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Wheeler Oakman

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Wheeler Oakman
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Oakman in The Spoilers (1914)
Vivian Eichelberger

February 21, 1890
DiedMarch 19, 1949(1949-03-19) (aged 59)
Resting placeValhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Spouse(s)Priscilla Dean (m.1920–div.1926)
Virginia Jennings (m.1927–div.1930?)
Frances Jones (m.1932–div.?)

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

Early years

Oakman was born as Vivian Eichelberger[3] in Washington, D.C., and educated in that city's schools.[1][4] He grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, after moving there from Washington.[5]


Before acting in films, Oakman was active in stock theater in the eastern United States.[6]

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,[6] Kathlyn Williams, Colleen Moore and Annette Kellerman. His most successful movie was Mickey,[citation needed] a 1918 comedy-drama, in which he played the love interest of Mabel Normand.

In 1928, he had a prominent role as the crime boss in the first all talking feature movie ever made, Lights of New York. Later in the sound era, his career declined, and he often portrayed villains or even henchman, frequently appearing in crime thrillers, melodramas and in Westerns.

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

Later years

Just prior to his death, Oakman was the assistant manager of a North Hollywood theater.[6]

Personal life and death

In 1920, Oakman married popular actress Priscilla Dean, his costar in Outside the Law (1920) and The Virgin of Stamboul (1920).[4] They were divorced in 1926. On September 22, 1927, he married Virginia Jennings in Los Angeles.[7] On December 27, 1932, he married Frances I. Jones in Las Vegas, Nevada.[8]

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.[citation needed]

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. ^ "Wheeler Oakman". B-Westerns. 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Katchmer, George A. (2002). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 283. ISBN 9780786446933. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b c "Star of Silent Films Succumbs in Hollywood". Joplin Globe. Missouri, Joplin. Associated Press. March 20, 1949. p. 9. Retrieved June 13, 2018 – via open access
  7. ^ California Marriage Records: Index to Marriages. (subscription required)
  8. ^ "Actor Oakman weds". Daily News. New York, New York City. December 28, 1932. p. 8. Retrieved October 6, 2021 – via

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