Stark Bunker Sands|
September 30, 1978
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Spouse(s)||Gemma Clarke (m. 2011)|
Stark Bunker Sands (born September 30, 1978) is an American film, stage and television actor. He is known for his role as Tunny in the original Broadway cast of American Idiot, and originating the role of Charlie Price in Kinky Boots on Broadway. He is a two-time Tony Award nominee. He is also known for the roles of Lance Sussman in Die, Mommie, Die! and Lt. Nathaniel Fick in Generation Kill. He starred as Dash in FOX's series Minority Report.
Early life and education
Sands was born in Dallas, Texas. Stark is his mother's maiden name, and Bunker was his late father's middle name, as well as his maternal great-grandmother's maiden name. He has a fraternal twin brother, Jacob, and an older sister. Sands attended Highland Park High School, and went on to gain his BFA in acting from the University of Southern California (class of 2001).
In 2002, Sands played Toby, a recurring love interest to the angst-ridden teen, Claire Fisher (played by Lauren Ambrose), on the HBO television series Six Feet Under (2001–2005) and co-starred in Me and Daphne (2002), a short film directed by Rebecca Gayheart and produced by Brett Ratner. He has also co-starred in the independent film Pack of Dogs (2002), directed by Ian Kessner.
Sands made his feature-film debut opposite Natasha Lyonne and Jason Priestley in Die, Mommie, Die! (2003), an adaptation of Charles Busch's play of the same name. He also appeared in the film Shall We Dance (2004), with Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez.
Sands also participated in the seven-episode HBO miniseries Generation Kill about the 2003 Iraq invasion, airing during the summer of 2008. In the miniseries he played Marine Lt. Nathaniel Fick. Sands had previously played a U.S. Marine, Walter Gust, in Flags of Our Fathers.
Additional theater credits include the 2009 musical adaptation of Bonnie & Clyde at the La Jolla Playhouse, The Classic Stage Company's production of The Tempest which earned him the Actors' Equity Foundation's St. Clair Bayfield Award, which honors the best performance by an actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area. From June 25 to July 12, 2009, Sands appeared in the Shakespeare in the Park's production of Twelfth Night, featuring Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald and Raul Esparza.
Sands was in the 2010 HBO pilot The Miraculous Year, which was not picked up by HBO. He was part of the main cast of the CBS television series Rookies. The show was picked up for mid-season, under the new name NYC 22, but was canceled after airing 13 episodes due to inadequate ratings.
Sands played one of the lead characters, Charlie Price, in the musical Kinky Boots which opened at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, for a four-week run in October 2012. He reprised his role when the show premiered on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 4, 2013, with previews beginning on March 3, 2013. For his role as Charlie, Sands was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, but lost to his co-star Billy Porter. He played his final performance on January 26, 2014.
In 2014, Sands was cast in the NBC pilot Salvation. This was not picked up to series. Sands was cast in FOX's pilot, Minority Report, as Dash, a precog. The series premiered on September 21, 2015.
Sands and his original co-star Porter returned to the Broadway production of Kinky Boots for a limited 15 week run, starting on September 26, 2017. He also appeared in Steven Spielberg's 2017 drama film The Post.
