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Simon Oates
Born 1932 - Died 20th May 2009
Thanks to David Tulley for the signed photograph (Left)

Simon Oates was an English actor best known for his roles on television.He was born in Canning Town, East London, and subsequently moving to Finchley in his teens, Oates trained as a heating engineer for his father's firm, before becoming an actor. Working in theatrical rep during the 1950s he was leading man at York Theatre Royal for some years, before getting a big break in television in the science fiction series Doomwatch as Dr. John Ridge, for which he is perhaps best known. (Co-stars included John Paul as Dr. Spencer Quist and Robert Powell as Toby Wren). He appeared regularly as Anthony Kelly in the 1960s espionage series The Mask of Janus and its spin-off series The Spies. His many guest appearances include: The Avengers, Man in a Suitcase, Department S, Jason King, The New Avengers, The Professionals and Bergerac.

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.

In tandem with his straight acting career, Simon also appeared many times as a stand-up comic and compere, working with such stars as Tom Jones, Sandie Shaw, and The Who. He also appeared at the London Palladium with Dorothy Squires. He directed Woman in a Dressing Gown, starring Brenda Bruce at The Vaudeville Theatre. He also directed many musicals and straight plays on the touring circuit.

The 10 Percenters .... Roddy Preston (1 episode, 1993)
Pilot (1993) TV episode .... Roddy Preston
Jewels (1992) (TV) .... Edward Thompson
... aka Danielle Steel's 'Jewels'

 The Play On One - Gas And Candles 1st August 1991...Politician

Bergerac .... Michael Faraday (1 episode, 1991)
The Waiting Game (1991) TV episode .... Michael Faraday

Doppelgänger (1989) .... Herr Klein

 Remington Steele".... Earl of Claridge (2 episodes, 1985)
   - Steele Searching: Part 2 (1985) TV episode .... Earl of Claridge
   - Steele Searching: Part 1 (1985) TV episode .... Earl of Claridge

That's My Boy .... Brother Laidlaw (1 episode, 1984)
   - Light and Shade (1984) TV episode .... Brother Laidlaw
Strangers and Brothers .... Major Darling (2 episodes, 1984)
   - Episode #1.9 (1984) TV episode .... Major Darling
   - Episode #1.8 (1984) TV episode .... Major Darling 

The Professionals .... Tully (1 episode, 1980)
   - Need to Know (1980) TV episode .... Tully

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.... James McIntyre (1 episode)
The Case of the Shrunken Heads (????) TV episode .... James McIntyre
Breakaway.... Larry Foster (1 episode, 1980)
... aka "Breakaway: The Family Affair" (UK: first part title)
... aka "Breakaway: The Local Affair" (UK: second part title)
    - The Family Affair (1980) TV episode .... Larry Foster
ITV Playhouse .... Nathan (1 episode, 1979)
   - No, Mama, No (1979) TV episode .... Nathan

The New Avengers .... Spelman (1 episode, 1977)
... aka "Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir" (France: dubbed version)
... aka "The New Avengers in Canada" (Canada: English title: last season title)
    - Hostage (1977) TV episode .... Spelman

Beasts .... Peter Wager (1 episode, 1976)
   - The Dummy (1976) TV episode .... Peter Wager
Doomwatch .... Dr. John Ridge (29 episodes, 1970-1972)
   - Cause of Death (1972) TV episode .... Dr. John Ridge
   - Deadly Dangerous Tomorrow (1972) TV episode .... Dr. John Ridge
   - Waiting for a Knighthood (1972) TV episode .... Dr. John Ridge
   - Fire & Brimstone (1972) TV episode .... Dr. John Ridge
   - Public Enemy (1971) TV episode .... Dr. John Ridge
     (24 more)
Jason King .... Broggi (1 episode, 1972)
   - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else (1972) TV episode .... Broggi
Doomwatch (1972) .... Dr. John Ridge
... aka Island of the Ghouls (USA: reissue title)
The Expert .... David Lynch (1 episode, 1969)
   - Your Money for My Life (1969) TV episode .... David Lynch
The Main Chance .... Godfrey Allen (1 episode, 1969)
   - Liar's Dice (1969) TV episode .... Godfrey Allen
Dr. Finlay's Casebook .... Dr. Kimber (1 episode, 1969)
   - The Facts of Life (1969) TV episode .... Dr. Kimber
Department S .... Mike Taylor (1 episode, 1969)
   - The Trojan Tanker (1969) TV episode .... Mike Taylor
The Jazz Age .... Ivor (1 episode, 1968)
   - Lily Christine (1968) TV episode .... Ivor
The Avengers .... Maskin / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
   - Super Secret Cypher Snatch (1968) TV episode .... Maskin
Synopsis: Steed and Tara investigate the murder of an agent from Cypher HQ. Their progress is stunted by the other Cypher personnel, who insist that they've never seen the dead man. Even so, someone is leaking secrets to the enemy, and the trail of clues leads to an offbeat window-cleaning service.
   - You Have Just Been Murdered (1967) TV episode .... Skelton
Detective .... Terence O'Leary (1 episode, 1968)
   - The High Adventure (1968) TV episode .... Terence O'Leary

 Man in a Suitcase .... Simon Croft (1 episode, 1968)
   - Web with Four Spiders (1968) TV episode .... Simon Croft

The Three Musketeers .... Duke of Buckingham (4 episodes, 1966-1967)
   - Walk to the Scaffold (1967) TV episode .... Duke of Buckingham
- Scandal (1966) TV episode .... Duke of Buckingham

- Audacity (1966) TV episode .... Duke of Buckingham

- Peril (1966) TV episode .... Duke of Buckingham
The Spies(1966) TV series .... Anthony Kelly (unknown episodes)
"The Mask of Janus" .... Anthony Kelly (1 episode, 1965)
   - Them Is Anyone That Isn't Us (1965) TV episode .... Anthony Kelly
Contract to Kill.... Stewart Summers (1 episode, 1965)
   - Demand for Vengeance (1965) TV episode .... Stewart Summers
Night Train to Paris (1964) .... Saunders
Compact (2 episodes, 1964)
   - Over the Wall (1964) TV episode
    - To the Rescue (1964) TV episode
No Hiding Place .... Celestino (1 episode, 1964)
   - My Father Is My Brother (1964) TV episode .... Celestino
Armchair Theatre .... Sgt Maggs (2 episodes, 1961)
... aka "Armpit Theatre" (UK: informal title)
    - Roll on Blooming Death (1961) TV episode .... Sgt Maggs
   - A Head Full of Crocodiles (1961) TV episode
BBC Sunday-Night Play .... Tom Veryan (1 episode, 1960)
   - Twentieth Century Theatre: The Vortex (1960) TV episode .... Tom Veryan
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1 episode, 1959)
   - Shadow of Heroes (1959) TV episode
As himself:
The Cult of... .... Himself (1 episode, 2006)
   - Doomwatch (2006) TV episode .... Himself
The Avengers: The Journey Back (1999) (TV) .... Himself

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.

The Cast

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

Plot Synopsis
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.

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