Johnny Sands

Johnny Sands

Johnny Sands (Wikipedia)

Johnny Sands was born in 1928 and 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.

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

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 TempleCary Grant and Myrna Loy, as Shirley Temple’s boyfriend, Jerry White;[ as well as the title character in Aladdin and His Lamp (1952).

He also appeared in The Stranger (1946), with Orson WellesLoretta Young, and Edward G. Robinson; and, Till the End of Time (1946), with Guy MadisonRobert 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.

Sands was married twice, first to Sue Allen in 1947, but it only lasted 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.

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

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