British actor Julian Sands has been identified as the hiker who went missing in the California mountains last week.
The 65-year-old, 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, January 13, according to authorities.
He was reported missing Friday night by his wife, writer Evgenia Citkowitz, and was thought to be somewhere on the popular Baldy Bowl Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains. Mount Baldy is a 3,000-foot mountain northeast of Los Angeles, in the Angeles National Forest.
Sands is an avid hiker and rock climber who described his happiest moment ever as “close to a mountaintop on a gloriously cold morning”.
Search and rescue crews were on the mountain looking for Sands, but had to abandon the search due to severe weather and avalanche threat. department spokesperson Gloria Huerta told CNN.
Drones have been used to continue the search, but rescuers have limited other resources due to 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 (no Harvey).
California has been hit by a series of violent winter storms that have led to flooding and heavy snowfall in the drought-stricken state.
The sheriff’s department says it has launched 14 search and rescue missions in the Mount Baldy area alone in the past four weeks, killing two hikers on the mountain.
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“These rescue missions were for lost, stranded and/or injured hikers. Unfortunately, in the past 4 weeks, two walkers have not survived after falling and injuring themselves,” the agency said on Facebook.
“The recent storms that have created the snow and ice conditions are not favorable to hikers, even those who think they have a high level of experience.”
Sands, who lives in northern Hollywood with Citkowitz, has appeared in more than 150 films and TV shows during his career.
Born in Yorkshire, England, he moved to California in the 1980s to pursue a Hollywood career, following the success of the James Ivory-directed A room with a view, the 1985 romance adapted from E. M. Forster’s 1908 novel.
Sands, who had garnered attention for his early performance in the 1984 film the killing fields, was cast as lead actor 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.
A blockbuster, A room with a view received critical acclaim upon release and was nominated for eight Oscars at the 59th Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Sands’ career afterwards A room with a view has been eclectic, comprising horror, indie, romance, and action comedy. He played the title role opposite Richard E Grant and Lori Singer in supernatural horror Wizard, reprising the role for sequel Wizard: The Armageddon.
He starred in composer Franz Liszt Unexpected in 1991, starring Hugh Grant as Frederic Chopin and Judy Davis as George Sand.
More recently, he appeared with James Bond star 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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