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Vernon Schillinger
Vern Schillinger
Schillinger the "Proud American".
First appearance "The Routine" (episode 1.01)
Last appearance "Exeunt Omnes" (episode 6.08)
Reason/Cause Killed by Tobias Beecher
Prisoner No. 92S110
Aliases Vern
Gender Male
Age 48 (deceased)
Date of Conviction October 21, 1992
Date of Death February 23, 2003
Affiliations The Aryans & Chris Keller
Spouse Arlene Schillinger
Shirley Bellinger (ex lover)
Relatives Heinrick Schillinger (father)
Greta Schillinger (sister)
Andrew Schillinger (son)
Hank Schillinger (son)
Carrie Schillinger (daughter-in-law)
Jewel Schillinger (granddaughter)
Kill Count 1
Episode Count 56 Episodes
Portrayed by J.K. Simmons
"Schillinger! God DAMN IT! Schillinger! I've been here NINE F***ING YEARS! You'd think you'd know how to say my goddamn name!"
―Vernon Schillinger

Vernon Schillinger was the main antagonist of Tobias Beecher's storyline, and the primary Aryan inmate featured in Oz. Vernon Schillinger was also Ryan O'Reily's main antagonist in Season 3. Portrayed by J.K. Simmons.

Character Summary[]

Prisoner #92S110. Convicted October 21, 1992 - Aggravated assault in the first degree. Sentence: Eight years, eligible for parole in five. Convicted in 1998 of conspiracy to commit murder and sentenced to ten additional years without the possibility of parole.

Schillinger is the head of the The Aryan Brotherhood in Oz. He is an ardent racist, and is serving an eight-year sentence for beating a black drug dealer with a crowbar. The dealer was selling drugs to his sons.

Schillinger indulges in varying degrees of sexual sadism, especially toward fellow inmate Tobias Beecher, whom he rapes to "initiate" him into prison life. In addition to Beecher, Schillinger commits several acts of rape over the series against weaker white inmates, while ironically maintaining a hatred for homosexuals. Schillinger is also quick to have the Brotherhood kill other inmates to prove that the Aryans in Oz are a legitimate threat to the rest of the inmate population.

Schillinger has a number of major family issues throughout the series: his father, whom he hates, taught him everything he knows about racism; his sons are immoral drug addicts; he has disowned his sister for marrying a Jew; and his daughter-in-law is a prostitute with a baby of possibly mixed race. (A blood test would later prove that the baby is Hank's daughter.)

Schillinger has been raised by his father, Heinrick, to believe in a White Supremacist ideology since birth, developing a hatred for blacks, Jews, and other non-Aryan people. Throughout the series he uses ethnic slurs to refer to blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Arabs and Sicilians. Many members of Oz's Aryans who follow him are imprisoned for hate crimes (James Robson, Mark Mack and Wolfgang Cutler among others) and readily affiliate themselves with the Brotherhood under Schillinger's leadership. Interestingly enough, the narration of Augustus Hill in the season 3 episode 'Secret Identities' stated that Schillinger is a WASP.

Schillinger strongly objects to his name being mispronounced, averring that it should be "Schilling - ur", not "Schillin - jur".

Plot Summary[]

Season 1[]

Schillinger is the head of the Aryan Brotherhood, a gang of white supremacists. Their main goal is to put fear into the inmates who wish to take advantage of any whites inside of the prison. Schillinger starts off Season 1 as a cellmate of Tobias Beecher, a white lawyer imprisoned for vehicular manslaughter, who is also an educated family man not in any way fit for prison life. After Beecher is harassed by his terrifying cellmate, Simon Adebisi, Schillinger offers to let him move into his cell as long as he does not implicate Adebisi to Unit Manager Tim McManus. Beecher naïvely accepts the offer, unaware that Schillinger is a jailhouse rapist and that the Aryans only pull moves like this to make sexual slaves, or "prags", out of the newer white inmates. As a result, Schillinger takes advantage of Beecher's weakness once inside the cell and rapes him repeatedly, as well as burning a swastika on his buttocks.

Throughout this season, Schillinger is wary of the high-profile leader of the Muslim prisoners, Minister Kareem Said, because of Said's ability to gain access to, and in some cases influence, not only McManus but other local and state officials. He fears that Said has the potential to mobilize the black inmates in a takeover of the prison.

