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Julian Sands
Actor

Julian M. Sands (born 4 January 1958) is an English actor, known for his roles in the Best Picture nominee The Killing Fields, the cult film Warlock, A Room with a View, Arachnophobia, Vatel, the television series 24 and as Jor-El in the television series Smallville.

Career

Julian Sands at the 1990 Cannes Film Festiva

Sands began his film career appearing in supporting roles, including parts in the 1984 films Oxford Blues and The Killing Fields. He was cast as the romantic lead in the 1985 film A Room with a View, the success of which prompted Sands to move to Hollywood in 1987 and pursue a career in American films. He has since appeared in a variety of both low-tier and higher-budget films, including the title role in the 1989 horror film Warlock and the 1993 sequel Warlock: The Armageddon, and parts in films such as Arachnophobia, Boxing Helena and Leaving Las Vegas. He has done voice-overs as Valmont in the Jackie Chan Adventures cartoon for Seasons 1 and 2 before being replaced by British actors Andrew Ableson and Greg Ellis for the other seasons. He played Erik aka The Phantom in the horror version of The Phantom of the Opera in 1998.

He also appears in the ninth and tenth season of Stargate SG-1 (2 episodes); and Stargate: the Ark of Truth, playing the Doci of the Ori.

Sands plays a college professor in an episode of The L word (season one).

In 2003, he starred opposite Jackie Chan in the action-comedy film The Medallion

In 2005, Sands played Sir Laurence Olivier in BBC Four's In Praise of Hardcore, a drama about the critic and impresario Kenneth Tynan.

In the 2006 season of the television series 24, Sands plays terrorist Vladimir Bierko. Sands recently played the role of Jor-El, Superman's biological father, on the science fiction TV series, Smallville. He reprised the role in the tenth and final season of the show.

In August 2011 he appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in A Celebration of Harold Pinter, directed by John Malkovich at the Pleasance Courtyard.



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