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Johnny Sands

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Johnny Sands
Sands in The Admiral Was a Lady, 1950
Elbert Harp Jr.

(1928-04-29)April 29, 1928
DiedDecember 30, 2003(2003-12-30) (aged 75)
OccupationActor, real estate agent
Years active1946–1971 as actor, 1971-1991 as real estate agent
Sue Allen
(m. 1947; div. 1947)

Donella B. Clementini
(m. 1962)

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.[1]

Early years

Sands was born in Lorenzo, Texas.[2][1] When he was 13, he went to Hollywood to work as an usher in a theater.[3]


Discovered by a talent scout on his way to the beach, he chose his professional name for his love of sand and surf.[2]

Sands' screen debut was in Affairs of Geraldine (1946).[3] 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;[2] 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.

Sands eventually left acting and moved to Hawaii, launching a career in real estate.[3]

Personal life

Sands was married twice, first to Sue Allen in 1947, but it lasted only six months.[2] 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.[citation needed]


Sands died on December 30, 2003, at his home in Ainaloa, Hawaii.[3]


A partial list of feature film roles:

Year Title Role Notes
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)


  1. ^ a b "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)
  2. ^ a b c d Wagner, Laura (Fall 2016). "Johnny Sands: Bobby-Soxer Boyfriend". Films of the Golden Age (86): 73–74.
  3. ^ a b c d 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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