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Simon Oakland

Lowest Rated:   22% The Brothers Karamazov (1957)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Kolchak: The Night Stalker
  • Actor
1974
86% The Night Strangler
  • Tony Vincenzo
1973
80% 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
No Score Yet 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
60% Tony Rome
  • Rudolph Kosterman
1967
93% The Sand Pebbles
  • Stawski
1966
60% The Satan Bug
  • Tasserly
1965
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man
  • Joe Bolton
1962
No Score Yet Follow that Dream
  • Nick
1962
94% 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
100% I Want to Live!
  • Ed Montgomery
1958
22% The Brothers Karamazov
  • Mavrayek
1957

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Bruno Car-Alarm Expert
  • 1982
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Capt. Beecham DeCruz
  • 1963
  • 1961
  • 1960

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