Schillinger frequently humiliates and sodomizes Beecher. He has a drag queen to doll him up like a woman and sing in the prison talent show to further his humiliation. Beecher subsequently begins using heroin, to cope with the daily rapes and degradation, much to Schillinger's disgust. Schillinger forces him to walk past the black inmates wearing a shirt bearing a Confederate Battle Flag hoping that Beecher will be murdered. Beecher, however, after taking some PCP from O'Reily, goes into a rage and throws a chair at Schillinger, shattering the "pod" (cell) glass and hitting Schillinger in the eye, temporarily blinding him. Once out of the hospital, McManus transfers him to Unit B, also known as “gen pop" (general prison population).

Following the transfer, Schillinger attempts to assault Beecher in the gym. Beecher, however, reacts fiercely, kicking Schillinger between the legs and then beating him unconscious with free weights before defecating on his face in front of some of Emerald City's inmates. This gains Beecher the respect of several inmates, such as Ryan O'Reily, Miguel Alvarez and even Adebisi, and harms the Brotherhood's reputation. Consequently, Beecher is sent to the hole. Meanwhile, Schillinger realizes how vulnerable he has become in "gen pop". He tells McManus how badly he needs to be paroled in his upcoming review so he can be with his family. McManus reluctantly allows him to move back into Emerald City.

In Emerald City, a riot breaks out, during which Schillinger lies low, allowing biker inmate, Scott Ross to command his Aryan troops. During the riot, Schillinger sees Correctional Officer Diane Whittlesey murder Ross after the SORT team supplies her with a gun.

Season 2[]

An investigation of the riot is led by law school dean Alvah Case. Despite the offer from Case for a letter of recommendation for parole, Schillinger covers up several details using his knowledge of Scott Ross' murder to blackmail Correctional Officer Wittlesey. All of the prisoners have been moved to General Population as Emerald City undergoes repairs.

10 months later when Emerald City is reopened, Schillinger is up for parole and Beecher begins taunting him and threatening to ruin his chance at freedom. Fed up, Schillinger goes to various inmates and attempts to hire one of them to kill his former cellmate. Almost every other gang in Oz (The Aryans, the Bikers, the Sicilians, the Latinos and the Homeboys) refuse. Beecher soon learns of Schillinger's actions and with the help of Diane Wittlesey and Tim McManus, not only gets Schillinger's parole hearing canceled, but extends his sentence by 10 years with a charge of conspiracy to commit murder as well, and he is moved out of Emerald City permanently.

In the meantime, Schillinger's sons, who are in their late teens, have been kicked out of their grandfather's house for their poor choices and drug problems. Schillinger is then brutally attacked by some black inmates in general population who find out about his role as a former leader of the Aryan Brotherhood. He and fellow Aryan, Mark Mack, then decide that the Brotherhood's reputation is at stake, feeling that the other inmates no longer fear them. They then decide to commit a "Road Kill", a random killing of a Jewish inmate to get the respect of their fellow inmates. They target Jewish inmate Alexander Vogel, then kill him hanging his body upside down with the word "JEW" carved into his chest. Warden Leo Glynn naturally suspects the Aryan Brotherhood, but Schillinger points out that any inmate or gang could have done it with the intention of framing the Aryans. Schillinger also insults Glynn's racial background, telling him his "people" (i.e., African-Americans) are just as anti-Semitic as the Aryans, in addition to humming and singing the song “Dixie” as he leaves the room. Glynn cannot find any evidence to support his suspicions and the Aryans are not prosecuted for the murder. As a result, the Aryans are once again respected and feared in Oz and Schillinger renews his plan for revenge against Beecher. He employs Chris Keller, a bisexual serial killer who once served time with him in another prison, to play a sick mind game on Beecher to break him down emotionally. As the plan goes forward, Beecher is informed of his wife's apparent suicide, and later Schillinger taunts Beecher about it, implying the possibility that Schillinger had her murdered and made it look like a suicide. (When Schillinger was bragging about things he had done to Beecher over the years to Mayor Loewen, he did not mention having Beecher's wife killed while bragging about having his son, father, and killed, implying that Schillinger did not actually have her killed) At about the same time, Cyril O'Reily, the mentally disabled brother of Irish inmate, Ryan O'Reily, arrives in Oz; wasting no time, Schillinger rapes him.

