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Simon Oakland (1915–1983)


One of the movies' most memorable tough guys, Simon Oakland actually began his career as a concert violinist, turning to acting in the late 1940s. 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 ... See full bio »

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 1983 Tucker's Witch (TV Series)
Daniel Gorman
- Living and Presumed Dead (1983) ... Daniel Gorman
 1978-1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
U.S. Sen. Reeves / Keith Zagner / Chief Mechanic Chick Thomas / ...
- Give Me Your Weak (1982) ... U.S. Sen. Reeves
- Bitter Pill (1982) ... Keith Zagner
- Speed Trap (1978) ... Chief Mechanic Chick Thomas
- Passing (1978) ... Sal Jarrett
 1982 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Col. Taylor
- Obituary (1982) ... Col. Taylor
 1979-1982 CHiPs (TV Series)
Bruno
- Alarmed (1982)
- Drive, Lady, Drive: Part 2 (1979) ... Bruno
- Drive, Lady, Drive: Part 1 (1979) ... Bruno
 1982 The Littlest Hobo (TV Series)
Tom Beecher
- Mail Order Bride (1982) ... Tom Beecher
 1982 Bret Maverick (TV Series)
Delwood Crestmore
- Horse of Yet Another Color (1982) ... Delwood Crestmore
 1981 Vega$ (TV Series)
Eddie Miller
- Set Up (1981) ... Eddie Miller
 1980 Matt and Jenny (TV Series)
Amos Crawford
- Mystery of the Pikes (1980) ... Amos Crawford
- Wolf Howl at Kennebec Cliff (1980) ... Amos Crawford
 1980 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Sgt. Shanks
- Angel's Child (1980) ... Sgt. Shanks
 1978 Evening in Byzantium (TV Movie)
Walter Klein
 1978 Switch (TV Series)
Sam
- Blue Crusaders Reunion (1978) ... Sam
 1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
Lt. Eghan
- The Lady on Thursday at Ten (1978) ... Lt. Eghan
 1977 Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy (TV Movie)
Delaney
 1977 The Feather and Father Gang (TV Series)
Cosgrove
- The Big Frame (1977) ... Cosgrove
 1976 Police Story (TV Series)
George Fanning
- The Jar: Part 2 (1976) ... George Fanning
 1976 Kojak (TV Series)
Tom Donnelly
- Dead Again (1976) ... Tom Donnelly
 1976 Gibbsville (TV Series)
Sam Chapman
- All the Young Girls (1976) ... Sam Chapman
 1976 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Harry Burke
- How Do You Know What Hurts Me? (1976) ... Harry Burke
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Norris Wentworth
- The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse (1975) ... Norris Wentworth
 1968-1975 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Mendoza / Shako / Mauritany / ...
- The Waterfront Steal (1975) ... Mendoza
- Engaged to Be Buried (1973) ... Shako
- Didn't We Meet at a Murder? (1972) ... Mauritany
- The Reunion (1970) ... Frank Epstein
- Strangers in Our Own Land (1968) ... Benny Kalua
 1975 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)
Frank Hunter
- Sole Survivor (1975) ... Frank Hunter
 1975 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
Mickey Costigan
- Please Call It Murder (1975) ... Mickey Costigan
 1973 Key West (TV Movie)
General Tom Luker
 1973 The Starlost (TV Series)
Dr. Asgard
- And Only Man Is Vile (1973) ... Dr. Asgard
 1973 The New Perry Mason (TV Series)
Frank Emmett
- The Case of the Ominous Oath (1973) ... Frank Emmett
 1973 Emperor of the North
Policeman
 1969-1973 Ironside (TV Series)
Elton Ferris / Theodore 'Ted' Berringer, Sr. / Mel Grayson
- Love Me in December (1973) ... Elton Ferris
- Lesson in Terror (1971) ... Theodore 'Ted' Berringer, Sr.
