Stage actor Lou Antonio was billed seventh as "Abdul" in his first film, Elia Kazan's America America (1963). Antonio's sandpaper features resurfaced in such subsequent films as Hawaii (1966) and Cool Hand Luke (1967); thereafter, he worked almost exclusively in television. He co-starred in the weekly series The Snoop Sisters and Dog and Cat, and was top-billed as Det. Sgt. Jack Ramsey in Dog and Cat (1977). By the late 1980s, Antonio had virtually abandoned acting in favor of directing: he helmed such TV movies as Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story (1979), The Star Maker (1981), Agatha Christie's 13 at Dinner (1985) and Mayflower Madam (1987), as well as the 1978 theatrical feature Gypsy Warriors. Lou Antonio is the brother of actor Jim Antonio.