Meanwhile, Keller seduces Beecher, who begins to fall in love with him. However, this is all part of a master plan initiated by Schillinger to help break Beecher, by getting him to relapse into alcohol (which caused Beecher to come to OZ in the first place), as well as Keller seducing Beecher. When Beecher is emotionally at his lowest, Schillinger, Keller, and Aryan Brotherhood Sympathizer and prison guard Karl Metzger ambush Beecher, revealing all that has happened to him as part of Schillinger's revenge plan and then proceed to break both his arms and legs.


The trap.

Season 3[]

This season starts off with Correctional Officer (and covert ally to the Aryans) Karl Metzger assaulting Busmalis for allowing Mack to die in a tunnel, dug by Rebadow and himself so they could escape. Beecher gets out of the hospital, and Keller tells Beecher that he is sorry for hurting him, but Beecher only agrees to believe him if he confesses and testifies against Schillinger and Metzger. Metzger grows suspicious and takes Beecher away. Metzger asks Beecher why Keller is going to McManus. Beecher tells him he doesn't know why. Metzger demands Beecher to tell him and grabs him. Beecher responds by slashing his assailant to death with an interesting weapon: his fingernails, which he has filed to razor-sharp points. McManus does not bother to investigate Metzger's death after learning that he was in fact a full-fledged member of the Brotherhood. When Augustus Hill testifies against Malcolm Coyle for murdering an innocent family, Kareem Said asks Schillinger, among other inmates, to help protect Hill. Schillinger agrees because he also is a family man and respects the fact that the father of the family died while serving in Vietnam.

Murphy starts a boxing tournament in Em City and Robson agrees to box for the Aryans. Robson and Schillinger continuously taunt Cyril O'Reily for allowing them to get away with raping him. Before the match between Cyril and Robson, Ryan O'Reily pours chloral hydrate in Robson's water thus allowing his brother to win the fight.

Schillinger's oldest son, Andrew subsequently arrives in Oz for his part in the lynching of a black man. Schillinger, upset that Andrew is using heroin, tells the Brotherhood to ignore his son until he is drug-free. Ryan O'Reily, Keller, and Beecher devise a plan to turn father and son against each other. Ryan stops selling Andrew heroin and tells him that the only way he can now purchase drugs is through the non-white inmates. Beecher befriends Andrew and helps get him off drugs. Their growing friendship angers Schillinger, who confronts Andrew in effort to renew their filial relationship, only to hear his son reject everything he stands for and decides to assault him. Feeling that Andrew has betrayed him and his beliefs, Schillinger arranges for his own son to die of a drug overdose in the hole courtesy of Officer Len Lopresti, a Brotherhood sympathizer, who secretly provides Andrew with a highly potent package of heroin.

Beecher, after counseling from Said, tells Schillinger that Andrew's death was a setup. Schillinger attacks Beecher, who is now protected and defended by both Keller and the Muslims. Schillinger and Beecher both end up in the hospital ward as a result of mutual stab wounds. When Schillinger is discharged from the ward, the racial tension is very high in Em City and he realizes that Adebisi is plotting something against the white inmates. He asks all the other whites, including Beecher, Keller, Pancamo, Hoyt, and a Russian Jew, Nikolai Stanislofsky, to form a bond of solidarity — albeit only a temporary, opportunistic one — to prevent the blacks from taking over the entire prison. As another race riot is brewing, Glynn locks down the prison.

Season 4[]

Glynn tells the white, Latino, and black inmates separately that if one incident of racial tension occurs, the prison will be permanently locked down. Schillinger still feels that the black inmates are up to something and remains wary. In the mean time, his younger son, Hank, visits; Schillinger is actually happy until he later finds out that Hank is only there because Beecher paid him to come. Thinking back to the plan Beecher had with Andrew, Schillinger turns the tables on Beecher, paying Hank to kidnap Beecher's kids. The FBI investigates, but the agent, Agent Pierce Taylor, blames Keller for the kidnapping. Taylor wants Keller on death row for kidnapping, raping, and murdering three homosexual men, and charging him with the kidnapping proves to be an opportunity. As this is happening, Schillinger has Hank remove the hand of Beecher's son and ship it to Oz. Schillinger then pays Jewish inmate Eli Zabitz to tell Beecher that Keller is responsible for his son's death, so the two of them go to war. Father Mukada then asks Schillinger to give up Beecher's daughter after telling him that Beecher had no evil intentions with Hank rather he did what he did to try and make up for what happened to Andrew. Hank returns Holly but the FBI arrests him on the spot. Schillinger is concerned about being given up on an interrogation. Hank, however, is freed from the murder charges on a legal technicality, and Vern begins to breathe easier. Unknown to Schillinger, however, Beecher hires the Italians to murder Hank.

