Julian Sands ‘knows Mount Baldy inside out’ as phone pings reveal new details – live

Julian Sands: Who is the British Hollywood actor missing in California?

Missing actor Julian Sands is “always prepared” and knows the mountain where he was last found “upside down”, said another actor.

Irish star Kevin Ryan described Sands, who disappeared in a mountainous region of Southern California, as a “powerful hiker”, adding: “If anyone can pull it off, they can.”

Sands, 65, was reported missing a week ago. It was thought to be somewhere on the popular Baldy Bowl Trail, which climbs 3,900 feet in 4.5 miles to the highest peak of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Police revealed Friday that Sands, best known for films such as A room with a view and Arachnophobia, seemed to be in motion two days later.

His cell phone data showed Sands “heading towards the Mount Baldy area.” Pings attempted since then have failed, police said, likely due to the actor’s phone running out of battery.

It comes after The Independent revealed footage sent from Sands to his grandson Billy in September, which shows the father-of-three mountaineering.

Search and rescue teams searching for Sands were initially forced to suspend the search over the weekend due to an avalanche threat. Snow and fog continued to hamper searches these days.

The Independent understands that Sands’ son Henry has joined the search, retracing the route his father took, with the help of an experienced climber.


Julian Sands: Who is the British Hollywood actor missing in California?

Tom MurrayJanuary 20, 2023 6:32 p.m.


Stranger Things star prays for Sands’ safe return

Among the many celebrities who want Sands safe are stranger things star Matthew Modine.

The Dr Brenner actor tweeted: “#JulianSands is a wonderful man, husband, father and friend to so many. A gentle, caring soul. Keep the candles lit for his safe return from the mountain qu ‘he likes.

Tom MurrayJanuary 20, 2023 5:55 p.m.


Why have so many hikers recently disappeared in the California mountains?

Julian Sands disappeared last week, beginning the 14th rescue mission to be carried out on Mount Baldy in January alone.

Increasingly cold temperatures and a series of superstorms, with conditions including thick windblown ice patches, avalanche hazards and heavy snowfall, have prevented police from carrying out field rescue operations.

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Isobel LewisJanuary 20, 2023 4:30 p.m.


Actor who hiked Mount Baldy with Sands says arachnophobia star knows the mountain ‘upside down’

Irish actor Kevin Ryan tweeted his own message of hope for Sands’ safe recovery, explaining that he frequently walks with the actor in Los Angeles.

“Julian, please be okay!” Ryan wrote. “I hiked with Julian in Los Angeles and he introduced me to #mtbaldy. He’s a strong and always ready hiker. If anyone can pull it off, they can. I know that he knows this mountain upside down.

Isobel LewisJanuary 20, 2023 3:10 p.m.


We’ve compiled a timeline of Julian Sands’ disappearance, compiling all updates so far from the past week.

Jacob StolworthyJanuary 20, 2023 2:02 p.m.


Police say two hikers have died in the past four weeks attempting to climb the trail on and around Mount Baldy.

“The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department asks everyone to follow these simple tips to keep you and others safe,” they wrote.

• Heed all posted warning signs

• View weather conditions (current and forecast) for the area

• Make sure you have the right equipment, train and be well prepared for alpine conditions (crampons, ice axe, appropriate clothing)

• Bring a tracking or GPS device such as a SPOT device or an INREACH device

• Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and bring an extra charged power bank for it

• Let someone know where and when you’re leaving, and what time you’ll be back

• Most important – If you don’t know, don’t go!

Read the full Facebook post here.

Jacob StolworthyJanuary 20, 2023 1:30 p.m.


The other actors and friends of Julian Sands – including Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle), Barbara Crampton (From beyond), Frances Fisher (Titanic) and Elizabeth Perkins (About last night) shared messages of concern for the actor on social media.

Jacob StolworthyJanuary 20, 2023 12:50 p.m.


Exclusive image: Last known Sands mountaineering images shared with The Independent

Sands’ family shared the last known footage of him mountaineering exclusively with The Independent.

A family member said The Independent: “This is how he would like to be seen, doing what he loved the most – a heroic mountaineer, and delighted to send a photo of him so happy to share it with his beloved grandson, Billy.”

And a friend described him as “a Byronesque romantic and adventurer drawn to the extremes of nature, savoring the freedom of the mountains”.

Sands was climbing a 14,783ft section of the Weisshorn when the colored photos were taken.

Jacob StolworthyJanuary 20, 2023 12:30 p.m.


Frank MarshallProducer

British film producer Cassian Elwes has shared his best wishes for Julian Sands.

He wrote: “I know since last Friday that my friend Julian Sands disappeared on mt baldy. I am devastated. A very close family friend who was an adventurer in everything he did. I said many prayers.

Meanwhile, producer Frank Marshall said his “thoughts” are “with the family of” Sands, whom he called “a dear friend and a wonderful actor”.

Jacob StolworthyJanuary 20, 2023 12:10 p.m.


‘No deadline’ to cancel search for Julian Sands – authorities

Authorities say there is still “no deadline” to call off the search for Julian Sands, a week after the British actor was first reported missing in the mountains of southern California.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said the incident is still classified as a search and rescue operation, though snow, sleet and fog continue to hamper operations on foot.

Jacob StolworthyJanuary 20, 2023 11:50 am

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