Actor in a Broadway MusicalNominatedAmerican Idiot
2013Tony AwardBest Actor in a MusicalNominatedKinky Boots
2013Grammy AwardGrammy Award for Best Musical Theater AlbumWonKinky Boots

Personal life[edit]

On July 9, 2011, Sands married Gemma Clarke.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stark Sands and Gemma Clarke Wedding". So July 9, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ Haun, Harry. "From College Classmates to Tony Nominations, Broadway Buddies Stark Sands and Charl Brown Enjoy the Journey", June 14, 2013
  3. ^ Simpson, Robert (June 9, 2007). "Stark Sands Comes to Journey's End's End with No Regrets". Playbill. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth (January 28, 2010). "Broadway's American Idiot Cast Announced; Troupe Will Appear on Grammys Jan. 31". Playbill. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Joshua Henry Returns to American Idiot; David Larsen and P.J. Griffith Also Join Cast". March 15, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ Eng, Joyce (July 9, 2010). "Pushing Daisies and Law & Order Alums Join The Miraculous Year". TV Guide. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 18, 2011). "Five Broadcast Pilots Add to Casts". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Stark Sands Joins Coen Bros' Inside Llewyn Davis". February 10, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Broadway World Stark Sands Billy Porter to Lead Broadway-Bound KINKY-BOOTS". June 30, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Tony Award Nominee Stark Sands Exits Broadway's Kinky Boots Jan. 26". Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  11. ^ Sands Filmography" The New York Times, accessed December 9, 2013
  12. ^ "Stark Sands Broadway", accessed December 9, 2013
  13. ^ "Wedding Channel". Wedding Channel. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 

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