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Elbert Harp Jr.
April 29, 1928
Lorenzo, Texas, U.S.
|Died||December 30, 2003 (aged 75)|
Ainaloa, Hawaii, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, real estate agent|
|Years active||1946–1971 as actor, 1971-1991 as real estate agent|
(m. 1947; div. 1947)
Donella B. Clementini
Johnny Sands (born Elbert Harp Jr., 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.
Discovered by a talent scout on his way to the beach, he chose his professional name for his love of sand and surf.
Sands' screen debut was in Affairs of Geraldine (1946). 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).
Sands eventually left acting and moved to Hawaii, launching a career in real estate.
Sands was married twice, first to Sue Allen in 1947, but it lasted only six months. 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.
A partial list of feature film roles:
|1946||The Stranger||Jogging Student in Woods||Uncredited|
|1946||Till the End of Time||Tommy|
|1946||Affairs of Geraldine||Danny|
|1947||Born to Speed||Johnny Randall|
|1947||Blaze of Noon||Keith McDonald|
|1947||The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer||Jerry White|
|1947||The Fabulous Texan||Bud Clayton|
|1949||Adventure in Baltimore||Gene Sheldon|
|1949||Massacre River||Randy Reid|
|1950||The Lawless||Joe Ferguson|
|1950||The Admiral Was a Lady||Eddie Hoff|
|1950||Two Flags West||Lt. Adams|
|1951||Target Unknown||Sgt. Frank Crawford|
|1951||The Basketball Fix||Jed Black|
|1952||Aladdin and His Lamp||Aladdin|
|1953||Jungle Drums of Africa||Bert Hadley||Serial|
|1953||Sabre Jet||Sgt. Cosgrove||(final film role)|
- "Johnny Sands, 76; Actor Began Career in Hollywood as Usher". The Los Angeles Times. January 14, 2004. Archived from the original on March 6, 2020. Retrieved March 6, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Wagner, Laura (Fall 2016). "Johnny Sands: Bobby-Soxer Boyfriend". Films of the Golden Age (86): 73–74.
- Lentz, Harris M. III (2004). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2003: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 347. ISBN 9780786417568. Retrieved 12 November 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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