Wheeler Oakman
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Wheeler Oakman

Wheeler Vivian Oakman
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Oakman in The Spoilers (1914)
BornFebruary 21, 1890
Washington, D.C., United States
DiedMarch 19, 1949(1949-03-19) (aged 59)
Van Nuys, California, United States
Resting placeValhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Priscilla Dean (m.1920–div.1926)
Mary Eloise Timothy

Wheeler Vivian Oakman (February 21, 1890 - March 19, 1949) was an American film actor.[1][2]

Early years

Oakman was born in Washington, D.C., and educated in that city's schools.[1][3] He grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, after moving there from Washington.[4]


Before acting in films, Oakman was active in stock theater in the eastern United States.[5]

Oakman appeared in over 280 films between 1912 and 1948. In silent films, he was often a leading man. Among his leading ladies were Priscilla Dean,[5]Kathlyn Williams, Colleen Moore and Annette Kellerman. His most successful movie was Mickey,[] a 1918 comedy-drama, in which he played the love interest of Mabel Normand.

By the time talkies came in, his career was in decline, and he often portrayed villains or henchman, and rarely had a leading role.

In 1932, he appeared alongside Buck Jones in Sundown Rider and John Wayne in Texas Cyclone.

Later years

Before his death, Oakman was assistant manager of a North Hollywood theater.[5]

Personal life and death

Oakman in 1920 married actress Priscilla Dean, his costar in Outside the Law (1920) and The Virgin of Stamboul (1920).[3] After their divorce in 1926, he wed Mary Eloise Timothy, although the exact year of that marriage remains undetermined.

In 1949, at age 59, Oakman died in Van Nuys, California.[1] He was interred at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood, California. There is no marker on his grave.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b c "Wheeler Oakman". New York Times. March 20, 1949.
  2. ^ "Seven Reels of Speech". The New York Times. July 9, 1928.
  3. ^ a b Katchmer, George A. (2002). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 283. ISBN 9780786446933. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Spiller, L.P. (August 1915). "Wheeler Oakman, Youngest Leading Man". The Movie Magazine. Movie Magazine Publishing Company, Incorporated. 1 (6): 36. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Star of Silent Films Succumbs in Hollywood". Joplin Globe. Missouri, Joplin. Associated Press. March 20, 1949. p. 9. Retrieved 2018 – via Newspapers.com.open access

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