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Simon Oakland ACTOR


Simon Oakland was born on August 28th, 1915 in New York City, New York.  He is known as one of the film era's most memorable 'tough guy' characters.  He attended Tilden High School and later Columbia University.  He began getting involved in the entertainment industry as a concert violinist which he did up until the 1940's.  He took a break during World War II to serve four years on active duty in the Philippines.     

When he returned to New York he studied at the American Theater under the GI Bill,
and then found work on the Broadway stage in hits such as, "Light Up the Sky", "The Shrike" and "Inherit the Wind".
In 1958 he made his film debut in, "I Want To Live" portraying the tough guy character which followed him for the remainder of his film acting career.  Simon starred in such films as "Follow That Dream" (1962) starring Elvis Presley, "The Sand Pebbles" (1966) with Steve McQueen, "Tony Rome" (1967) starring Frank Sinatra, the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Psycho" (1960) and "West Side Story" (1961) playing Lieutenant Schrank.  He also appeared on television in the science fiction series, "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" and  was a co-star of "Baa Baa Black Sheep" with a recurring role on, "The Rockford Files" starring James Garner as rival private eye Vern St. Cloud.
He remained married to his only wife Lois until he passed away at the early age of 68 after battling years of fighting cancer on August 29th, 1983 in Cathedral City, California.  They had one daughter, Barbra together.     


1983 Tucker's Witch
1978-1982 Quincy M.E.
1982 Lou Grant
1979-1982 CHiPs
1982 The Littlest Hobo 
1982 Bret Maverick
1981 Vega$
1980 Charlie's Angels
1980 Matt and Jenny
1977-1979 The Rockford Files
1978-1979 David Cassidy - Man Undercover
1978 Evening in Byzantium 
1978 Switch
1976-1978 Black Sheep Squadron aka Baa Baa Black Sheep
1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries
1977 Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy 
1977 The Feather and Father Gang
1976 Police Story
1976 Kojak
1976 Gibbsville
1976 Marcus Welby, M.D.
1975 Ellery Queen
1968-1975 Hawaii Five-O
1975 S.W.A.T.
1974-1975 Kolchak: The Night Stalker
1975 Wide World Mystery
1973 Key West 
1973 The Starlost
1973 The New Perry Mason
1973 Happy Mother's Day, Love George 
1973 Emperor of the North 
1973 Toma
1969-1973 Ironside
1973 The Night Strangler 
1970-1972 Medical Center 
1972 Chato's Land 
1972 Cade's County
1972 The Night Stalker 
1972 Young Dr. Kildare
1971 Crosscurrent 
1971 The Man and the City 
1971 The Hunting Party 
1971 Scandalous John
1971 Dan August 
1970 The Young Lawyers
1968-1970 The Name of the Game 
1970 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 
1969 Mod Squad
1965-1969 Daniel Boone
1963-1969 Bonanza
1969 The F.B.I.
1969 The Big Valley
1968 Judd for the Defense
1968 The Wild Wild West
1968 The Outsider 
1968 Bullitt 
1968 Good Morning, World
1968 It Takes a Thief
1968 Off to See the Wizard 
1968 Alexander the Great 
1967 Gentle Ben
1967 Felony Squad
1967 Cimarron Strip
1967 Tony Rome 
1967 Tarzan
1967 Dundee and the Culhane 
1967 Chubasco 
1967 Captain Nice
1967 Mission: Impossible 
1966 The Sand Pebbles 
1966 The Plainsman
1965 The Virginian 
1963-1965 Combat!
1956-1965 Gunsmoke
1965 The Trials of O'Brien
1965 Get Smart
1963-1965 Rawhide
1965 The Satan Bug 
1965 Profiles in Courage
1965 The Rogues
1965 Who Has Seen the Wind? 
1965 Slattery's People
1962-1965 The Doctors and the Nurses
1961-1965 The Defenders 
1964 The Reporter 
1964 Ready for the People 
1964 Mr. Broadway
1964 Mr. Novak
1964 The Outer Limits
1963 The Raiders
1963 77 Sunset Strip
1963 East Side/West Side
1963 The Bill Dana Show
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 
1963 My Favorite Martian
1963 Wall of Noise
1962-1963 The Untouchables
1963 Stoney Burke
1961-1963 Twilight Zone
1960-1962 Wagon Train
1962 Saints and Sinners
1961-1962 The United States Steel Hour
1962 Car 54, Where Are You?
1962 Purex Summer Specials
1962 Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man
1962 Ben Casey 
1962 Follow That Dream
1962 Cain's Hundred 
1959-1962 Adventures in Paradise
1962 Tales of Wells Fargo 
1962 Bus Stop
1962 Route 66
1962 Third of a Man 
1961 Follow the Sun
1961 The New Breed
1961 West Side Story 
1960-1961 Perry Mason
1961 Checkmate
1961 Outlaws
1961 G.E. True Theater
1960 Murder, Inc. 
1957-1960 Armstrong Circle Theatre 
1960 Psycho 
1960 Who Was That Lady? 
1959-1960 Zane Grey Theater
1960 Laramie
1960 Bronco
1960 The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor 
1960 The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond 
1960 Captain David Grief 
1960 Unsolved 
1959 Men Into Space
1959 The Alaskans
1959 Tightrope 
1959 Brenner
1959 Naked City
1959 Black Saddle
1959 The Ten Commandments
1959 The Third Man
1958 I Want to Live! 
1956-1958 Kraft Theatre 
1958 Have Gun - Will Travel
1958 The Brothers Karamazov
1957 Decoy
1956 Sheriff of Cochise
1956 Goodyear Playhouse
1956 The Alcoa Hour 

Matinee Classics - Psycho starring Anthony Perkins,Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, Simon Oakland, John McIntyre, Lurene Tuttle, Vaughn Taylor, Frank Albertson, Patricia Hitchcock, John Anderson, Mort Mills, Virginia Gregg, Jeanette Nolan, and Paul Jasmin

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