British actor Julian Sands has been identified as the hiker who went missing in the mountains of California last week.
65, best known for his role in the Oscar-nominated 1985 film A room with a view, According to officials, since Friday, January 13, is missing in the Mount Baldi area.
His wife, writer Evgenia Sitkowitz, reported him missing Friday evening and was believed to be somewhere on the popular Baldy Bowl Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains. Mount Baldy is a 10,000-foot peak located in the Angeles National Forest, northeast of Los Angeles.
Sands is a keen climber and mountain-climber, who once described his happiest moment as “close to a mountain summit on a gloriously cold morning”.
Search and rescue teams were looking for sand on the mountain, but the search had to be suspended due to bad weather and the threat of an avalanche. Department spokeswoman Gloria Huerta told CNN,
Drones have been used to continue the search but the weather has limited rescuers with other resources.
Independent Understands that Sands’ son Henry, an experienced climber, has joined the search. Sands has two daughters, Imogen and Natalya, with his wife Sitkowitz. He shares Henry with his ex-wife, journalist and editor Sarah Sands (aka Harvey).
California has been hit by a series of violent winter storms, causing flooding and major snowfall in the drought-stricken state.
The sheriff’s department says that over the past four weeks, it has launched 14 search and rescue missions in the Mount Baldy area alone, killing two hikers on the mountain.
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“These rescue missions are for lost, stranded and/or injured hikers. Unfortunately, during these past 4 weeks, two climbers did not survive after falling and injuring themselves,” the agency said on Facebook.
“The recent storms that have 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 Sitkowitz, has appeared in more than 150 films and television shows during his career.
Born in Yorkshire, England, he moved to California in the early eighties to pursue a Hollywood career following the success of the James Ivory-directed film. A room with a view, The 1985 romance adapted from the 1908 novel by EM Forster.
Sands, who gained attention for her early performance in the 1984 film The Killing Fields, Helena Bonham Carter’s Lucy was cast opposite Honeychurch as Chief George Emerson. The film also starred Maggie Smith, Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench and Simon Callow in supporting roles.
a box-office success, A room with a view It received critical acclaim upon its release and was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, at the 59th Academy Awards.
After Sands’ career A room with a view Has been an eclectic one including horror, indie, romance and action-comedy. He played the title role alongside Richard E Grant and Lori Singer in the supernatural horror enchanting, reprise the role for the sequel Warlock: The Armageddon.
He played the composer Franz Liszt without thinking ahead In 1991, Hugh Grant starred as Frédéric Chopin and Judy Davis as George Sand.
Most recently, he appeared alongside James Bond stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in the Oscar-nominated English-language version of the girl with the Dragon Tattoo, in 2011.
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