Simon Oakland

About Simon Oakland

Who is it?: Actor
Birth Day: August 28, 1915
Birth Place:  New York City, New York, United States
Cause of death: Colon cancer
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1951–1983
Spouse(s): Lois Porta (c. 1944–1983, his death; one child)

Simon Oakland

Simon Oakland was born on August 28, 1915 in  New York City, New York, United States, is Actor. 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 Susan Hayward's "Barbara Graham" 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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As per our current Database, Simon Oakland has been died on August 29, 1983(1983-08-29) (aged 68)\nCathedral City, California, U.S..

🎂 Simon Oakland - Age, Bio, Faces and Birthday

When Simon Oakland die, Simon Oakland was 68 years old.

Popular As Simon Oakland
Occupation Actor
Age 68 years old
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Born August 28, 1915 ( New York City, New York, United States)
Birthday August 28
Town/City  New York City, New York, United States
Nationality United States

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Simon Oakland’s zodiac sign is Virgo. According to astrologers, Virgos are always paying attention to the smallest details and their deep sense of humanity makes them one of the most careful signs of the zodiac. Their methodical approach to life ensures that nothing is left to chance, and although they are often tender, their heart might be closed for the outer world. This is a sign often misunderstood, not because they lack the ability to express, but because they won’t accept their feelings as valid, true, or even relevant when opposed to reason. The symbolism behind the name speaks well of their nature, born with a feeling they are experiencing everything for the first time.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Simon Oakland was born in the Year of the Rabbit. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rabbit enjoy being surrounded by family and friends. They’re popular, compassionate, sincere, and they like to avoid conflict and are sometimes seen as pushovers. Rabbits enjoy home and entertaining at home. Compatible with Goat or Pig.

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Oakland was married to Lois Lorraine Porta (1918–2003). The couple had one daughter, Barbara.


Oakland was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, the son of a plasterer and builder Jacob Weiss and his wife Ethel Oaklander. While he later claimed in media interviews to have been born in 1922 (a date repeated in his New York Times obituary), Social Security and death indexes indicate he was born Simon Weiss in 1915; his stage name was likely derived from his mother's maiden name, Oaklander.


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.


In 1955 Oakland made his film debut, though uncredited, as an Indiana state trooper in The Desperate Hours. He next appeared in two films released in 1958: as the character Mavrayek in The Brothers Karamazov and then in the role of Edward Montgomery in I Want to Live! The character Montgomery was a real-life Journalist, who had reported on the California murder trial and 1955 execution of Barbara Graham, played by Susan Hayward in the film. Oakland's portrayal of the Journalist as a "tough, but compassionate" personality resulted in the actor's often being typecast in his subsequent roles in both films and on television.


Simon Oakland continued working up to the year of his death. His last credited acting appearance was ironically in the episode "Living and Presumed Dead" on the CBS television series Tucker's Witch. That episode aired just three months before Oakland died of colon cancer in Cathedral City, California, on August 29, 1983, a day after the actor's 68th birthday.

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