Sands in June 2011.
Julian Richard Morley Sands
4 January 1958
Julian Richard Morley Sands (born 4 January 1958) is an English actor known for his roles in films such as The Killing Fields, A Room with a View, Warlock, Arachnophobia, Boxing Helena and Vatel. On television, he is known for playing Vladimir Bierko in 24, Jor-El in Smallville, and as Yulish Rabitov in Banshee.
Julian Sands began his film career appearing in supporting roles in films, including Oxford Blues (1984) and The Killing Fields (1984). He also had a cameo as a Greek soldier in the BBC adaptation of The Box of Delights in 1984. He was cast as the romantic lead in the 1985 film A Room with a View. In 1985, following the success of A Room with a View and Ken Russell's Gothic (1986) Sands decided to move to Hollywood and pursue a career in American films. He appeared in several of them—both lower-tier and higher-budget.
He played the title role in the horror film Warlock (1989) and its sequel, Warlock: The Armageddon (1993), the role of Franz Liszt in Impromptu (1991), the role of Yves Cloquet in Naked Lunch (1991), and prominent roles in Arachnophobia (1990), Boxing Helena (1993) and Leaving Las Vegas (1995). He played "Erik, aka the Phantom" in the 1998 horror-film version of The Phantom of the Opera. He starred opposite Jackie Chan in the action-comedy film The Medallion (2003). And he played Lord Olivier in BBC Four's In Praise of Hardcore (2005), a drama about the critic and impresario Kenneth Tynan.
In television work, he was the voice of Valmont in the Jackie Chan Adventures cartoon (Seasons 1 and 2) (succeeded by the British actors Andrew Ableson and Greg Ellis in the remaining seasons). He played the Doci of the Ori in two episodes of Stargate SG-1—in its ninth and tenth seasons (a role he reprised in the film, Stargate: the Ark of Truth). He played a college professor in a Season One episode of The L Word. In 2001, he starred in Stephen King's Rose Red. Sands portrayed Austrian ambassador Klemens von Metternich in the 2002 miniseries Napoléon. In the 2006 season of 24, he played terrorist Vladimir Bierko.
Sands played Jor-El, Superman's biological father on Smallville, and reprised the role in the series' final (tenth) season. In 2009, he played Reg Hunt in Bollywood Hero. In 2012, he played Alistair Wesley in the seventh episode of the second season of Person of Interest.
In August 2011, he appeared onstage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in A Celebration of Harold Pinter, directed by John Malkovich at the Pleasance Courtyard. His performance in A Celebration of Harold Pinter was well-received; one theatre, the Irish Repertory Theatre, added an extra three weeks to the show's run.
In 2011, Sands appeared in the mystery thriller film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, an English-language remake of the original version, as the younger version of Henrik Vanger. In 2012, Sands voiced the character of DeFalco in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. On 26 April 2013, it was announced that Sands would appear as Miles Castner, a wealthy international businessman during the eighth season of Dexter.
Sands was born the third of five boys in Otley, Yorkshire, to mother Brenda, who raised the boys alone after her divorce. Julian was educated at Lord Wandsworth College, Long Sutton, Hampshire. His youngest brother, Quentin was selected by She magazine as "Britain's Sexiest Man" of 1998.
Sands' first marriage was to Sarah Harvey, a British journalist. They have one child, Henry Morley Sands (born 20 September 1985); the couple divorced in 1987. In 1990, he wed Evgenia Citkowitz (born 1964), a journalist and the daughter of the Anglo-Irish novelist and socialite Lady Caroline Blackwood and American composer-pianist Israel Citkowitz. Sands and Citkowitz have two daughters Natalya (14 August 1996) and Imogen (31 December 1999).
