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Simon Oakland (August 28, 1915 – August 29, 1983) was an American actor of stage, screen, and television.

Early life and career

Oakland was born in Brooklynmarker, New York Citymarker. He began his performing arts career as a musician (he was a violinist, a vocation he would enjoy his entire career as an actor). He began his acting career in the late 1940s. He enjoyed a series of Broadwaymarker 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 on the right side of the law (or in positions of authority), most notably in Psycho (in which he plays the psychiatrist who explains the behavior of Norman Bates), West Side Story, Captain Bennett in Bullitt, and as the cantankerous Antonio Vincenzo (Kolchak's boss) in the science fiction television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Simon Oakland died of cancer, one day after his 68th birthday (29 August 1983), in Cathedral City, Californiamarker.

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