|2002||Me and Daphne||Brother||Short film|
|2002||Pack of Dogs||David||Short film|
|2003||Die, Mommie, Die!||Lance Sussman|
|2004||Chasing Liberty||Grant Hillman|
|2004||Catch That Kid||Chad|
|2004||Shall We Dance?||Evan Clark|
|2006||Jack Rabbit||David||Short film|
|2006||Flags of our Fathers||Walter Gust|
|2008||Day of the Dead||Bud Crain|
|2008||My Sassy Girl||Soldier|
|2013||Broadway Idiot||Himself||Documentary about the making of American Idiot|
|2013||Inside Llewyn Davis||Troy Nelson||Soundtrack: "The Last Thing On My Mind", "Five Hundred Miles"|
|2017||The Post||Don Graham|
|2002||Six Feet Under||Toby||Recurring; 2 episodes|
|2003||Lost at Home||Will Davis||Main cast; 6 episodes|
|2004–05||Hope & Faith||Henry||Recurring; 3 episodes|
|2006||Family Guy||Justin Hackeysack||Voice; 1 episode|
|2006||Nip/Tuck||Conor McNamara - 2026||Episode: Conor McNamara, 2026|
|2006–07||American Dad!||Tino/Williams/Conservative #1||Voice; 2 episodes|
|2008||Generation Kill||Lt. Nathaniel Fick||Miniseries; 7 episodes|
|2010||The Miraculous Year||Duke Ellis||Unsold pilot|
|2012||NYC 22||Kenny McLaren||Main cast; 13 episodes|
|2015||Minority Report||Dash Parker||Main cast; 10 episodes|
|2007||Journey's End||drama||2nd Lt. Raleigh||Belasco Theatre||New York City, New York||revival|
|2008||A Seagull in the Hamptons||Alex||McCarter Theatre||Princeton, New Jersey|
|2009||Bonnie & Clyde||musical||Clyde Barrow||La Jolla Playhouse||San Diego, California||originated role|
|2009||The Tempest||comedy||Ferdinand||CSC Theatre||New York City, New York|
|2009||Twelfth Night||Sebastian||Delacorte Theatre||New York City, New York|
|2010–11||American Idiot||musical||Tunny||St. James Theatre||New York City, New York|
|2012–14||Kinky Boots||musical||Charlie Price||Bank of America Theatre
Al Hirschfeld Theatre
New York City, New York
|2016||Nathan the Wise||drama||Templar||CSC Theatre||New York City, New York|
|2017–18||Kinky Boots||musical||Charlie Price||Al Hirschfeld Theatre||New York City, New York|
|2007||Tony Award||Best Featured Actor in a Play||Nominated||Journey's End|
|2007||Theatre World Award||Outstanding New York City Stage Debut Performance||Won|
|2009||Bayfield Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Shakespearean Play in the New York Metropolitan Area||Won||The Tempest|
|2010||Broadway.com Audience Award||Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Musical||Nominated||American Idiot|
|2013||Tony Award||Best Actor in a Musical||Nominated||Kinky Boots|
|2013||Grammy Award||Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album||Won|
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- "14 Reasons Why Minority Report Star Stark Sands Is Cooler Than Your Boyfriend". TV Guide. June 2, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- "Stark Sands". Broadway.com. February 22, 2007. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- "Interview with Stark Sands of American Idiot". talkingbroadway.com. April 28, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- "Actor Stark Sands, who grew up in a wealthy Dallas family, portrays Clyde Barrow onstage". dallasnews.com. January 11, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- "From College Classmates to Tony Nominations, Broadway Buddies Stark Sands and Charl Brown Enjoy the Journey". Playbill.com. June 14, 2013. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013.
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- Jones, Kenneth (January 28, 2010). "Broadway's American Idiot Cast Announced; Troupe Will Appear on Grammys Jan. 31". Playbill. Archived from the original on February 6, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
- "Joshua Henry Returns to American Idiot; David Larsen and P.J. Griffith Also Join Cast". Broadway.com. March 15, 2011. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
- Eng, Joyce (July 9, 2010). "Pushing Daisies and Law & Order Alums Join The Miraculous Year". TV Guide. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 18, 2011). "Five Broadcast Pilots Add to Casts". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
- "Stark Sands Joins Coen Bros' Inside Llewyn Davis". Cinemablend.com. February 10, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
- "Broadway World Stark Sands Billy Porter to Lead Broadway-Bound KINKY-BOOTS". BroadwayWorld.com. June 30, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
- "Tony Award Nominee Stark Sands Exits Broadway's Kinky Boots Jan. 26". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 2014-01-28. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
- "Ashley Judd and Stark Sands Among Quintet Cast in NBC Drama Pilot Salvation". Deadline Hollywood. February 25, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- "Stark Sands to Topline in Fox's Minority Report". The Hollywood Reporter. February 26, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- "Fox Fall Premiere Dates: Gotham, Minority Report, and more". IGN. June 26, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- "Tickets Now Available to See F. Murray Abraham & Stark Sands in Nathan the Wise Off-Broadway". Broadway.com. February 18, 2016. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
- "Everybody Say Yeah! Original Kinky Boots Stars Billy Porter & Stark Sands Will Return to Hit Musical". Broadway.com. August 2, 2017. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
- "Everybody Say Yeah! Original KINKY BOOTS Stars Billy Porter and Stark Sands Will Return this Fall". Broadwayworld.com. August 2, 2017. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
- "Wedding Channel". Wedding Channel. Retrieved December 4, 2012.[permanent dead link]
- "Green Day's Soldier Stark Sands". The New York Observer. March 31, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
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