Oates also appeared as John Steed in the stage adaptation of The Avengers with Sue Lloyd and Kate O'Mara. He worked extensively in theatre in Great Britain, the West End and indeed, the world throughout his career, both as an actor and a director, and lived in Canada for some time where he had a touring theatre company.
Doppelgänger (1989) .... Herr Klein
That's My Boy .... Brother Laidlaw (1 episode, 1984)
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.... James McIntyre (1 episode)
The New Avengers .... Spelman (1 episode, 1977)
Simon Oates returns to the West End Theatre in Francis Durbridge's hit thriller 'Suddenly At Home' with four leading ladies, left to right, Harriet Philpin, Moira Foot, Lesley Goldie, and Annette Andre.Photo: Frank Barratt/Getty Images. Jan 12, 1973
Simon Oates as Skelton in The Avengers (You Have Just Been Murdered). Starred as John Steed in The Avengers stageshow Also in The New Avengers episode "Hostage" as Spelman (hair change!). Also, The Beasts episode "Dummy" as Peter Wager
The Terrornauts (1967) 75 mins, Sci-Fi, Colour UK - Film
Director: Montgomery Tully
Starring: Simon Oates, Zena Marshall, Charles Hawtrey, Patricia Hayes
What would happen if you were British, obsessed with Irwin Allen and completely bombed out on Quaaludes and Gin? One can only imagine we suppose, but it isn’t entirely irresponsible to speculate that it would be something akin to the Terrornauts. Only the British would fill their moon base with wood paneling, coat racks, maids, tea pots and candelabras. Don’t think this a negative critique however...It's like a really druggy, Willy Wonka-esque Lost in Space episode. The colors, sets and unrestrained story managed to really bring out the childlike sense of wonder in us. There is always something really cool just around the corner--it packs a surprising amount of twisty richness into its short 75 minutes. Another solid brick in the wall of proof that drugs and kids movies are a pretty marvelous union--its just a bit of a different set of drugs than we are used to!
The Production Team
Director: Montgomery Tully.
Producer: Max Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky.
Script: John Brunner. (based on the Murray Leinster novel The Wailing Asteroid)
Cinematography: Geoffrey Faithfull.
Film Editing: Peter Musgrave.
Production Design: Bill Constable.
Makeup Department: Dorrie Hamilton and Olive Mills.
Sound Department: Laurie Clarkson and Stanley Smith.
Original Music: Elisabeth Lutyens.
Simon Oates - Dr. Joe Burke
Zena Marshall - Sandy Lund
Charles Hawtrey - Joshua Yellowlees
Patricia Hayes - =Mrs. Jones
Stanley Meadows - Ben Keller
Max Adrian - Dr. Henry Shore
Sci-fi drama based on Will F. Jenkins novel The Wailing Asteroid, which Jenkins published under his pseudonym of Murray Leinster. It's a mediocre sci-fi tale symbolising the danger to planet Earth if we're not vigilant, but with second-rate special effects and weak direction it doesn't add up to anything more than a kitsch science-fiction adventure with Charles Hawtrey and Patricia Hayes on hand to provide comic relief. Screened in the US in 1967, the film only received a release in Britain in cut form in 1971.
Dr. Joe Burke (Simon Oates) is the British astronomer behind Operation Star Talk, a sponsored project listening out for, and trying to contact intelligent alien civilisations. After years without anything, they begin to receive an oscillating electric signal, one Burke heard as a child, and he gets more than he bargained for when an alien spacecraft transports the observatory and its inhabitants to another world. They are exposed to a savage race that was formerly a civilized colony, and given a warning about the future.