Johnny Sands

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Johnny Sands
Johnny Sands, (1950, The Admiral Was A Lady).jpg
Johnny Sands, 1950, in The Admiral Was a Lady
Born Elbert John Harp, Jr.
(1928-04-29)April 29, 1928
Lorenzo, Texas, USA
Died December 30, 2003(2003-12-30) (aged 75)
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.[1]

Early years[edit]

He was born Elbert John Harp, Jr. in Lorenzo, Texas.[2][3] When he was 13, he went to Hollywood to work as an usher in a theater.[4]


Discovered by a talent scout on his way to the beach, he chose his professional name for his love of sand and surf.[2]

Sands' screen debut was in Affairs of Geraldine (1946).[4] 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;[2] as well as the title character in Aladdin and His Lamp (1952).

He also appeared in The Stranger (1946), with Orson Welles, Loretta Young, and Edward G. Robinson; and, Till the End of Time (1946), with Guy Madison, Robert Mitchum and Dorothy McGuire.

A popular actor who worked in over a dozen films, as well as television shows such as Perry Mason, with Raymond Burr, he continued to receive fan mail for the rest of his life.

Sands eventually left acting and moved to Hawaii, launching a career in real estate.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Sands was married twice, first to Sue Allen in 1947, but it only lasted six months.[2] 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.[5]


Sands died on December 30, 2003, at his home in Ainaloa, Hawaii.[4]


A partial list of feature film roles:[6]


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