Simon Oakland

Birthday: Aug 28, 1915
Birthplace: Not Available
A former violinist, character actor Simon Oakland made his Broadway debut in 1948's The Skipper Next to God. Oakland's later stage credits include Light Up the Sky, The Shrike and Inherit the Wind. In films from 1957, Oakland was often cast as an outwardly unpleasant sort with inner reserves of decency and compassion. In I Want to Live (1958) for example, he played a journalist who first shamelessly exploited the murder trial of death-row inmate Susan Hayward, then worked night and day to win her a reprieve. And in Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), he had a memorable curtain speech as a jumpy, jittery, apparently neurotic psychiatrist who turned out to be the only person who fully understood transvestite murderer Anthony Perkins. Conversely, Oakland played his share of out-and-out villains, notably the bigoted Officer Schrank in West Side Story (1961). Far busier on television than in films--he once estimated that he'd appeared in 550 TV productions--Oakland was seen almost exclusively on the small screen after 1973. Within a five-year period, he was a regular on four series: Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Toma, Black Sheep Squadron and David Cassidy, Man Undercover. After a long losing bout with cancer, Simon Oakland died one day after his 63rd birthday.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Kolchak: The Night Stalker Actor 1974
86% The Night Strangler Tony Vincenzo 1973
83% Emperor of the North Pole (Emperor of the North) Policeman 1973
No Score Yet Run, Stranger, Run Roy 1973
86% The Night Stalker Vincenzo 1971
0% The Hunting Party Matthew Gun 1971
No Score Yet Chato's Land Jubal Hooker 1971
No Score Yet Scandalous John Barton 1971
100% On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Dr. Conrad Fuller 1970
97% Bullitt Capt. Bennet 1968
No Score Yet Chubasco Laurindo 1968
50% Tony Rome Rudolph Kosterman 1967
94% The Sand Pebbles Stawski 1966
60% The Satan Bug Tasserly 1965
No Score Yet The Raiders Sgt. Austin Tremaine 1963
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man Joe Bolton 1962
No Score Yet Follow that Dream Nick 1962
93% West Side Story Lt. Schrank 1961
No Score Yet Murder, Inc. Lt. Detective William Flaherty Tobin 1960
96% Psycho Dr. Richmond 1960
No Score Yet Who Was That Lady? Belka 1960
71% The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond Lt. Moody 1960
92% I Want to Live! Ed Montgomery 1958
22% The Brothers Karamazov Mavrayek 1957

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
Bruno Car-Alarm Expert
  • 1982
  • 1979
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Sen. Reeves Keith Zagner Sal Chick Thomas
  • 1982
  • 1978
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Tom Cates
  • 1980
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Vern Beppy Conigliaro Vern St. Cloud
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Donnelly
  • 1976
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Harry Burke
  • 1976
No Score Yet Kolchak: The Night Stalker
1974-1975
Tony Vincenzo
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
ADA Mel Grayson Elton Ferris
  • 1973
  • 1971
  • 1969
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Poole Tabor Barnes/Scott
  • 1969
  • 1967
  • 1963
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Civril
  • 1968
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Jack Wellman
  • 1967
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Cowboy
  • 1965
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
1963-1966
Lt. Murphy
  • 1965
  • 1963
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Sheriff Bolivar Jagger
  • 1965
  • 1963
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Nation Mandee Mills Miguel
  • 1965
  • 1959
  • 1958
  • 1956
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Capt. Beecham DeCruz
  • 1963
  • 1961
  • 1960

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