~Wheeler Oakman~

Born: February 21, 1890 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Died: March 19, 1949 in Van Nuys, California, USA
~Biography~
In films from 1912, Wheeler Oakman was one of the silent era's sturdiest leading men. Oakman's
co-stars ranged from Mabel Normand (Mickey, 1918) to Jackie Coogan (Peck's Bad Boy, 1921) to his
one-time spouse Priscilla Dean. He made an auspicious sound-film debut in the first all-talking
feature film, 1928's The Lights of New York; as gangster Hawk Miller, it was Oakman who coined the
immortal crime-flick catchphrase "Take him for a ride" (each word carefully articulated into the
primitive "mike" hidden in the candlestick telephone on Hawk Miller's desk). In films until his death
in 1949, Wheeler Oakman essayed dozens of character roles in the 1930s and 1940s, usually as
slightly seedy criminal masterminds; he was prominently featured in several East Side Kids films, as
well as such serials as The Lost Jungle (1934), Darkest Africa (1936), Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars
(1938), Buck Rogers (1939), Brenda Starr (1945), Jack Armstrong (1947), Brick Bradford (1947), and
Superman (1948).

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Filmography~
Handcuffed (1929) .... Tom Bennett  
The Shakedown (1929) .... Manager
The Devil's Chaplain (1929) .... Nicholay
Morgan's Last Raid (1929) .... John Bland
What a Night! (1928) .... Mike Corney
The Power of the Press (1928) .... Van
While the City Sleeps (1928) .... Skeeter
The Good-Bye Kiss (1928) .... Sgt. Hoffman
The Masked Angel (1928) .... Luther Spence
... aka Her Love Cottage (UK)
Black Feather (1928)
Danger Patrol (1928) .... George Gambler
Top Sergeant Mulligan (1928) .... The captain
The Broken Mask (1928) .... Dr. Gordon White
The Heart of Broadway (1928) .... 'Dandy Jim' Doyle
... aka Restless Youth (UK)
Out All Night (1927) .... Kerrigan
Hey! Hey! Cowboy (1927) .... John Evans
The Snarl of Hate (1927) .... Boy Maxson
Heroes of the Night (1927) .... Jack Nichols
Fangs of Justice (1926) .... Paul Orr
In Borrowed Plumes (1926) .... Jack Raymond
... aka Borrowed Plumes (UK)
The Pace That Thrills (1925) .... Director
Lilies of the Streets (1925) .... Frank Delmore
Other Men's Daughters (1923) .... 'Winnie'
The Love Trap (1923) .... Grant Garrison
Mine to Keep (1923) .... Clint Mowbray
Slippy McGee (1923) .... Slippy McGee
The Half Breed (1922) .... Delmar Spavinaw (the halfbreed)
The Son of the Wolf (1922) .... Scruff Mackenzie
A Wise Fool (1921) (uncredited)
Penny of Top Hill Trail (1921) .... Kurt Walters
Peck's Bad Boy (1921) .... Dr. Martin
Outside the Law (1920) .... Dapper Bill Ballard
What Women Love (1920) .... Willy St. John
The Virgin of Stamboul (1920) .... Capt. Carlisle Pemberton

