Warren Oates

Warren Oates was an American actor who began his acting career in 1957, starring in a live New York production of the television series "Studio One." He moved to Los Angeles and appeared in numerous television western series. Oates made four appearances in THE RIFLEMAN, portraying Andrew Shelton in "The Marshal" (episode 4), Jud Malackie in "Bloodlines" (episode 42), Santos in "The Prodigal" (episode 71), Marty Ryan in "Miss Milly" (episode 84), Will Breen in "Day of Reckoning" (episode 139). He met Sam Peckinpah working on THE RIFLEMAN, which began a collaborative relationship on later film projects. He was a prolific actor best-known for his roles in the Peckinpah classics, "The Wild Bunch" (1969) and "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" (1974). His most critically acclaimed role was playing GTO in the 1971 Monte Hellman cult classic "Two-Lane Blacktop." Oates passed away in 1983 and a decade later, in 1993, Tom Thurman produced a documentary tribute film honoring his career, "Warren Oates: Across the Border."

Known For


Cast Credits

East of Eden (1981)
Starring as Cyrus Trask
A Man Called Shenandoah (1965)
Guest starring as Sergeant Ryder
  • Episode 1x03: The Fort (Sep 27, 1965) [Co-Star]
Branded (1965)
Guest starring as Pierce Crowley
  • Episode 2x01: Judge Not (Sep 12, 1965) [Special Guest Star]
Guest starring as Frank Crowley
  • Episode 2x01: Judge Not (Sep 12, 1965) [Special Guest Star]
The Westerner (1960)
Guest starring as Drunk
  • Episode 1x01: Jeff (Sep 30, 1960)
Shotgun Slade (1959)
Guest starring as Pony
The Twilight Zone (1959)
Guest starring as Jeep Driver
Rawhide (1959)
Guest starring as Charlie "Rabbit" Waters
Guest starring as Weed
Guest starring as Jesse Gufler
The Rifleman (1958)
Guest starring as Andrew Shelton
Trackdown (1957)
Guest starring as Deputy Norvil
Guest starring as Lute Borden
Guest starring as Kelly Hooker
  • Episode 2x58: Fear (Mar 18, 1959)
Wagon Train (1957)
Guest starring as Private Silas Carpenter
Have Gun, Will Travel (1957)
Guest starring as John Bosworth