Hank's girlfriend, Carrie, then comes by and tells Schillinger that he is going to become a grandfather. Over the next few months, Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier comes to Oz for embezzlement and comforts Schillinger helping him let go of his previous unhappiness and to focus on the birth of his grandchild. Schillinger then asks Sister Peter Marie to be involved in the interaction sessions, much to Beecher's surprise. During the session, however, Officer Jason Armstrong takes Schillinger to Glynn's office. In the office, Glynn tells Schillinger that the Massachusetts State Police have found Hank's body in the woods and he has been found to have been dead for several months. Convinced Beecher is behind his son's death, he enlists Robson to kill his old foe. Keller, however, convinces Schillinger that he is responsible.

Carrie gives birth and Schillinger is very happy — until an African-American inmate, Curtis Bennett, approaches him. Curtis is a pimp and tells Schillinger that Hank owed him some money over drugs and paid it off by allowing him to pimp out Carrie. He even points out that Carrie's "clients" included black men, and that the child could very well not even be Hank's. Furious, Schillinger forces Carrie to get a paternity test.

As his lieutenant, James Robson, is to stand trial for conspiracy to commit murder, Schillinger sends the only witness a disturbing letter in solitary that drives him to kill himself. Schillinger also warns Cloutier not to get involved with anything involving the Brotherhood again and lets him go unharmed. Freed from the murder charge, Said savagely attacks Robson, forcing Warden Glynn to lock Oz down. Schillinger then agrees for peace through Cloutier and for the time being there is a truce between the Muslims and Aryans. Beecher, meanwhile, is up for parole, and Schillinger vows to get it denied. Beecher gets provoked by the Aryans and Bikers until Said approaches Schillinger, warning him not to interfere with Beecher's parole. When Beecher's parole is denied, Schillinger attempts to rape him, but Said stabs and nearly kills both him and Robson.

Season 5[]

This season starts out with Carrie proving that the baby is indeed Hank's. However, she is killed in a bus accident on the way to Oz. The baby survives and is sent to live with Carrie's parents in Montana.

A war is about to erupt between the Muslims and Aryans until Sister Pete has a series of Interaction sessions between Beecher, Said, and Schillinger. Schillinger does not go to war with the Muslims, but Robson continues to taunt them whenever he can. Another war does erupt with the Aryans, however, when FBI Agent Pierce Taylor visits. Taylor tells Schillinger that a Sicilian mobster named Gaetano Cincetta has confessed to murdering Hank and has gone into the witness protection program, because he is testifying against Chucky Pancamo. The Aryan Brotherhood then attacks the Mafia in the gym; Robson and Schillinger hospitalize Pancamo and the Sicilian Mob seeks revenge, led by Peter Schibetta, who makes an unsuccessful attempt on Schillinger and Robson's life. Schibetta is instead gang raped. As this war is occurring, the Aryans do not realize that either outcome will make the black inmates stronger as Burr Redding, the Homeboys' leader, can now get the Sicilians out of the drug trade. If the Aryans lose, the Muslims also grow stronger, proving the effect of both outcomes. Meanwhile, two new inmates, Adam Guenzel and Franklin Winthrop, arrive for raping a girl while intoxicated. Winthrop is sent to Unit B where black inmate Clarence Seroy tries to rape him. The Aryans save Winthrop, only to turn him into their sex slave for his protection The Aryans also want to rape Guenzel, but the Wiseguys and Sicilian gangster, Frank Urbano stops them from doing so in the gym after Beecher asked the Mafia to protect Guenzel.

