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 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 1946–71
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.[1]

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.[2]


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 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[3]


A partial list of feature film roles:[4]

  • Sabre Jet (1953), Sgt. Cosgrove
  • Aladdin and His Lamp (1952), Aladdin
  • Target Unknown (1951), [Sgt. Frank] Crawford
  • Massacre River (1949, Film), Randy Reid
  • The Fabulous Texan (1947), Bud Clayton


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