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Simon Oakland

Mostly Credited As: Simon Oakland
Sometimes Credited As: Si Oakland

Date Of Birth: August 28, 1915 (Age 68)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Date Of Death: August 29, 1983
Cause Of Death: Cancer
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

Simon Oakland


Simon Oakland made his television series regular in the role of Inspector Spooner in the ABC TV Network's "Toma" series by 1973. Oakland has guested in over 1000 TV segments, appeared in dozens of Broadway plays and in twice as many Hollywood films. He is one of entertainment industry's most popular all around actors as much at home in a strong supporting role as playing a lead. Oakland was born in New York City on August 28. He attended Tilden High School and later Columbia University. As a youngster, he was a musical prodigy and gave violin concerts as a teenager. Before the war, Oakland conducted a band on radio and during the summers played the Borscht Circuit in the Catskills for $50 a season. After four years of active duty in the Philippines during WW II, Oakland and his wife, Lois, an army nurse, returned to New York where he studied at the American Theater on the GI Bil. He made his Broadway debut in "Skipper Next to God" with the late John Garfield. Moss Hart then cast him on "Light Up The Sky" and he later played the lead on tour. Sir Cedric Hardwicke chose Oakland, the only American in the production of Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra" with Lilli Palmer. Numerous Broadway productions followed, but the turning point in his career came when he replaced Paul Muni in "Inherit The Wind." He was seen by playwrights Howard Lindsey and Russel Crouse who cast him in "The Great Sebastians" with the famous acting duo, Alfred Lunt And Lynn Fontaine. On tour with the successful play, Oakland came to Hollywood where he was discovered by filmmakers. He made his movie debut in "The Brothers Karamazov" followed by a role in "I Want To Live." Among his other films are "Sand Pebbles," "Bullitt," "On A Clear Day" and "Emperor of the North." Oakland and his wife maintain two homes, one in Palm Springs, CA. and the other in West Hollywood. They have one daughter,Barbara.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
David Cassidy - Man Undercover (1978)As: Police Lt. Abrams
Black Sheep Squadron (1976)As: Gen. Thomas Moore
Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974)As: Tony Vincenzo
Toma (1973)As: Inspector Spooner
Episode Cast Credits 

Challenge of the GoBots (1985) 
  Quest For New Earth 01x65: (Dec/05/1984) As Sgt. Shanks 

Tucker's Witch (1982) 
  Living and Presumed Dead 01x11: (May/05/1983) As Daniel Gorman 

Quincy, M.E. (1976) 
  Give Me Your Weak 08x03: (Oct/27/1982) As Senator Reeves 
  Bitter Pill 07x09: (Jan/06/1982) As Keith Zagner 
  Speed Trap 04x02: (Oct/12/1978) As Chick Thomas 
  Passing 03x15: (Jan/27/1978) As Sal Jarrett 

Lou Grant (1977) 
  Obituary 05x16: (Mar/22/1982) As Col. Taylor 

CHiPs (1977) 
  Alarmed 05x17: (Feb/14/1982) As Unknown 
  Drive, Lady, Drive (2) 03x10: (Nov/10/1979) As Bruno 
  Drive, Lady, Drive (1) 03x09: (Nov/10/1979) As Bruno 

Bret Maverick (1981) 
  Horse of Yet Another Color 01x05: (Jan/05/1982) As Delwood Crestmore 

Charlie's Angels (1976) (1976) 
  Let Our Angel Live 05x17: (Jun/24/1981) As Sgt. Cates (archive footage), [Featuring]
  Angel's Child 04x15: (Jan/09/1980) As Sgt. Cates 

Vega$ (1978) 
  Set Up 03x17: (Mar/25/1981) As Eddie Miller 

The Rockford Files (1974) (1974) 
  Just a Coupla Guys 06x11: (Dec/14/1979) As Uncle Beppy 
  Nice Guys Finish Dead 06x07: (Nov/16/1979) As Vern St. Cloud 
  The House on Willis Avenue (2) 04x22: (Feb/24/1978) As Vern St. Cloud 
  The House on Willis Avenue (1) 04x21: (Feb/24/1978) As Vern St. Cloud 

Switch (1975) 
  Blue Crusaders Reunion 03x15: (Jul/09/1978) As Sam 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977) 
  The Lady on Thursday at Ten 02x13: (Jan/01/1978) As Eghan 

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  The Jar (2) 04x11: (Dec/21/1976) As Fanny 
  The Jar (1) 04x10: (Dec/14/1976) As Fanny 

Kojak (1973) (1973) 
  Dead Again 04x14: (Dec/19/1976) As Tom Donnelly 

Ellery Queen (1975) 
  The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse 01x10: (Dec/11/1975) As Norris Wentworth 

Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968) 
  The Waterfront Steal 08x12: (Nov/21/1975) As Jose Mendoza 
  Engaged to be Buried 05x22: (Feb/27/1973) As Shako Vidalgo, [Special Guest Stars]
  Didn't We Meet at a Murder? 04x22: (Feb/22/1972) As Martin Mauritany 
  The Reunion 03x08: (Nov/04/1970) As Frank Epstein 

