Hollywood hopes for the safe return of Julian Sands, missing actor at Mount Baldy


Julian Sands attends the 2019 Venice Film Festival in Italy. (Arthur Mola/Invision/The Bharat Express News)

Hollywood figures are hoping and praying for the safe return of their colleague, Julian Sands, a British actor who went missing last week in California’s San Gabriel Mountains.

Producers, actors, screenwriters, directors and fans have taken to Twitter to express concern about Sands, 65, who was reported missing in the Mt. Baldy, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Search and rescue teams have searched for Sands in the mountains using ground crews, drones and helicopters. The ground investigation was halted on Saturday evening due to avalanche danger and dangerous trail conditions.

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There were no updates on the search and rescue mission on Thursday morning.

“I’ve been aware since Friday that my friend Julian Sands is missing from Mt Baldy,” tweeted Cassian Elwes, film producer and brother of actor Cary Elwes. “I am devastated. A very good friend of the family who was an adventurer in everything he did. I prayed a lot.”

#JulianSands is a wonderful husband, husband, father and friend to so many,” said actor Matthew Modine tweeted. “A gentle, kind soul. Let candles burn for his safe return from the mountain he loves.”

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Born in the UK and recently living in North Hollywood, Sands is known for his work in such films as “A Room With a View” (1985), “Naked Lunch” (1991), “Boxing Helena” (1993), ” Snakehead” (2003) and “Warlock” (1989).

Throughout his decades-long career, Sands has lent his talents to more than a hundred films, video games, shorts, and TV series. He made his professional acting debut in a 1982 episode of ‘Play for Today’ before landing minor roles in a number of 1980s movies, eventually making his breakthrough role as George Emerson in the James Ivory romance, ‘A Room With a View ‘.

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His most notable small screen credits include “24,” “The Blacklist,” “Banshee,” “Dexter,” “The L Word,” “Jackie Chan Adventures,” and “Gotham.”

“I pray they find Julian Sands,” said “Final Destination” writer Jeffrey Reddick in a tweet.

“Please, please, let Julian Sands be okay,” tweeted actor Samuel West. “A friend and an inspiration. Terrible news.”

Times staff writer Alexandra Del Rosario contributed to this report.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.


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