Simon Oakland (August 28, 1915 – August 29, 1983) was an American actor of stage, screen, and television.During his career, Oakland performed primarily on television, appearing in over 130 series and made-for-television movies between 1951 and 1983. His most notable big-screen roles were in Psycho (1960), West Side Story (1961), The Sand Pebbles (1966), Bullitt (1969), The Hunting Party (1971), and Chato's Land (1972).
Oakland was married to Lois Lorraine Porta. The couple had one daughter, Barbara.
Oakland was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, the eldest of the three sons of Jacob Weiss and Ethel Oaklander. His father was a plasterer and builder. 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 vital records indicate he was born Simon Weiss in 1915; his stage name was derived from his mother's maiden name, Oaklander.He began his performing career as a musician (he was a violinist, an avocation he pursued 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.