In the interaction sessions, Schillinger shares Said's homophobia, but Said points out that Schillinger has committed sodomy many times, having raped Beecher and Cyril O'Reily, among other inmates. Schillinger denies this, and Beecher attacks him in a fit of rage. He convinces Beecher that he is truly sorry for raping him, but is insincere; he plans to get Beecher's friend, Guenzel, transferred to Unit B so he can rape him. Schillinger offers Beecher a job delivering mail to protective custody (an opportunity to see Keller) if he allows Guenzel to be transferred, unprotected, to Unit B. Beecher accepts the offer, as he now wants nothing to do with his former friend after Guenzel attacks him. Guenzel is transferred and immediately raped. Meanwhile, James Robson has a toothache and must get his gum tissue replaced. Schillinger suggests that Robson see Dr. Faraj, the Muslim prison dentist. Robson hurls racist insults at Faraj during the visit, and Faraj gets revenge by replacing Robson's tissue with that of a black man. As the whole prison population and the outside Aryan Nation leaders learn of this, Schillinger reluctantly kicks Robson out of the Brotherhood.

Beecher feels remorse about what has happened to Guenzel, so he attempts to get Sister Pete to talk to him. However, Guenzel is later killed after Schillinger convinces him to escape. Beecher testifies against Schillinger, who is moved to solitary confinement. Before he is sent to solitary, Wolfgang Cutler, a man imprisoned for decapitating a homosexual with a motorcycle,wants to join the Brotherhood. Cutler is told he must kill a high ranking black inmate for initiation. He targets Said but is unsuccessful, as black inmate Omar White attacks him for plotting to do so.

Season 6[]

Schillinger is released from solitary on a 6-1 vote (it is assumed that Sister Pete is the one dissenting vote) under the condition that he does not rape any more inmates. He immediately rapes Winthrop, who offers him a deal. Winthrop will murder Beecher's father if he can join the Aryans. Schillinger accepts this deal, and Winthrop kills Beecher's father after paying the guards to lock him in a corridor. In the meantime, a family friend of Schillinger's, Mayor Wilson Loewen, is on trial for allegations that he assisted the Ku Klux Klan in the racially motivated murder of two young black girls in 1963. This trial leads to a full-scale race riot in the city, which spreads into Oz, putting the entire prison in lockdown.

When the lockdown is over, Loewen is sent to Oz and is put in Unit J with Beecher. Beecher saves his life, and Schillinger is so grateful that he agrees not to interfere with Beecher's parole, which is ultimately successful. But Keller, whose death sentence is overturned, intervenes, and gets Beecher sent right back to Oz. When Beecher tells Keller that he wants nothing to do with him after coming back to Oz, Schillinger decides to call a truce with Keller.

In a desperate attempt to win back Beecher's love, Keller devises a plan to get rid of Schillinger. During the prison production of Macbeth, in which both Schillinger and Beecher have been cast, he replaces a prop knife with a real one so Beecher will actually stab Schillinger. Before the play, Schillinger's sister visits, telling him that their father is dying. As he hates his father, he claims that he doesn't care. He does realize, however, that he has been set up at the last second after Beecher stabs him in the play's climactic scene (unbeknownst to Beecher himself), and sees that he is going to die, cursing Keller for betraying him. New warden Martin Querns and Sister Pete investigate and declare that Schillinger's death was an accident and Beecher is never charged with Schllinger's death.

Kill Count[]




  • Andrew Schillinger: Died of a drug overdose with drugs supplied by Len Lopresti on Vernon's orders. (1999)
  • Carl Jenkins: Committed suicide after getting a threatening letter from Schillinger. (2001)
  • Adam Guenzel: Electricuted by a electric fence while trying to break out of Oz. (2002)


Emerald City[]

  • Tobias Beecher: Moved in Schillinger's cell after Beecher requested McManus requested to move cells with Schillinger, where Schillinger sexually abused him until Beecher turned nasty on him and cut his eye bleeding. (1997)
  • Skezz Henke: Moved in the same cell until Schillinger got busted for conspiracy to commit murder and got transferred to Unit B. (1998)

Unit B[]

  • James Robson: Shared a cell together since Schillinger was transferred to Unit B, until Robson was cast out by the Aryan Brotherhood. (1999-2002)
  • Franklin Winthrop: After Schillinger got released from solitary and Winthrop killed Beecher's father. (2003)
  • Chris Keller: Moved in Schillinger's cell after Beecher didn't forgive Keller for messing up his parole and had allyship with Schillinger and became his cellmate. (2003)


Episodes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4a
Season 4b
Season 5
Season 6
The Aryans

Vernon Schillinger - James Robson - Mark Mack - Wolfgang Cutler - Fred Wick - Franklin Winthrop - Andrew Schillinger - Carl Jenkins - Skezz Henke