S.W.A.T. (1975) 
  Sole Survivor 01x13: (May/26/1975) As Frank Hunter 

The New Perry Mason (1973) 
  The Case of the Ominous Oath 01x03: (Sep/30/1973) As Frank Emmett 

Ironside (1967) 
  Love Me in December 06x18: (Feb/01/1973) As Elton Ferris 
  Lesson in Terror 04x24: (Mar/18/1971) As Ted Berringer Sr. 
  Puzzlelock 02x22: (Mar/13/1969) As Mel Grayson 

Medical Center (US) (1969) 
  No Sanctuary 04x11: (Nov/29/1972) As Sergeant Driscoll 
  Runaway 01x16: (Jan/21/1970) As August Tavormina 

Cade's County (1971) 
  Dead Past 01x18: (Feb/13/1972) As Phillips 

The Man and the City (1971) 
  Reprisal 01x05: (Oct/13/1971) As Ed Rauch 

The Young Lawyers (1970) 
  A Busload of Bishops 01x12: (Nov/30/1970) As The coach 

The Mod Squad (1968) 
  Confrontation! 02x07: (Nov/11/1969) As Det. Will Rakosi 

Daniel Boone (1964) (1964) 
  Bickford's Bridge 05x18: (Feb/20/1969) As James Bickford 
  Bitter Mission 03x26: (Mar/30/1967) As General James Wilkerson 
  The Mound Builders 02x03: (Sep/30/1965) As Dull Knife 

Bonanza (1959) 
  The Clarion 10x20: (Feb/09/1969) As Judge Seth Tabor 
  Justice Deferred 09x13: (Dec/17/1967) As Mel Burns/Frank Scott 
  Thunder Man 04x31: (May/05/1963) As William Poole 

The F.B.I. (1965) 
  The Maze 04x20: (Feb/09/1969) As Nikos Kapralos 

The Big Valley (1965) 
  The Secret 04x15: (Jan/27/1969) As Adam Howard 

The Name of the Game (1968) 
  The Revolutionary 01x15: (Dec/27/1968) As Luis Fierro 

Judd for the Defense (1967) 
  A Swim With Sharks 02x12: (Dec/13/1968) As Lawrence McNamara 
  Square House 01x24: (Mar/01/1968) As Sam Ghari 

The Wild Wild West (1965) 
  The Night of the Fugitives 04x07: (Nov/08/1968) As Diamond Dave Desmond 

The Outsider (US) (1968) 
  Love Is Under "L" 01x07: (Nov/06/1968) As Lyman Barr 

It Takes a Thief (1968) (1968) 
  A Very Warm Reception 01x04: (Feb/06/1968) As Colonel Savrille 

The Felony Squad (1966) 
  No Sad Songs for Charlie 02x15: (Dec/14/1967) As Charles Murdock 

Cimarron Strip (1967) 
  The Beast That Walks Like a Man 01x11: (Nov/30/1967) As Joshua Broom 

Tarzan (1966) (1966) 
  Curse of the Mugumba Tree 02x06: (Oct/20/1967) As Burnett 
  Jungle Dragnet 01x25: (Mar/03/1967) As Thompson 

Captain Nice (1967) 
  Tastes OK But Something's Missing 01x12: (Apr/10/1967) As Harry Houseman 

Mission: Impossible (1966) (1966) 
  The Frame 01x17: (Jan/21/1967) As Jack Wellman 

The Virginian (1962) 
  Letter of the Law 04x14: (Dec/22/1965) As Charles Sanders 
  Dangerous Road 03x26: (Mar/17/1965) As Bob Coulter 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  The Hostage 11x12: (Dec/04/1965) As Carl Mandee 
  Miguel's Daughter 05x12: (Nov/28/1959) As Miguel Ramirez 
  Overland Express 03x38: (May/31/1958) As Jim Nation 
  How to Cure a Friend 02x07: (Nov/10/1956) As Enoch Mills 

Combat! (1962) 
  The Old Men 04x10: (Nov/16/1965) As Pvt. Clawson 
  The Long Way Home (2) 02x05: (Oct/15/1963) As Sgt. Tom Akers 
  The Long Way Home (1) 02x04: (Oct/08/1963) As Sgt. Tom Akers 

Get Smart (1965) (1965) 
  The Day Smart Turned Chicken 01x08: (Nov/06/1965) As Cowboy 

Rawhide (1959) 
  Encounter at Boot Hill 08x01: (Sep/14/1965) As Sheriff Blaine 
  Incident of the Travellin' Man 06x04: (Oct/17/1963) As Bolivar Jagger 

Profiles in Courage (1964) 
  Edmund G. Ross 01x19: (Mar/21/1965) As Fuller 
  Gen. Alexander William Doniphan 01x10: (Jan/17/1965) As Captain Bogart 

