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Missing Julian Sands: British actor identified as hiker lost in California mountains

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British actor Julian Sands has been identified as the hiker who went missing in the California mountains last week.

The 65-year-old actor, known for his role in the 1985 Oscar-nominated film A room with a view, has been missing in the Mount Baldy area since Friday, Jan. 13, according to authorities.

He was reported missing by his wife, writer Evgenia Citkowitz, on Friday night and is believed to be somewhere on the popular Baldy Bowl Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains. Mount Baldy is a 10,000-foot peak located northeast of Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest.

Sands is a passionate hiker and climber who once described his happiest moment as “near a mountain peak on a gloriously cold morning”.

Search and rescue teams were on the mountain looking for Sands, but had to suspend the search because of bad weather and the threat of an avalanche. department spokeswoman Gloria Huerta told CNN.

Drones were used to continue the search, but rescuers are limited with other resources because of the weather.

The Independent understands that Sands’ son Henry has joined the search, accompanied by an experienced climber. Sands shares two daughters, Imogen and Natalya, with his wife Citkowitz. He shares Henry with his ex-wife, journalist and editor Sarah Sands (nee Harvey).

California was hit by a series of violent winter storms that caused flooding and heavy snowfall in the drought-stricken state.

The sheriff’s department says that in the past four weeks it has launched 14 search and rescue missions in the Mount Baldy area alone, with two hikers dying on the mountain.

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“These rescue missions were for lost, stranded and/or injured hikers. Unfortunately, during the past 4 weeks, two hikers did not survive after falling and injuring themselves,” the agency said on Facebook.

“Recent storms that brought snow and ice conditions are not conducive to hikers, even those who feel they have a high level of experience.”

Sands, who lives in North Hollywood with Citkowitz, has appeared in more than 150 movies and television shows during her career.

Born in Yorkshire, England, he moved to California in the 1980s to pursue a career in Hollywood, after the success of the film directed by James Ivory. A room with a view, the 1985 novel adapted from EM Forster’s 1908 novel.

Sands, who had received attention for her breakout performance in the 1984 film The Fields of Death, was cast as lead George Emerson opposite Helena Bonham Carter’s Lucy Honeychurch. The film also starred Maggie Smith, Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench and Simon Callow in supporting roles.


Box office success, A room with a view received critical acclaim upon its release, and was nominated for eight Academy Awards at the 59th Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Sands’ career afterwards A room with a view it’s been eclectic, including horror, indie, romance, and action comedy. He played the lead role opposite Richard E Grant and Lori Singer in supernatural horror Wizard, reprising the role for the sequel Warlock: Armageddon.

He played the composer Franz Liszt in improvised in 1991, with Hugh Grant starring as Frederic Chopin and Judy Davis as George Sand.

More recently, he appeared with James Bond star Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in the Academy Award-nominated English-language version of the girl with the dragon tattoo, in 2011.

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