Wheeler Oakman

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

Wheeler Vivian Oakman
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
Spouse(s)Priscilla Dean (m.1920div.1926)
Mary Eloise Timothy

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. "Wheeler Oakman". New York Times. March 20, 1949.
  2. "Seven Reels of Speech". The New York Times. July 9, 1928.
  3. Katchmer, George A. (2002). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 283. ISBN 9780786446933. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  4. Spiller, L.P. (August 1915). "Wheeler Oakman, Youngest Leading Man". The Movie Magazine. Movie Magazine Publishing Company, Incorporated. 1 (6): 36. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  5. "Star of Silent Films Succumbs in Hollywood". Joplin Globe. Missouri, Joplin. Associated Press. March 20, 1949. p. 9. Retrieved June 13, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
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