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August 28, 1915|
Brooklyn, New York City
New York, U.S.
|Died||August 29, 1983
Cathedral City, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Carola Oakland (?-1977; divorced; one child)
Lois Oakland (?-1983, his death; one child)
Early life and career
Oakland was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. He began his performing arts career as a musician (he was a violinist, an avocation he would pursue during his entire career as an actor). Oakland began his acting career in the late 1940s. He enjoyed a series of Broadway hits, including Light Up the Sky, The Shrike and Inherit the Wind, and theater was one of his lasting passions. He was a concert violinist until the 1940s.
Moving to films and television
Oakland made his film debut as the "tough, but compassionate" journalist who speaks up for Susan Hayward's Barbara Graham in I Want to Live! in 1958. Oakland would wind up playing this type often over the course of his career.
He went on to play a long series of tough guy types, usually in positions of authority, most notably in Psycho, in which he plays the psychiatrist who explains Norman Bates's multiple personality disorder. He also appeared in West Side Story, Bullitt, and the science fiction television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. He made two guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason, both times as the murder victim. He also appeared in the syndicated crime drama, Decoy, starring Beverly Garland. Oakland appeared once each on the CBS western, Dundee and the Culhane and in another syndicated crime drama series, Sheriff of Cochise, starring John Bromfield. Oakland played General Thomas Moore on NBC's Baa Baa Black Sheep, starring Robert Conrad.
- Sheriff of Cochise as Charlie Moon in "Question of Honor" (1956)
- I Want to Live! (1958)
- Have Gun - Will Travel as Sancho Fernandez in "The Statue of San Sebastian", Season 1, Episode 39 (1958)
- Adventures in Paradise (4 episodes, as Martin in "The Lady from South Chicago", John Briggs in "Beached", Red Mulligan in "Wild Mangoes", and McGraw in "The Beach at Belle Anse", 1959-1962)
- The Alaskans (1 episode, "Doc Booker", 1959)
- Perry Mason (2 episodes, 1960)
- Murder Inc. (1960)
- Psycho (1960)
- Who Was That Lady? (1960)
- West Side Story (1961)
- The Twilight Zone episodes "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" and "The Thirty-Fathom Grave" (the original series, hosted by Rod Serling).
- Route 66 in "To Walk With the Serpent" (1962)
- Follow That Dream (1962)
- Cain's Hundred, as Walter Hayes in "The New Order" (1962)
- Ben Casey, as Jake in "When You See an Evil Man" (1962)
- Tales of Wells Fargo, as Poderio in "Portrait of Teresa" (1962)
- Bus Stop, as Sgt. Brokaw in "Cry to Heaven" (1962)
- Car 54, Where Are You?, as Secret Service Agent Cordner in "Hail to the Chief" (1962)
- The Untouchables (1962–1963)
- Combat! as Sgt. Akers in "The Long Way Home" (1963)
- My Favorite Martian in episode 1, season 1, "My Favorite Martian" as Lt. Murphy (1963)
- Stoney Burke as Sam Hagen in "Image of Glory" (1963)
- Rawhide in episode "Incident of the Travelin' Man" (1963)
- The Outer Limits in episode "Second Chance" (1964)
- Mr. Novak as Carl Green in "With a Hammer in His Hand, Lord, Lord!" (1964)
- Daniel Boone in episodes "The Mound Builders", "Bitter Mission" and "Bickford's Bridge"
- The Reporter (1964) in series finale "Vote for Murder"
- Mr. Broadway (1964) in episode "Try to Find a Spy" with Barbara Feldon
- Combat! in "The Old Men" (1965)
- Get Smart (1965)
- The Sand Pebbles (1966)
- Mission: Impossible in episode "The Frame" (1967)
- Tony Rome (1967)
- It Takes A Thief (in 1968 episode "A Very Warm Reception")
- Hawaii Five-O (in 1968 season 1 episode 3 "We'll all be strangers")
- Bullitt (1968)
- Chubasco (1968)
- The Wild Wild West TV series in episode "The Night of the Fugitives" (1968)
- The Big Valley (1969) in episode "The Secret"
- Ironside (1969) in episode "Puzzlelock"
- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)
- The Hunting Party (1971)
- The Night Stalker (1972)
- Chato's Land (1972)
- The Night Strangler (1973)
- Emperor of the North (1973)
- The Starlost as Dr. Asgard in episode 6, "And only Man is Vile" (1973)
- Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974)
- Ellery Queen (1975)
- Hawaii Five-O as Mendoza in episode 11 season 8, (1975)
- Baa Baa Black Sheep (1977–1978)
- David Cassidy - Man Undercover (1978–1979)
- Evening in Byzantium (1978)
- The Rockford Files as Vern St. Cloud in 4 episodes over 3 seasons (1977–1979)
- Charlie's Angels (1980)
- Quincy, M.E. (1978–82)
- Tucker's Witch (one of his last roles) (1983)
- The Littlest Hobo as Tom Beecher in episode 13 season 3, 21 Jan (1982)
- Simon Oakland at the Internet Movie Database
- Simon Oakland at the Internet Broadway Database
- Simon Oakland at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Simon Oakland at Find a Grave