Simon Oakland

Biography: 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 almostA 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. Expand

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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd CHiPs: Season 5 Oct 4, 1981 Car-Alarm Expert tbd
tbd The Rockford Files (1974): Season 6 Sep 28, 1979 Beppy Conigliaro / Vern St. Cloud tbd
tbd CHiPs: Season 3 Sep 22, 1979 Bruno tbd
tbd Charlie's Angels (1977): Season 4 Sep 12, 1979 Tom Cates tbd
tbd The Rockford Files (1974): Season 4 Sep 16, 1977 Vern St. Cloud tbd
tbd The Rockford Files (1974): Season 3 Sep 24, 1976 Vern St. Cloud / Vern tbd
tbd Hawaii Five-O (1968): Season 8 Sep 12, 1975 Jose Mendoza tbd
tbd Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1 Sep 13, 1974 Tony Vincenzo / Tony Vincenzo tbd
tbd The Rockford Files (1974): Season 1 Mar 27, 1974 Vern St. Cloud tbd
tbd Ironside: Season 6 Sep 14, 1972 Elton Ferris tbd
tbd Hawaii Five-O (1968): Season 5 Sep 12, 1972 Shako Vidalgo tbd
tbd Ironside: Season 4 Sep 17, 1970 Actor tbd
tbd Ironside: Season 2 Sep 19, 1968 ADA Mel Grayson tbd
tbd Bonanza: Season 10 Sep 15, 1968 Tabor tbd
tbd Bonanza: Season 9 Sep 17, 1967 Barnes/Scott tbd
tbd Mission: Impossible: Season 1 Sep 17, 1966 Jack Wellman tbd
tbd Gunsmoke: Season 11 Sep 18, 1965 Mandee tbd
tbd Rawhide: Season 8 Sep 14, 1965 Sheriff tbd
tbd My Favorite Martian: Season 1 Sep 29, 1963 Lt. Murphy tbd
tbd Rawhide: Season 6 Sep 26, 1963 Bolivar Jagger tbd
tbd The Twilight Zone: Season 4 Jan 3, 1963 Captain Beecham / Capt. Beecham 9.4
tbd The Untouchables: Season 4 Sep 25, 1962 Bogan tbd
tbd Bonanza: Season 4 Sep 23, 1962 Poole tbd
tbd The Untouchables: Season 3 Oct 12, 1961 Kalmiski / Pal tbd
tbd Route 66: Season 2 Sep 22, 1961 Ben Newcombe tbd
tbd The Twilight Zone: Season 2 Sep 30, 1960 DeCruz / DeCruz 9.8
tbd Perry Mason: Season 4 Sep 17, 1960 Caldwell tbd
tbd Perry Mason: Season 3 Oct 3, 1959 Walters tbd
tbd Gunsmoke: Season 5 Sep 5, 1959 Miguel tbd
tbd Gunsmoke: Season 3 Sep 14, 1957 Nation tbd