The Rogues (1964) 
  The Bartered MacBride 01x24: (Feb/28/1965) As Absalom 

Slattery's People (1964) 
  Question: How Do You Catch a Cool Bird of Paradise? 01x18: (Feb/12/1965) As Murray Keller 

Mr. Novak (1963) 
  With a Hammer in His Hand, Lord, Lord! 02x02: (Sep/29/1964) As Carl Green 

The Outer Limits (1963) 
  Second Chance 01x23: (Mar/02/1964) As Empyrian Alien 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  Bonus Baby 06x13: (Dec/20/1963) As Antonio Malfi 

The Bill Dana Show (1963) 
  The Bank Hold-Up 01x06: (Nov/03/1963) As Mr. Brown 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  Four Kings 01x05: (Nov/01/1963) As Major Stern 

My Favorite Martian (1963) 
  My Favorite Martin 01x01: (Sep/29/1963) As Lieutenant Murphy 

The Untouchables (1959) (1959) 
  The Jazz Man 04x27: (Apr/30/1963) As Russ Bogan 
  Downfall 03x22: (May/03/1962) As Pete "the Persuader" Kalmisky 
  The Canada Run 03x11: (Jan/04/1962) As Joe "Mr. Pal" Palakopolous, [Special Guest Stars]

Stoney Burke (1962) 
  Image of Glory 01x18: (Feb/04/1963) As Sam Hagen 

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  The Thirty-Fathom Grave 04x02: (Jan/10/1963) As Captain Beecham 
  The Rip Van Winkle Caper 02x24: (Apr/21/1961) As DeCruz 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Donna Fuller Story 06x14: (Dec/19/1962) As Alonzo Galezio 
  The Countess Baranof Story 03x31: (May/11/1960) As Colonel Vasily 

Car 54, Where are You? (1961) 
  Hail to the Chief 02x01: (Sep/16/1962) As Mr. Cordner 

Ben Casey (1961) 
  When You See an Evil Man 01x32: (May/28/1962) As Jake 

Cain's Hundred (1961) 
  The New Order 01x22: (Mar/06/1962) As Walter Hayes 

Adventures in Paradise (1959) 
  The Beach at Belle Anse 03x22: (Mar/04/1962) As McGraw 
  Wild Mangoes 02x29: (May/08/1961) As Red Mulligan 
  Beached 01x29: (May/02/1960) As John Briggs 
  Lady from South Chicago 01x04: (Nov/02/1959) As Martin Quirk 

Bus Stop (US) (1961) 
  Cry to Heaven 01x16: (Jan/14/1962) As Sgt. Brokaw 

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  To Walk with the Serpent 02x14: (Jan/05/1962) As Ben Newcombe 

The New Breed (1961) 
  To None a Deadly Drug 01x04: (Oct/24/1961) As Felix Paschal 

Perry Mason (1957) 
  The Case of the Misguided Missile 04x25: (May/06/1961) As Captain Caldwell 
  The Case of the Frantic Flyer 03x12: (Jan/09/1960) As Howard Walters 

Outlaws (1960) (1960) 
  The Bell 01x17: (Mar/09/1961) As Neil Gwinner 

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  Image of a Doctor 09x22: (Feb/26/1961) As Director 

Zane Grey Theatre (1956) 
  Sundown Smith 04x25: (Mar/24/1960) As Jesse Harp 
  Death in a Wood 04x11: (Dec/17/1959) As Townsend 

Bronco (1958) 
  Every Man a Hero 02x12: (Feb/23/1960) As Sgt. Ross 

The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor (1959) 
  Conspiracy of Silence 01x18: (Feb/12/1960) As Nick Stahl 

Men into Space (1959) 
  Quarantine 01x13: (Dec/30/1959) As Dr. Horton 

The Alaskans (1959) 
  Doc Booker 01x10: (Dec/06/1959) As Doc. Booker 

Tightrope (US) (1959) 
  The Cracking Point 01x05: (Oct/06/1959) As Bill Mitchell 

Naked City (1958) 
  A Little Piece of the Action 01x34: (May/19/1959) As Duke 

Black Saddle (1959) 
  Client: Mowery 01x11: (Mar/28/1959) As Grat Mowery 

Kraft Television Theatre (1947) (1947) 
  Web of Guilt 11x46: (Aug/27/1958) As Hank Kovatch 
  Focus on Murder 11x41: (Jul/23/1958) As guest star 
  Anna Santonello 09x44: (Aug/08/1956) As guest star 

Have Gun, Will Travel (1957) 
  The Statue of San Sebastian 01x39: (Jun/14/1958) As Sancho Fernandez 

Suspense (US) (1949) 
  Halloween Hold Up 03x10: (Oct/31/1950) As guest star 

Decoy (1957) 
  Saturday Was Lost 01x24: (Unknown) As Sgt. Steve Necclo 
  Dream Fix 01x05: (Unknown) As Lieutenant 
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