- Puzzlelock (1969) ... Mel Grayson
 1970-1972 Medical Center (TV Series)
Sgt. Driscoll / August Tavormina
- No Sanctuary (1972) ... Sgt. Driscoll
- Runaway (1970) ... August Tavormina
 1972 Chato's Land
Jubal Hooker
 1972 Cade's County (TV Series)
Phillips
- Dead Past (1972) ... Phillips
 1972 The Night Stalker (TV Movie)
Vincenzo
 1972 Young Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Carlo Gardino / Attorney
- The Don (1972) ... Carlo Gardino
- Mercy Killing (1972) ... Attorney
 1971 Crosscurrent (TV Movie)
Capt. E.J. Goodlad
 1971 The Man and the City (TV Series)
Ed Rauch
- Reprisal (1971) ... Ed Rauch
 1971 The Hunting Party
Matthew Gunn
 1971 Scandalous John
Barton Whittaker
 1971 Dan August (TV Series)
Maury Abrams
- The Meal Ticket (1971) ... Maury Abrams
 1970 The Young Lawyers (TV Series)
Karok
- A Busload of Bishops (1970) ... Karok
 1968-1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Sheriff Haines / Luis Fierro
- Little Bear Died Running (1970) ... Sheriff Haines
- The Revolutionary (1968) ... Luis Fierro
 1969 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Lt. Earl Rakosi
- Confrontation! (1969) ... Lt. Earl Rakosi
 1965-1969 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Bickford / General James Wilkerson / Dull Knife
- Bickford's Bridge (1969) ... Bickford
- Bitter Mission (1967) ... General James Wilkerson
- The Mound Builders (1965) ... Dull Knife
 1963-1969 Bonanza (TV Series)
Judge Seth Tabor / Frank Scott / Mel Barnes / ...
- The Clarion (1969) ... Judge Seth Tabor
- Justice Deferred (1967) ... Frank Scott / Mel Barnes
- Thunder Man (1963) ... William Poole
 1969 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Nikos Kapralos
- The Maze (1969) ... Nikos Kapralos
 1969 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Adam Howard
- The Secret (1969) ... Adam Howard
 1968 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Lawrence McNamara / Sam Ghari
- A Swim with Sharks (1968) ... Lawrence McNamara
- Square House (1968) ... Sam Ghari
 1968 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Diamond Dave Desmond
- The Night of the Fugitives (1968) ... Diamond Dave Desmond
 1968 The Outsider (TV Series)
Lyman Barr
 1968 Good Morning, World (TV Series)
Harry Lewis
- The Lady and the Pussycat (1968) ... Harry Lewis
 1968 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Col. Savrille
- A Very Warm Reception (1968) ... Col. Savrille
 1968 Alexander the Great (TV Movie)
Attalos
 1968 Off to See the Wizard (TV Series)
Attalos
 1967 Felony Squad (TV Series)
Charles Murdock
- No Sad Songs for Charlie (1967) ... Charles Murdock
 1967 Gentle Ben (TV Series)
Packy Benner
- The Ransom (1967) ... Packy Benner
 1967 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
Joshua Broom
- The Beast That Walks Like a Man (1967) ... Joshua Broom
 1967 Tony Rome
Rudy Kosterman
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Judson Burnett / Thompson
- The Maguma Curse (1967) ... Judson Burnett
- Jungle Dragnet (1967) ... Thompson
 1967 Dundee and the Culhane (TV Series)
Kneeland
- The Jubilee Raid Brief (1967) ... Kneeland
 1967 Chubasco
Laurindo
 1967 Captain Nice (TV Series)
Harry Houseman
- It Tastes OK, But Something's Missing (1967) ... Harry Houseman
 1967 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Jack Wellman
- The Frame (1967) ... Jack Wellman
 1966 The Sand Pebbles
Stawski
 1966 The Plainsman
Chief Black Kettle
 1965 The Virginian (TV Series)
Charles Sanders / Bob Coulter
- Letter of the Law (1965) ... Charles Sanders
- Dangerous Road (1965) ... Bob Coulter
 1963-1965 Combat! (TV Series)
Sgt. Tom Akers / Pvt. Clawson
- The Old Men (1965) ... Pvt. Clawson
 1956-1965 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Carl Mandee / Miguel / Jim Nation / ...
