57 Mysterious Celebrity Disappearances That Can't Be Explained

By Jack Ripley | March 8, 2024

Julian Sands

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(Entertainment Weekly)

You might recognize Julian Sands from successful films such as A Room with a View, Gothic, and The Killing Fields. He has continued his impressive film and television career even in his later years, but unfortunately made headlines in early 2023 for different reasons. On the evening of January 23, 2023, the British actor was reported missing by his wife when he didn't return from his planned hike on Mount Baldy in Southern California. Over the past few months, diligent search efforts have been performed by foot, helicopter, and drone, but with no success. The spring weather brought many storms to the Mount Baldy area, adding even more hurdles for search and rescue teams. Henry Sands gave this statement about the hunt for his father, which remains ongoing at the time this article was written:
 

"There is nothing really further to say at this point other than to reinforce my deepest gratitude for the love and support my family and I have received. I look forward to the search resuming as soon as the weather improves and the ground conditions are safe and feasible to do so."

Andy Kaufman

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(The Hollywood Reporter)

This one's a little different. Andy Kaufman, renowned comedian, died in 1984 at age 35. The cause of death was lung cancer, and his official death certificate confirming his death and burial was released. Yet many of those closest to him refused to believe he was dead. Kaufman was known for his pranks, and many family and friends - notably his brother - insisted that his death was just one of them, and that Andy was simply in hiding.

Kaufman had apparently talked about elaborately faking his death for years beforehand, so they assumed it was finally happening. In 2014, Bob Zmuda, Andy's long-time friend, and Lynn Marguiles, released a book titled Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally, which asserted that his death was a hoax, and that he would be coming out of hiding imminently as Kaufman had claimed that the time limit on the prank was 30 years. He still has not reappeared.