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Simon Oakland

Tony Vincenzo in Kolchak The Night Stalker, Gen. Thomas Moore in Baa Baa Black Sheep

Photos Simon Oakland Birth name: Simon Oakland
Birth date: 1915/08/28
Date of death : 1983/08/29 (68 years old)
Birth place : New York

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Biography for Simon Oakland

One of the movies' most memorable tough guys, Simon Oakland actually began his career as a concert violinist, turning to acting in the late 1940's. After a long string of roles in Broadway hits, including "Light Up the Sky", "The Shrike" and "Inherit the Wind", Oakland made his film debut as the tough but compassionate journalist who speaks up for Susan Hayward's Barbara Grahame in I Want to Live! (1958). He would go on to play a long series of tough guy types, albeit usually on the right side of the law, in such films as The Sand Pebbles (1966), Tony Rome (1967), Psycho (1960), and, most notably, nasty Lieutenant Schrank in West Side Story (1961). He was also a frequently seen face on TV, at one point serving as a regular or semi-regular on four different series at once. Much respected by his co-workers as a total professional, he died, after a long battle with cancer, one day after his 68th birthday.

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Filmography

Title Role
Tucker's Witch Daniel Gorman (1 episode, 1983)
Quincy M.E. Chief Mechanic Chick Thomas / ... (4 episodes, 1978-1982)
Lou Grant Colonel Taylor (1 episode, 1982)
CHiPs Bruno (3 episodes, 1979-1982)
The Littlest Hobo Tom Beecher (1 episode, 1982)
Bret Maverick Delwood Crestmore (1 episode, 1982)
Charlie's Angels Sgt. Cates / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Vega$ Eddie Miller (1 episode, 1981)
Matt and Jenny Amos Crawford (1 episode, 1980)
The Rockford Files Vern St. Cloud / ... (4 episodes, 1977-1979)
David Cassidy
Evening in Byzantium (1978) (TV) Walter Klein
Switch Sam (1 episode, 1978)
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Lt. Eghan (1 episode, 1978)
Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy (1977) (TV) Delaney
The Feather and Father Gang Cosgrove (1 episode, 1977)
Police Story Fanning (2 episodes, 1976)
Kojak Tom Donnelly (1 episode, 1976)
Gibbsville (1 episode, 1976)
Baa Baa Black Sheep Gen. Thomas Moore / ... (3 episodes, 1976-1978)
Baa Baa, Black Sheep (1976) (TV) Brig. Gen. Thomas Moore
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1 episode, 1976)
Crackle of Death (1976) (TV) Tony Vincenzo
Ellery Queen Norris Wentworth (1 episode, 1975)
Hawaii Five-O Benny Kalua / ... (5 episodes, 1968-1975)
S.W.A.T. Frank Hunter (1 episode, 1975)
Kolchak: The Night Stalker Tony Vincenzo (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
Wide World Mystery Mickey Costigan (1 episode, 1975)
Toma (1973) TV series Inspector Spooner (1973-74) (unknown episodes)
Key West (1973) (TV) General Tom Luker
The Starlost Doctor Asgard (1 episode, 1973)
The New Perry Mason (1 episode, 1973)
Happy Mother's Day, Love George (1973) Roy
Emperor of the North Pole (1973) Policeman
Young Dr. Kildare Attorney (1 episode, 1973)
Toma (1973) (TV) Inspector Spooner
Ironside Elton Ferris / ... (3 episodes, 1969-1973)
The Night Strangler (1973) (TV) Tony Vincenzo
Medical Center August Tavormina / ... (2 episodes, 1970-1972)
Chato's Land (1972) Jubal Hooker
Cade's County Phillips (1 episode, 1972)
The Night Stalker (1972) (TV) Tony Vincenzo
Crosscurrent (1971) (TV) Captain E.J. Goodlad
The Man and the City Ed Rauch (1 episode, 1971)
The Hunting Party (1971) Matthew Gunn
Scandalous John (1971) Barton Whittaker
Dan August Maury Abrams (1 episode, 1971)
The Young Lawyers Karok (1 episode, 1970)
The Name of the Game Luis Fierro / ... (2 episodes, 1968-1970)
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) Dr. Conrad Fuller
The Mod Squad Det. Will Gregozey (1 episode, 1969)
Daniel Boone Bickford / ... (3 episodes, 1965-1969)
Bonanza Frank Scott / ... (3 episodes, 1963-1969)
The F.B.I. Nikos Capralos (1 episode, 1969)
The Big Valley Adam Howard (1 episode, 1969)
Judd for the Defense Lawrence McNamara / ... (2 episodes, 1968)
The Wild Wild West Diamond Dave Desmond (1 episode, 1968)
The Outsider Lyman Barr (1 episode, 1968)
Bullitt (1968) Captain Sam Bennett
Chubasco (1968) Laurindo
Good Morning, World Harry Lewis (1 episode, 1968)
It Takes a Thief Colonel Savrille (1 episode, 1968)
Off to See the Wizard Attalos (1 episode, 1968)
Alexander the Great (1968) (TV) Attalos
Gentle Ben Packy Benner (2 episodes, 1967)
Felony Squad Charles Murdock (1 episode, 1967)
Cimarron Strip Joshua Broom (1 episode, 1967)
Tony Rome (1967) Rudy Kosterman
Tarzan Burnett / ... (2 episodes, 1967)
Dundee and the Culhane (1 episode, 1967)
Captain Nice Harry Houseman (1 episode, 1967)
Mission: Impossible Jack Wellman (1 episode, 1967)
