Sanford Bookstaver married actress Rena Sofer on May 13, 2003. They have a child, Avalon Leone Bookstaver, who was born on August 5, 2005 at 5am in Los Angeles. Avalon weighed at 8 lbs. 14 oz. Sanford is also the stepfather of Rena's child with her first husband, Rosabel Rosalind Kurth.
In 1995, Sanford graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television. Sanford came in to the business directing "Scriptfellas". His recent project was directing an episode of USA's action/thriller "Burn Notice".