Actor Julian Sands missing for days after going for a hike on California mountain

LOS ANGELES — Actor Julian Sands has been missing for five days since he went hiking on Southern California’s Mt. Baldy, officials said Wednesday.

Sands, 65, was reported missing in the Baldy Bowl area around 7:30 p.m. Friday, said Mara Rodriguez, a spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Crews began a search for Sands, known for his role in “A Room with a View,” but the effort was paused Saturday evening because of trail conditions and the risk of avalanche, Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said search and rescue crews will continue to scan the area using a helicopter and drones when weather permits and will schedule another ground search when it’s safe to do so.

Actor Julian Sands attends the "Forbidden Fruit" readings from banned works of literature on Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Authorities said Sands, star of several Oscar-nominated films, including “A Room With a View,” has been missing for five days in the Southern California mountains. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, that crews are using helicopters and drones to search for Sands, who was reported missing Friday, Jan. 13, on a trail on Mt. Baldy.
Actor Julian Sands in Beverly Hills, Calif., on May 5, 2013.Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP file

The sheriff’s department recommended people heed warnings and avoid the area, where high winds and ice have made for treacherous conditions.

“The recent storms that brought the snow and ice conditions are not favorable for hikers, even those that feel they have a high level of experience,” the department said in an advisory.

Search and rescue crews have launched 14 rescue missions for lost, stranded and injured hikers on the mountain and in the surrounding area over the last four weeks, the department said, and two hikers have died after having fallen and injured themselves.

Mt. Baldy is in the San Gabriel Mountains, northeast of Los Angeles.

Sands, an English-born actor, starred in the 1985 movie “A Room With a View” and other films, including “Warlock” (1989) and “Arachnophobia” (1990). He has also appeared in numerous other movies and television shows over the decades.