Eve in Exile (1919) .... Paul Armitage
A Woman of Pleasure (1919) .... Bobby Ralston
Back to God's Country (1919) .... Peter Burke
The Splendid Sin (1919) .... Stephen Hartley
False Evidence (1919) .... Burr Gordon
Mickey (1918) .... Herbert Thornhill
The Claim (1918) .... John MacDonald
Revenge (1918) .... Dick Randall
I Love You (1918) .... Armand de Gautier
Face Value (1917) .... Bertram Van Twiller
Princess Virtue (1917) .... Basil Demarest
The Law North of 65 (1917)
The Victor of the Plot (1917)
Between Man and Beast (1917)
Her Salvation (1917)
Betrayed (1917) .... William Jerome
Her Heart's Desire (1917)
The Love of Madge O'Mara (1917)
The Crisis (1916) (unconfirmed)
The Brand of Cain (1916)
The Private Banker (1916)
The Battle of Hearts (1916) .... Jo Sprague
... aka A Battle of Hearts (copyright title)
The Cycle of Fate (1916) .... Joe Strong
A Social Deception (1916)
The Ne'er Do Well (1916) .... Kirk Anthony
Toll of the Jungle (1916)
Hell's Hinges (1916) (uncredited) .... Rowdy townsman
The Black Orchid (1916)
The Dragnet (1916) .... Bill Avery
The Devil-in-Chief (1916)
The Golden Spurs (1915) .... Lt. Dick Belmont
Just as I Am (1915)
Sweet Alyssum (1915) .... Wynne Garlan
The Runt (1915)
'Neath Calvary's Shadows (1915)
The Strange Case of Talmai Lind (1915)
Ebb Tide (1915)
The Rosary (1915) .... Bruce Wilton
Willie Goes to Sea (1915) .... Willie
The Melting Pot (1915) (uncredited)
The Carpet from Bagdad (1915) .... George P.A. Jones
The Vision of the Shepherd (1915)
Till Death Us Do Part (1914)
In the Days of the Thundering Herd (1914) .... Chief Swift Wing
... aka The Thundering Herd (USA: reissue title)
Her Sacrifice (1914)
The Story of the Blood Red Rose (1914) .... Paolo, Godiva's Lover
The Losing Fight (1914)
The Tragedy That Lived (1914)
The Woman of It (1914)
Hearts and Masks (1914)
The Going of the White Swan (1914) .... John Bagot
The Lonesome Trail (1914)
When the West Was Young (1914) .... Ned Halton
Chip of the Flying U (1914) .... Weary
The White Mouse (1914) .... Billy Silver
The Reveler (1914)
The Speck on the Wall (1914)
Willie (1914) .... Willie
Etienne of the Glad Heart (1914) .... Etienne
When the Cook Fell Ill (1914) .... Weary
The Mother Heart (1914)
The Squatters (1914) .... Antonio Angelo
The Wilderness Mail (1914) .... Jan, the Trapper
His Fight (1914)
In Defiance of the Law (1914) .... Billy McVeigh
Me an' Bill (1914)
Shotgun Jones (1914)
The Cherry Pickers (1914) .... Lt. John Nazare
The Spoilers (1914) .... The Broncho Kid, alias of Drury
The Fire Jugglers (1914)
The Salvation of Nance O'Shaughnessy (1914)
The Smuggler's Sister (1914) .... The Revenue Officer
The Tragedy of Ambition (1914)
The Uphill Climb (1914) .... Frank Cameron
On the Breast of the Tide (1914)
The Lily of the Valley (1914)
A Dip in the Briney (1913)
Until the Sea... (1913) .... John Wendle
The Master of the Garden (1913)
Terrors of the Jungle (1913)
The Hopeless Dawn (1913)
... aka A Mind in the Shadow
Phantoms (1913) .... Matt Elliott
The Ne'er to Return Road (1913)
A Wild Ride (1913)
Budd Doble Comes Back (1913)
Songs of Truce (1913)
When Men Forget (1913)
Mrs. Hilton's Jewels (1913)
When Lillian Was Little Red Riding Hood (1913)
Alone in the Jungle (1913)
The Wordless Message (1913)
In the Long Ago (1913)
Her Guardian (1913)
Hiram Buys an Auto (1913)
Dollar Down, Dollar a Week (1913)
Alas! Poor Yorick! (1913)
Vengeance Is Mine (1913)
A Prisoner of Cabanas (1913)
Sally in Our Alley (1913/II)
The Dancer's Redemption (1913)
The Story of Lavinia (1913)
The Flaming Forge (1913)
The Early Bird (1913)
The Artist and the Brute (1913)
The Three Wise Men (1913)
A Revolutionary Romance (1913)
Greater Wealth (1913)
The Little Organ Player of San Juan (1912)
The Last of Her Tribe (1912)
The Millionaire Vagabonds (1912) .... Mr. Knobhill
Opitsah: Apache for Sweetheart (1912)
The God of Gold (1912)
The Vintage of Fate (1912) .... Pietro
When Helen Was Elected (1912)
Saved by Fire (1912/II) .... Manley
Her Educator (1912)
A Sad Devil (1912)
How the Cause Was Won (1912) .... Tom Clarke
The Great Drought (1912)
The Pity of It (1912)
Partners (1912/II)
The Trade Gun Bullet (1912) (unconfirmed)
The Indelible Stain (1912)
Sergeant Byrne of the Northwest Mounted Police (1912)
... aka Sergeant Byrne of the N.W.M.P. (USA)
The Little Indian Martyr (1912)