The Sand Pebbles (1966) Machinist Mate Stawski
The Plainsman (1966) Chief Black Kettle
The Virginian Bob Coulter / ... (2 episodes, 1965)
Combat! Sgt. Tom Akers / ... (3 episodes, 1963-1965)
Gunsmoke Carl Mandee / ... (4 episodes, 1956-1965)
The Trials of O'Brien Harry (1 episode, 1965)
Get Smart Cowboy (1 episode, 1965)
Rawhide Bolivar Jagger / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
The Satan Bug (1965) Tasserly
Profiles in Courage Captain Bogart / ... (2 episodes, 1965)
The Rogues Absoalom MacBride (1 episode, 1965)
Who Has Seen the Wind? (1965) (TV) Inspector
Slattery's People Murray Keller (1 episode, 1965)
The Nurses (1 episode, 1965)
The Nurses Charley / ... (3 episodes, 1962-1965)
The Defenders District Attorney / ... (5 episodes, 1961-1965)
The Reporter Police Detective Lieutenant Gene Gordon (1 episode, 1964)
Ready for the People (1964) (TV) Murray Brock
Mr. Broadway Shaw (1 episode, 1964)
Mr. Novak Carl Green (1 episode, 1964)
The Outer Limits Empyrian (1 episode, 1964)
The Raiders (1963) Sgt. Austin Tremaine
77 Sunset Strip Antonio Malfi (1 episode, 1963)
East Side/West Side Harry Bernstein (1 episode, 1963)
The Bill Dana Show (1 episode, 1963)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Major Stern (1 episode, 1963)
My Favorite Martian Lt. Murphy (1 episode, 1963)
Wall of Noise (1963) Johnny Papadakis
The Untouchables Joe Palakopolous / ... (3 episodes, 1962-1963)
Stoney Burke Sam Hagen (1 episode, 1963)
The Twilight Zone Captain Beecham / ... (2 episodes, 1961-1963)
Wagon Train Alonzo Galezio / ... (2 episodes, 1960-1962)
Saints and Sinners Alberto Bianco (1 episode, 1962)
The United States Steel Hour Golikov (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Car 54, Where Are You? Mr. Cordner (1 episode, 1962)
Purex Summer Specials Barney (1 episode, 1962)
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962) Joe Boulton
Ben Casey Jake (1 episode, 1962)
Follow That Dream (1962) Nick
Cain's Hundred Walter Hayes (1 episode, 1962)
Adventures in Paradise John Briggs / ... (4 episodes, 1959-1962)
Tales of Wells Fargo Poderio (1 episode, 1962)
Bus Stop Sergeant Brokaw (1 episode, 1962)
Route 66 Ben Newcombe (1 episode, 1962)
Third of a Man (1962) Doon
Follow the Sun Franklyn Davis (1 episode, 1961)
The New Breed Felix Pascal (1 episode, 1961)
West Side Story (1961) Lieutenant Schrank
Perry Mason Captain Caldwell / ... (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Checkmate Lewis Bates (1 episode, 1961)
Outlaws Neil Gwinner (1 episode, 1961)
General Electric Theater Director (1 episode, 1961)
Murder, Inc. (1960) Lt. Detective William Flaherty Tobin
Armstrong Circle Theatre (6 episodes, 1957-1960)
Psycho (1960) Dr. Fred Richmond
Who Was That Lady? (1960) Belka
Zane Grey Theater Jesse Harp / ... (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Laramie Vernon Kane (1 episode, 1960)
Bronco Sergeant Ross (1 episode, 1960)
The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor Nick Stahl (1 episode, 1960)
The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960) Lieutenant Moody
Men Into Space Dr. Horton (1 episode, 1959)
The Alaskans Doc Booker (1 episode, 1959)
Tightrope Mitchell (1 episode, 1959)
Brenner Dover (1 episode, 1959)
Naked City (1 episode, 1959)
Black Saddle Grant Mowery (1 episode, 1959)
The Ten Commandments (1959) (TV)
The Third Man (1 episode, 1959)
I Want to Live! (1958) Edward S. 'Ed' Montgomery
Kraft Television Theatre (3 episodes, 1956-1958)
Have Gun
The Brothers Karamazov (1958) Mavrayek
Producers' Showcase (1 episode, 1957)
Decoy Lieutenant / ... (2 episodes, 1957)
Sheriff of Cochise Charlie Moon (1 episode, 1956)

Trivia

In the early 1980s, he narrated television commercials for Federal Express and The Journal Newspapers (Washington, D.C., area).

Until the 1940s, he was a concert violinist.

Through his career, he performed on Broadway.

He made his film debut as the "tough, but compassionate" journalist who speaks up for Susan Hayward's Barbara Graham in I Want to Live! (1958). He 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 on the right side of the law (or in positions of authority), most notably in Psycho (1960), West Side Story (1961) and as Antonio Vincenzo (Kolchak's boss) in the sci-fi TV series "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (1974). A gifted actor, he often accepted roles that were inferior to his acting ability and often played on type rather than talent. He was highly respected by his co-workers as an actor; he died of cancer, one day after his 68th birthday.

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Family

Spouse : Lois (? - 29 August 1983) (his death) 1 child

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 13/12/2007 by franckenstein
  • Last update: 02/03/2008 by chris

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