Johnny Sands, 1950, in The Admiral Was a Lady
|Born||Elbert John Harp, Jr.
April 29, 1928
Lorenzo, Texas, USA
|Died||December 30, 2003
Ainaloa, Hawaii, USA
|Occupation||Actor, Real Estate Agent|
|Years active||1946–1971 as actor, 1971-1991 as Real Estate Agent|
|Spouse(s)||Sue Allen (1947-1947, divorce)
Donella B. Clementini (1962–2003; his death)
Johnny Sands (April 29, 1928 – December 30, 2003) was an American film and television actor. 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.
Discovered by a talent scout on his way to the beach, he chose his professional name for his love of sand and surf.
Sands' screen debut was in Affairs of Geraldine (1946). 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).
Sands eventually left acting and moved to Hawaii, launching a career in real estate.
Sands was married twice, first to Sue Allen in 1947, but it only lasted six months. He had 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
- Wagner, Laura (Fall 2016). "Johnny Sands: Bobby-Soxer Boyfriend". Films of the Golden Age (86): 73–74.
- Lentz, Harris M. III (2004). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2003: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 347. ISBN 9780786417568. Retrieved 12 November 2016.