Stark Sands

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Stark Sands
Stark Sands 1.JPG
Sands in 2007
Born Stark Bunker Sands
(1978-09-30) September 30, 1978 (age 36)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002-present
Spouse(s) Gemma Clarke (m. July 9, 2011)[1]
Children 1

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

Early life and education[edit]

Sands was born in Dallas, Texas. He 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]

Year Title Genre Role Company Theatre Location Notes
2007 Journey's End (1928) drama 2nd Lieut. Raleigh Belasco Theatre (Broadway) New York City, New York revival
2008 A Seagull in the Hamptons Alex McCarter Theatre Princeton, New Jersey
2009 Bonnie & Clyde (2009) musical Clyde La Jolla Playhouse San Diego, California
2009 Twelfth Night (circa 1602) comedy Sebastian Shakespeare in the Park Delacorte Theatre New York City, New York
2010–2011 American Idiot (2009) musical Tunny St. James Theatre (Broadway) New York City, New York
2013 Kinky Boots (2012) musical Charlie Price Al Hirschfeld Theatre (Broadway) New York City, New York


List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Result Title
2007 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Play Nominated Journey's End
2007 Theatre World Award Outstanding New York City Stage Debut Performance Won
2009 Bayfield Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Shakespearean Play in the New York Metropolitan Area Won The Tempest
2010 Audience Award Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Musical Nominated American Idiot
2013 Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical Nominated Kinky Boots
2013 Grammy Award Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album Won

Personal life[edit]

On July 9, 2011, Sands married Gemma Clarke.[13]They welcomed a son in May 2015. [14]

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. 
  14. ^ "O&M Co Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 

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