01-23 Happy birthday to Lou Antonio, Born: January 23, 1934.
Born in Oklahoma City, Antonio’s sole recurring TV guest role character was on Here Come the Brides, but he made multiple appearances as different characters on 1960s and 1970s series like The Rookies, The Naked City, Mission: Impossible, Gunsmoke, The Fugitive, Twelve O’Clock High, Star Trek, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Defenders. He played the human version of a chimpanzee turned human on an episode of the supernatural sitcom Bewitched. As a director, he mostly worked on TV movies such as Mayflower Madam, and TV series such as The Rockford Files, Dawson’s Creek, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and The West Wing.
Lou Antonio played Lokai in the Star Trek episode: “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”.
Though they did not share any scenes, Antonio had earlier appeared with William Shatner in a 1962 episode of The Naked City called “Portrait of a Painter”. He also did an episode of For The People, the show Shatner starred in just before Star Trek. The two of them also worked together in a 1970 TV movie called Sole Survivor, which also featured TOS regular John Winston. He also appeared in a 1963 episode of The Naked City entitled “Color Schemes Like Never Before”, which was directed by Ralph Senensky.
Antonio once appeared in an episode of Here Come the Brides.
Antonio left acting by the late 1970s to become a television director. He has directed Shatner in episodes of Boston Legal, on one of the Antonio-helmed episodes, the ringtone used by Shatner’s character, Denny Crane, is a TOS-era communicator chirp.
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