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Vernon Schillinger is one of the main protagonists as well as antagonists in the TV series Oz.

He was portrayed by J.K Simmons who also played Terence Fletcher from Whiplash and voiced Kai from Kung Fu Panda 3.


Schillinger is the leader of the Aryan Brotherhood in Oz penitentiary. He deeply hates and occasionally kills Jews, black men, and homosexuals (which is ironic since he also rapes male inmates).

Vernon Schillinger is also the main antagonist of Tobias Beecher's storyline. After being his sex slave for a whole season, Beecher ends up fighting back, humiliating his rapist. The rest of the series have them trying to hurt each other the most possible, which gets them to have the son of the other killed.

Schillinger does have, like all inmates, some moments of kindness. He loves his sons (to whom he transmitted his beliefs) and tries to support his stepdaughter, who gave birth to his grandchild. However, Schillinger is also one of the most cruel and dangerous criminals featured in Oz, and despite sometimes wishing to, never stops to make a hell out of Beecher and other inmates' lives.


As the 'Head of the Aryan Brotherhood', Schillinger is viruently racist, anti-Semitic, anti-muslim, homophobic and power-hungry.

Schillinger is also a combination of a fearmonger and hatemonger, since he wants to make the inmates at Oz fear the Brotherhood in order to gain power over Oz, and as such, spread racism and anti-Semitism all-over Oz.

Schillinger is also very sadistic and abusive, especially towards Tobias Beecher, whom Schillinger becomes very vengeful towards when Beecher attacks him.