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Julian Sands



Tall, blonde, and statuesque British actor Julian Sands is equally fit appearing in elegant historical dramas as he is in cult movies and horror films. A native of Yorkshire, he has a fine bone structure, striking blonde hair, and an eloquent speaking voice. Sands studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and joined the Forum Theatre Company. He made his film debut in Derek Jarman's Broken English but stayed working in the theater until his breakthrough film performance as photographer Jon Swain in Roland Joffé's The Killing Fields. He paid his dues with some routine U.K. films (Oxford Blues, After Darkness) until he landed the role of free-spirited George Emerson in the Merchant-Ivory production A Room With a View. He entered the realm of sexualized horror films as poet Percy Shelley in Ken Russell's Gothic. This role seemed to lead straightaway to his title role in Warlock, followed by Warlock: The Armageddon. Briefly returning to historical costume dramas to portray composer Franz Liszt in James Lapine's lavish Impromptu, Sands was back to creepy, sexual thrillers like Mary Lambert's Siesta and David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch. He also found time to play a few doctors in the Cyndi Lauper movie Vibes and in Steven Spielberg's Arachnophobia. After playing the sexually submissive surgeon in the critically dismissed drama Boxing Helena, he made a quick recovery in Paul Schrader's made-for-TV detective film Witch Hunt. Back in the U.K., he formed a close working relationship with director Mike Figgis and found roles in The Browning Version, Leaving Las Vegas, One Night Stand, The Loss of Sexual Innocence, Timecode, and Hotel. Meanwhile, he made a few films in Italy, most notably as the Phantom in Dario Argento's The Phantom of the Opera. In 2002, he was cast in the epic miniseries Rose Red and Napoleon. Not one to shy away from middle-brow genres, Sands can be also seen as the bad guy in the Jackie Chan movie The Medallion and as the voice of Valmont on the Jackie Chan Adventures animated series.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story
  • John Le Mesurier
2015
61% Extraordinary Tales
  • Narrator: The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
2015
45% Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks
  • Winslow Cunard
2014
No Score Yet Me
  • Sam Citkowitz
2014
No Score Yet La piste (The Trail)
  • Actor
2014
27% All Things To All Men
  • Cutter
2013
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Young Henrik
2011
No Score Yet Golf In The Kingdom
  • Peter McNaughton
2011
No Score Yet Hirokin
  • Griffin
2011
No Score Yet Beyond Sherwood Forest
  • Malcolm
2010
No Score Yet The Good Life
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Blood and Bone
  • Franklin McVeigh
2009
No Score Yet Bollywood Hero
  • Reg Hunt
2009
No Score Yet Beyond Sherwood
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Stargate: The Ark of Truth
  • Doci
2008
No Score Yet Heidi 4 Paws
  • Peter the Goatherder
2008
No Score Yet Cat City
  • Nick Compton
2008
70% Ocean's Thirteen
  • Greco Montgomery
2007
No Score Yet Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Haunted Airman
  • Dr. Hal Burns
2006
No Score Yet Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King
  • Hagen
2006
No Score Yet Romasanta (Werewolf Hunter - Legend of Romasanta)
  • Manuel Blanco Romasanta
2005
No Score Yet Her Name is Carla
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Easy Sex
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Easy Six
  • Packard Schmidt
2003
18% The Medallion
  • Snakehead
2003
38% Hotel
  • Tour Guide
2003
0% The Doctor and the Devils
  • Dr. Murray
2003
No Score Yet Hotel
  • Actor
2003
20% Long Time Since
  • Michael James
2002
No Score Yet The Scoundrel's Wife (The Home Front)
  • Dr. Lenz
2002
50% Gothic
  • Shelley
2002
No Score Yet Napoleon
  • Klemens Metternich
2002
31% Vatel
  • Louis XIV
2000
68% Timecode
  • Quentin
2000
26% The Million Dollar Hotel
  • Terence Scopey
2000
No Score Yet Love Me
  • Actor
2000
17% Mercy
  • Dr. Broussard
2000
47% The Loss of Sexual Innocence
  • Nic - as Adult
1999
13% Il Fantasma dell'Opera (The Phantom of the Opera)
  • The Phantom
1998
28% One Night Stand
  • Chris, Charlie's Nurse
1997
No Score Yet End of Summer
  • Basil March
1997
90% Leaving Las Vegas
  • Yuri
1995
No Score Yet The Great Elephant Escape
  • Clive Potter
1995
No Score Yet Witch Hunt
  • Finn Macha
1994
82% The Browning Version
  • Tom Gilbert
1994
No Score Yet Mario And The Magician (Mario Und Der Zauberer)
  • Actor
1994
19% Boxing Helena
  • Dr. Nick Cavanaugh
1993
No Score Yet Warlock: The Armageddon
  • Warlock
1993
No Score Yet Crazy In Love
  • Mark Constable
1992
No Score Yet Tale Of A Vampire
  • Alex
1992
No Score Yet Grand Isle
  • Alcee Arobin
1992
No Score Yet Husbands And Lovers (la Villa Del Venerdì)
  • Stefan
1991
71% Naked Lunch
  • Yves Cloquet
1991
No Score Yet Murder by Moonlight
  • Kirilenko
1991
76% Impromptu
  • Franz Liszt
1991
53% Warlock
  • The Warlock
1991
No Score Yet The Turn of the Screw
  • Mr. Cooper
1990
No Score Yet Il Sole Anche di Notte (Night Sun) (The Sun Also Shines at Night)
  • Sergio Giuramondo
1990
91% Arachnophobia
  • Doctor James Atherton
1990
No Score Yet Wicked
  • Gustav
1990
No Score Yet Black Water
  • Leighton
1989
No Score Yet Murder by Moonlight
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Romance on the Orient Express
  • Actor
1989
6% Vibes
  • Dr. Harrison Steele
1988
20% Siesta
  • Kit
1987
No Score Yet Harem
  • Forest
1986
100% A Room With a View
  • George
1985
No Score Yet Romance on the Orient Express
  • Sandy
1985
No Score Yet After Darkness
  • Laurence Huninger
1985
93% The Killing Fields
  • Jon Swain
1984
No Score Yet Oxford Blues
  • Colin Gilchrist Fisher
1984
No Score Yet A Married Man
  • Guy Lough
1984
No Score Yet Privates on Parade
  • Sailor
1982
No Score Yet Psychotic Connections
  • Actor
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
72% Castle
2009-2016
  • Teddy Farrow
No Score Yet Smallville
2001-2011
  • Jor-El
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Philip Reinhardt
92% Person Of Interest
2011
  • Alistair Wesley
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Ethan Clark
89% Wallander
2008-2016
  • Griffin
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
  • Guest
  • Nick
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Barclay Pallister
87% 24
2014
  • Vladimir Bierko
61% Crossbones
2014
  • William Jagger

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