Antoinette Bower

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Antoinette Bower
Bower as guest star on Adventures in Paradise, 1961
Born1932 (age 91–92)
  • British
  • American
Years active1954–1992
SpouseJames Francis Gill

Antoinette Bower (born 1932)[1] is a British-American retired film, television and stage actress, whose career lasted nearly four decades.

Early years[edit]

Bower was born in Baden-Baden to a German mother and an English father. She lived in England, Vienna and Monte Carlo and was educated in England. She moved to Canada in 1953.[2]


Bower worked as a disc jockey at a radio station in Owen Sound.[3] She moved to Toronto to pursue acting, appearing in stage productions at the newly opened Crest Theatre,[3] the first in that city to consistently mount Canadian productions rather than touring productions from the US or Britain.[4]

Bower started her television career in Canada in 1958, appearing in the CBC Television made-for-TV movie The Telltale Heart, and in an episode of The Unforeseen.[citation needed] She had a recurring role in Hudson's Bay (1959), and appeared in episodes of Heritage in 1960. That same year, she wrote, produced and narrated an hour-long profile of actor Barry Morse and his family for CBC Radio.[5]

Richard Boone and Antoinette Bower in Have Gun - Will Travel in 1961

While visiting friends in Los Angeles, Bower landed her first role on an American series, appearing in the January 1961 episode "Night Cry", of the series Hong Kong. She continued with steady work on American television, amassing appearances on such programs as Ben Casey, The Fugitive, Combat!, Twelve O'Clock High, The Invaders, Mannix, Mission: Impossible (in 4 episodes), Perry Mason, The Big Valley, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, Star Trek, Hogan's Heroes (in 3 different roles), Cannon, Columbo, Hawaii Five-O, The Twilight Zone and Murder, She Wrote. She appeared in the miniseries The Thorn Birds (1983).

In the 1970s and 1980s she appeared in the movies A Death of Innocence (1971); Die Sister, Die! (1972, released in 1978); Prom Night (1980); The Cowboy and the Ballerina (1984); The Evil That Men Do (1984) and Club Paradise (1986).

In 1979, Bower co-starred in four episodes of Mutual Radio Theater.[6]

Antoinette Bower and William Shatner in the second season Star Trek episode Catspaw in 1967

Bower completed her nearly 40-year acting career where she first started, returning to Canada to join the main cast for the first three seasons (1990–1993) of the series Neon Rider, this time on the CTV Television Network.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Reserved when discussing her private life in the press, Bower did state, in a 1968 interview with the Canadian magazine Weekend, that she was married to Texas-born artist James Francis Gill,[3] whom she met when he moved to Los Angeles in 1962.[9]

Selected TV and filmography[edit]

TV series - guest appearances[edit]

TV series - main cast[edit]

  • Neon Rider (1989–92, seasons 1–3) as Fox Devlin

TV movie appearances[edit]

  • The Telltale Heart (1958)
  • The Scorpio Letters (1967) as Terry
  • The Sunshine Patriot (1968) as Iris
  • See The Man Run (1971) as Peggi Larson
  • A Death of Innocence (1971) as Cara Fellman
  • First, You Cry (1978) as Marsha
  • The Cowboy and the Ballerina (1984) as Madame Rostov

Film appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Ward, Jack (1993). Television Guest Stars: An Illustrated Career Chronicle for 678 Performers of the Sixties and Seventies. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. p. 69. ISBN 9780899508078.
  2. ^ Brown, Bill; Sebert, John (22 March 1958). "Antoinette's A Busy Girl". The Kingston Whig-Standard. Canada, Ontario, Kingston. p. 46. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Roessing, Walter (2 November 1968). "Who IS That Girl, Anyway?". Weekend. Vol. 1968, no. 44. p. 81 – via [note: a weekly supplement in newspapers across Canada, the issue of Weekend scanned by for this link was from The Ottawa Journal]
  4. ^ Breon, Robin (16 December 2013) [2007-09-13]. "The Crest Theatre". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Retrieved 14 July 2023.
  5. ^ "'Tunnel of Love' Stays at Mountain Playhouse". 'The Montreal Star'. July 1960. p. 23. Retrieved 5 January 2024.
  6. ^ Smith, Ronald L. (8 March 2010). Horror Stars on Radio: The Broadcast Histories of 29 Chilling Hollywood Voices. McFarland. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-7864-5729-8. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Castings". Edmonton Journal. 15 September 1990. p. B2. ProQuest 251711201. Co-starring with Rekert are Antoinette Bower as "Fox," a former rodeo star who is now the ranch manager; Alex Bruhanski as C.C., the camp cook; Samuel Sarkar as Bangladesh-born ranch hand Vic, who due to discrimination has a kinship with North American Indians...
  8. ^ Shaw, Ted (11 September 1992). "(Yawn) here we go again: Nearly 40 new shows will grace TV screens for the 'new' season. And like every other season, there aren't many winners...: [FINAL Edition]". The Windsor Star. p. D1. ProQuest 253966461. Illustration Color Photo; Color Photo; Color Photo; ANTOINETTE BOWER, far left, Sam Sarkar and Winston Rekert return in Neon Rider; WINSTON REKERT MARTIN LAWRENCE stars in the new sitcom Martin; PF TOM SKERRITT, left, plays a sheriff in Picket Fences; PF
  9. ^ The Return of James Francis Gill. Washington Green Fine Art. 2019. p. 43. Retrieved 14 July 2023. Visiting England in 1965: My wife at the time – the English actress Antoinette Bower – had relatives in England, living close to London…

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