- The Hostage (1965) ... Carl Mandee
- Miguel's Daughter (1959) ... Miguel
- Overland Express (1958) ... Jim Nation
- How to Cure a Friend (1956) ... Enoch Mills
 1965 Get Smart (TV Series)
Cowboy
- The Day Smart Turned Chicken (1965) ... Cowboy
 1965 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Harry
- The Trouble with Archie (1965) ... Harry
 1963-1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Sheriff Blaine / Bolivar Jagger
- Encounter at Boot Hill (1965) ... Sheriff Blaine
- Incident of the Travellin' Man (1963) ... Bolivar Jagger
 1965 The Satan Bug
Tasserly
 1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
Fuller / Captain Bogart
- Edmund G. Ross (1965) ... Fuller
- General Alexander William Doniphan (1965) ... Captain Bogart
 1965 The Rogues (TV Series)
Absoalom MacBride
- The Bartered MacBride (1965) ... Absoalom MacBride
 1965 Who Has Seen the Wind? (TV Movie)
Inspector
 1965 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Murray Keller
 1962-1965 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Charley / Hal Weatherwax / Patrolman Braden
- Sixteen Hours to Chicago (1965) ... Charley
- Field of Battle (1963) ... Hal Weatherwax
- The Prisoner (1962) ... Patrolman Braden
 1961-1965 The Defenders (TV Series)
District Attorney / Assistant District Attorney Murphy / Gardella
- Death on Wheels (1965) ... Assistant District Attorney Murphy
- The Sixth Alarm (1964) ... District Attorney
- Kill or Be Killed (1963) ... District Attorney
- The Trial of Jenny Scott (1961) ... Gardella
 1964 The Reporter (TV Series)
Det. Lt. Gene Gordon
- Vote for Murder (1964) ... Det. Lt. Gene Gordon
 1964 Mr. Broadway (TV Series)
Shaw
- Try to Find a Spy (1964) ... Shaw
 1964 Ready for the People (TV Movie)
Murray Brock
 1964 Mr. Novak (TV Series)
Carl Green
- With a Hammer in His Hand, Lord, Lord! (1964) ... Carl Green
 1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Empyrian
- Second Chance (1964) ... Empyrian
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Antonio Malfi
- Bonus Baby (1963) ... Antonio Malfi
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Harry Bernstein
- Where's Harry (1963) ... Harry Bernstein
 1963 The Raiders
Sgt. Austin Tremaine
 1963 The Bill Dana Show (TV Series)
Hotel Guest Brown
- The Bank Hold-Up (1963) ... Hotel Guest Brown
 1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Maj. Stern
- Four Kings (1963) ... Maj. Stern
 1963 My Favorite Martian (TV Series)
Lt. Murphy
- My Favorite Martin (1963) ... Lt. Murphy
 1963 Wall of Noise
Johnny Papadakis
 1962-1963 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Russ Bogan / Pete 'The Persuader' Kalmisky / Joe Palakopolous aka Mr. Pal
- The Jazz Man (1963) ... Russ Bogan
- Downfall (1962) ... Pete 'The Persuader' Kalmisky
- The Canada Run (1962) ... Joe Palakopolous aka Mr. Pal
 1963 Stoney Burke (TV Series)
Sam Hagen
- Image of Glory (1963) ... Sam Hagen
 1961-1963 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Captain Beecham / De Cruz
- The Thirty-Fathom Grave (1963) ... Captain Beecham
- The Rip Van Winkle Caper (1961) ... De Cruz
 1960-1962 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Alonzo Galezio / Col. Vasily
- The Donna Fuller Story (1962) ... Alonzo Galezio
- The Countess Baranof Story (1960) ... Col. Vasily
 1962 Saints and Sinners (TV Series)
Alberto Bianco
- Judith Was a Lady (1962) ... Alberto Bianco
 1961-1962 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Golikov
- The Inner Panic (1962)
- You Can't Escape (1962)
- Street of Love (1961) ... Golikov
 1962 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Secret Service Agent Cordner
- Hail to the Chief (1962) ... Secret Service Agent Cordner
 1962 Purex Summer Specials (TV Series)
Barney
- The Problem Child (1962) ... Barney
 1962 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Jake
- When You See an Evil Man (1962) ... Jake
 1962 Third of a Man
Doon
 1962 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Walter Hayes
- The New Order (1962) ... Walter Hayes
 1959-1962 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
McGraw / Red Mulligan / John Briggs / ...
