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Julian Sands

Julian Sands at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
Born 4 January 1958 (1958-01-04) (age 52)
Otley, Yorkshire, England

Julian R. Sands (born 4 January 1958) is an English actor, known for his roles in the Best Picture nominee The Killing Fields, the cult film Warlock, and the television series 24.


Life and work

Sands was born in Otley, West Yorkshire.[1] One of five siblings, he studied at Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire where his brother Quentin Sands also studied and taught drama from 2002-2004. He then went on to the Forum Theatre Company and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where he met his first wife.

Sands began his film career appearing in supporting roles, including parts in the 1984 films Oxford Blues and The Killing Fields. He was cast as the romantic lead in the 1985 film A Room with a View, the success of which prompted Sands to move to Hollywood in 1987 and pursue an American film career. He has since appeared in a variety of both low-tier and higher-budget films, including: the title role in the 1989 horror film Warlock, and parts in films such as Arachnophobia, Boxing Helena and Leaving Las Vegas. He has done voice-overs as Valmont in the Jackie Chan Adventures cartoon for Season 1 before being replaced by British actors Andrew Ableson and Greg Ellis for the other seasons. He also appears in the ninth season of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate: the Ark of Truth, playing the Doci of the Ori. In the 2006 season of the television series 24, Sands plays terrorist Vladimir Bierko.

Sands has been married twice: to journalist Sarah Harvey (whom he divorced in 1987), and in 1990 to writer Evgenia Citkowitz, with whom he lives in Los Angeles. He has a son from his first marriage, Henry (born in 1985), and two young daughters from his second marriage. Sands has several projects currently in the works, including the thrillers Lady Killer and Quantum Heist, both which have release dates of 2009.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Oxford Blues Colin Gilchrist Fisher
The Killing Fields Jon Swain
1986 A Room with a View George Emerson
1987 Siesta Kit
Gothic Percy Bysshe Shelley
1988 Vibes Dr. Harrison Steele
1989 Warlock Warlock
1990 Arachnophobia Doctor James Atherton
The Sun Also Shines at Night Sergio Giuramondo
1991 Naked Lunch Yves Cloquet
Impromptu Franz Liszt
1992 Tale of a Vampire Alex
1993 Boxing Helena Doctor Nick Cavanaugh
Warlock: The Armageddon Warlock
1994 The Turn of the Screw Mr. Cooper Brief cameo
1995 Leaving Las Vegas Yuri
1998 The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom
1999 The Loss of Sexual Innocence Nic
2000 Timecode Quentin, the Masseur
2002 Napoléon Klemens von Metternich
Rose Red Nick Hardaway
2003 The Medallion Snakehead
2004 Werewolf Hunter: The Legend Of Romasanta Manuel Romasanta
Ring of the Nibelungs Hagen
2005 Stargate SG-1 Doci
Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore Sir Laurence Olivier
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Barclay Pallister
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Philip Reinhardt
24 Vladimir Bierko 11 episodes
2007 Blood Ties Javier Mendoza
Ghost Whisperer Ethan Clark
Ocean's Thirteen Greco Montgomery
2008 Lipstick Jungle Hector Matrick
Stargate: The Ark of Truth Doci Direct to DVD movie
Cat City Nick Compton
2009 Blood and Bone Franklin McVeigh
Castle Teddy Farrow
Smallville Jor-El[3]
Assisting Venus Dominic (post-production)
Robin Hood: Beyond Sherwood Malcolm (post-production)
Quantum Heist Turner (pre-production)
Lady Killer William (in production)
2010 Golf in the Kingdom Peter McNaughton (post-production)


  1. ^ "Julian Sands: Biography". TV Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
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  3. ^ Natalie Abrams (11 September 2009). "Julian Sands Cast As Smallville's Jor-El". Retrieved 2009-09-14. 

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