|1982||Privates on Parade||Sailor|
|1984||Oxford Blues||Colin Gilchrist Fisher|
|The Killing Fields||Jon Swain|
|1985||After Darkness||Laurence Hunningford|
|The Doctor and the Devils||Dr. Murray|
|A Room with a View||George Emerson|
|1986||Gothic||Percy Bysshe Shelley|
|Harem - the loss of innocence||Forest|
|1988||Vibes||Dr. Harrison Steele|
|Wherever You Are...||Julian Castor|
|Murder on the Moon||Kirilenko|
|Tennessee Nights||Wolfgang Leighton|
|1990||The Sun Also Shines at Night||Sergio Giuramondo|
|Arachnophobia||Dr. James Atherton|
|Husband and Lovers||Stefan|
|Naked Lunch||Yves Cloquet|
|1992||Tale of a Vampire||Alex|
|The Turn of the Screw||Mr. Cooper|
|Crazy in Love||Mark Constable|
|1993||Warlock: The Armageddon||Warlock|
|Boxing Helena||Dr. Nick Cavanaugh|
|1994||The Browning Version||Tom Gilbert|
|Mario and the Magician||Professor Fuhrmann|
|Witch Hunt||Finn Macha|
|1995||Leaving Las Vegas||Yuri Butso|
|The Great Elephant Escape||Clive Potter|
|1996||The Tomorrow Man||Ken|
|1997||One Night Stand||Charlie's Nurse|
|End of Summer||Reverend Basil March|
|1998||The Phantom of the Opera||Erik, The Phantom of the Opera|
|Long Time Since||Michael James|
|1999||The Loss of Sexual Innocence||Adult Nic|
|2000||Mercy||Dr. Dominick Broussard|
|The Million Dollar Hotel||Terence Scopey|
|2002||The Scoundrel's Wife||Dr. Lenz|
|2004||Romasanta||Manuel Blanco Romasanta|
|Curse of the Ring||Hagen|
|2005||Her name is Carla||Bill|
|Easy Six||Packard Schmidt|
|The Haunted Airman||Dr. Hal Burns|
|2007||Ocean's Thirteen||Greco Montgomery|
|2008||Stargate: The Ark of Truth||Doci|
|Cat City||Nick Compton|
|Heidi 4 Paws||Peter The Goatherder (voice)|
|2009||Blood and Bone||Franklin McVeigh|
|2010||Golf in the Kingdom||Peter McNaughton|
|2011||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||Young Henrik Vanger|
|Suspension of Disbelief||DCI Hackett|
|2013||All Things to All Men||Cutter|
|The Last Impresario||Himself - Interviewee|
|2014||Cesar Chavez||Victore Representative|
|Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks||Winslow Cunard|
|2017||Crooked House||Philip Leonides|
|2018||Walk Like a Panther||Tony 'Sweet Cheeks' Smith|
|2019||The Garden of Evening Mists||Older Frederik Gemmell|
|The Painted Bird||Garbos|
|2020||Yeh Ballet||Saul Aaron|
|Death Rider in the House of Vampires||Count Holiday|
|Bobbleheads: The Movie||Purrbles (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1984||The Box of Delights||Greek Soldier||Episode: Beware of Yesterday|
|1986||Harem||Charles Forest||Episodes 1 and 2|
|2000–2002||Jackie Chan Adventures||Valmont||26 episodes, voice|
|2001||Rose Red||Nick Hardaway||TV mini-series, 3 episodes|
|2002||Napoleon||Klemens von Metternich||TV mini-series|
|2002||Ozzy and Drix||Penicillin G||Episode: Strep-Finger, voice|
|2004||Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King||Hagen||TV|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Barclay Pallister||Episode: Design|
|2005||Stargate SG-1||Doci||Episodes: Origin, The Fourth Horseman Part 1|
|2006||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Paul Reinhardt||Episode: Dramma Giocoso|
|2006||24||Vladimir Bierko||TV - recurring, 11 episodes|
|2007||Agatha Christie's Marple||Thomas Royde||Episode: Towards Zero|
|2007||Blood Ties||Javier Mendoza||Season 1 Episodes 8 & 12|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Ethan Clark||2 episodes|
|2009–2010||Smallville||Jor-El||Episodes: Kandor, Abandoned|
|2009||Beyond Sherwood Forest||Malcolm||TV movie|
|2010||Castle||Teddy Farrow||Episode: Inventing the Girl|
|2012||Person of Interest||Alistair Wesley||Episode: Critical|
|2013||Dexter||Miles Castner||TV - recurring|
|Crossbones||William Jagger||TV - recurring, 8 episodes|
|2015||Gotham||Dr. Gerald Crane / Todd||2 episodes|
|We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story||John Le Mesurier|
|2018||Medici: Masters of Florence||Piero di Cosimo de' Medici|
|The Blacklist||Sutton Ross||Season 5, Episode 22: Sutton Ross|
|Elementary||Jasper Wells||Season 6, Episode 10: The Adventure of the Ersatz Sobekneferu|
|2019||A Nasty Piece of Work||Steven||Episode: A Nasty Piece of Work|
|2012||Call of Duty: Black Ops II||DeFalco|
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- BBC Four profile, BBC. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
- Bollywood Hero, Boston Herald. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
- Brown, Jonathan (10 June 2011). "Malkovich and Pinter: an unlikely alliance". The Independent. London. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 January 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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- Day, Julia (8 March 2006). "Sinking Sands". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved 3 December 2018.