- The Beach at Belle Anse (1962) ... McGraw
- Wild Mangoes (1961) ... Red Mulligan
- Beached (1960) ... John Briggs
- The Lady from South Chicago (1959) ... Martin Quirk
 1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Poderio
- Portrait of Teresa (1962) ... Poderio
 1962 Bus Stop (TV Series)
Sgt. Brokaw
- Cry to Heaven (1962) ... Sgt. Brokaw
 1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Ben Newcombe
- To Walk with the Serpent (1962) ... Ben Newcombe
 1961 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
Franklyn Davis
- Conspiracy of Silence (1961) ... Franklyn Davis
 1961 The New Breed (TV Series)
Felix Pascal
- To None a Deadly Drug (1961) ... Felix Pascal
 1960-1961 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Capt. Mike Caldwell / Howard Walters
- The Case of the Misguided Missile (1961) ... Capt. Mike Caldwell
- The Case of the Frantic Flyer (1960) ... Howard Walters
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Lewis Bates
- Goodbye, Griff (1961) ... Lewis Bates
 1961 Outlaws (TV Series)
Neil Gwinner
- The Bell (1961) ... Neil Gwinner
 1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Director
- Image of a Doctor (1961) ... Director
 1960 Murder, Inc.
Det. Sgt. William Tobin
 1957-1960 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Herbert Holland
- The Prison Professor (1960) ... Herbert Holland
- House of Cards (1959)
 1960 Who Was That Lady?
Belka
 1959-1960 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Jesse Harp / Townsend
- Sundown Smith (1960) ... Jesse Harp
- Death in a Wood (1959) ... Townsend
 1960 Laramie (TV Series)
Vernon Kane
- Ride or Die (1960) ... Vernon Kane
 1960 Bronco (TV Series)
Sgt. Ross
- Every Man a Hero (1960) ... Sgt. Ross
 1960 The Detectives (TV Series)
Nick Stahl
- Conspiracy of Silence (1960) ... Nick Stahl
 1960 Captain David Grief (TV Series)
Esteban
- Nanigo (1960) ... Esteban (as Sy Oakland)
 1960 Unsolved (TV Movie)
Martin 'Mugsy' Heidel
 1959 Men Into Space (TV Series)
Dr. Horton
- Quarantine (1959) ... Dr. Horton
 1959 The Alaskans (TV Series)
Doc Booker
- Doc Booker (1959) ... Doc Booker
 1959 Tightrope (TV Series)
Bill Mitchell
- The Cracking Point (1959) ... Bill Mitchell
 1959 Brenner (TV Series)
Mike Dover
- Small Take (1959) ... Mike Dover
 1959 Naked City (TV Series)
Duke
- A Little Piece of the Action (1959) ... Duke
 1959 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Grat Mowery
- Client: Mowery (1959) ... Grat Mowery
 1959 The Ten Commandments (TV Movie)
 1959 The Third Man (TV Series)
 1959 Deadline (TV Series)
Lyons
- The Human Storm (1959) ... Lyons
 1958 I Want to Live!
Edward S. 'Ed' Montgomery
 1956-1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Hank / Parole Officer
- Web of Guilt (1958) ... Hank
- Focus on Murder (1958)
- Gun at a Fair One (1957) ... Parole Officer
- Anna Santonello (1956)
 1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Sancho Fernandez
- The Statue of San Sebastian (1958) ... Sancho Fernandez
 1958 The Brothers Karamazov
Mavrayek
 1957 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
General Javorsky
- The Great Sebastians (1957) ... General Javorsky
 1957 Decoy (TV Series)
Sgt. Steve Necclo / Lieutenant
- Saturday Lost (1957) ... Sgt. Steve Necclo
- Dream Fix ... Lieutenant
 1956 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
Charlie Moon
- Question of Honor (1956) ... Charlie Moon
 1956 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Ward
- The Sentry (1956) ... Ward
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Bert
- Long After Summer (1956) ... Bert (as Si Oakland)
 1955 The Desperate Hours
State trooper (uncredited)
 1951 Big Town (TV Series)
- The First Robin (1951)
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Stage Play: Caesar and Cleopatra. Comedy (revival). See more »

Alternate Names:

Si Oakland | Sy Oakland

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Often confused with 'Claude Akins (I)'. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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