Johnny Sands, 1950, in The Admiral Was a Lady
|Born||Elbert Harp, Jr.
April 29, 1928
Lorenzo, Texas, USA
|Died||December 30, 2003
Ainaloa, Hawaii, USA
|Occupation||Actor, Real Estate Agent|
|Spouse(s)||Donella B. Clementini (1962–2003; his death)|
Johnny Sands (April 29, 1928 – December 30, 2003) was an American film and television actor. He was born in Lorenzo, Texas, and died in Ainaloa, Hawaii, where he had retired. He was given the name Elbert Harp, Jr., when he was born.
He worked in over a dozen films, and on television, before he retired from show business in 1971. He then worked as a real estate agent in Hawaii, until retiring in 1991.
After performing in some school plays, he left home for Hollywood, at the age of 13, and got a job as a movie theatre usher. Discovered by a talent scout on his way to the beach, he chose his professional name for his love of sand and surf.
He is perhaps best remembered for his role in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947), with Shirley Temple, Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, as Shirley Temple's boyfriend, Jerry White; as well as the title character in Aladdin and His Lamp (1952).
He was married twice, having two children, Michael and Marco, with Donella B. Clementini, (m. September 12, 1962 – December 30, 2003, until his death); and a daughter, Catherine Browning, from a previous marriage.
A partial list of feature film roles:
- Sabre Jet (1953), Sgt. Cosgrove
- Aladdin and His Lamp (1952), Aladdin
- The Basketball Fix (1951), Jed Black
- Target Unknown (1951), [Sgt. Frank] Crawford
- The Admiral Was a Lady (1950), Eddie
- The Lawless (1950), Joe Ferguson
- Two Flags West (1950), Lt. Adams
- Massacre River (1949, Film), Randy Reid
- Adventure in Baltimore (1949), Gene Sheldon
- The Fabulous Texan (1947), Bud Clayton
- The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947), Jerry White
- The Stranger (1946), Unnamed student