director, writer, actor
Born in Oklahoma City, Mr. Antonio discovered a passion for acting while attending Oklahoma University. After graduating, he soon headed for New York, where he was quickly accepted into the acclaimed Actor’s Studio, studying under Lee Strasberg. He received a Theatre World Award for his New York debut in The Buffalo Skinner. He has acted in over 70 plays, and his Broadway credits include: The Girls of Summer, The Good Soup, Ready When You Are CB, The Ballad Of The Sad Café, The Lady Of The Camellias, Andorra, & The Garden Of Sweets.
Hollywood soon called, and Lou became a television actor to support his theatre habit. Best known for his film roles in Cool Hand Luke and America, America (Director Elia Kazan), he also starred in two short-lived TV Series, Dog and Cat, and Makin’ It. Mr. Antonio had a recurring TV guest role character on Here Comes the Bride and made multiple appearances as different characters on 1960s and 1970s series like The Rookies, The Naked City, Mission: Impossible, Gunsmoke, The Fugitive, Star Trek (in the memorable episode “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”), I Dream of Jeannie, The Defenders, and Bewitched.
As a director, Mr. Antonio was in high demand, working with such iconic actors as George C. Scott, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Carol Burnett, Lee Remick, and James Garner. He has directed over 100 episodes of television, 28 movies of the week, and has received 3 Emmy nominations.
In 1983 he returned to Broadway, directing Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Mr. Antonio continues to pursue his devotion to the craft of acting as the Associate Director of the Actor’s Studio West, where he moderates both the Director’s Unit and an acting class. Lou He has recently completed his memoir: COOL HAND LOU.