Who is Antoinette Bower?
Antoinette Bower was born on 30 September 1932, in Baden-Baden, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, and is a retired actress, best known for her work on television, appearing in many popular programs from the 1950s to the 1980s. She’s also did film work during her career, as seen in “Prom Night” and “A Death of Innocence”.
The Net Worth of Antoinette Bower
As of mid-2020, Antoinette Bower’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned largely through a successful career in the acting profession that spanned over four decades. She worked with various high-profile actors during her time, and on projects in the UK as well as in the US.
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Antoinette grew up in West Germany but is of British descent, with the family later moving back to the UK sometime during her youth. At a young age, she became interested in pursuing a career in acting, and took it seriously come the late 1950s. Her first television appearance was in an episode of “The Unforeseen”, a Canadian show which aired on CBC, an anthology series often starring different characters and stories for each episode.
In the 1960s, she made her film debut in “Mutiny on the Bounty”, though she was relatively unknown at the time and her appearance was uncredited.
The film starred Marlon Brando and is a fictionalized account of the mutiny detailed in the novel of the same name written by Charles Nordhoff, but based on fact. As the years progressed, she found herself in a lot of notable television projects, including episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The Twilight Zone”. At the time, anthology series were very popular and it wasn’t uncommon for actors to only make single episode appearances, which she did in “The Wild Wild West” and “The Man from UNCLE”.
Continued Acting Work
Bower also appeared in several television movies, including “The Sunshine Patriot” and “The Scorpio Letters”, but which didn’t gain much attention.
She then made a guest appearance in “Star Trek” before returning multiple times to the series “Mission: Impossible”. This is the original series that later inspired the film franchise of the same name that starred Tom Cruise, telling the story of a secret team of agents working for the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). She also had a multiple-episode role in “Hogan’s Heroes”, a humorous sitcom set during World War II, showing life inside a Prisoner of War (POW) camp in Germany. It followed the story of a group of allies within the prison conducting special operations.
She also worked on “Bonanza” and “The Big Valley”, before gaining a notable role in “Mannix”, the detective series starring Mike Connors as the titular private investigator. Afterwards, she appeared as a guest in “Hawaii Five-O”, another original series that was later revived in 2010. The show followed the exploits of a special police force in Hawaii, inspired by an actual unit that existed post World War II.
Film Work – Rise to Prominence
In the 1970s, Antoinette made her breakthrough in films, appearing in numerous mainstream projects.
She first worked on the television movie “A Death of Innocence” before gaining her first credited feature film role in “Superbeast”, starring alongside Harry Lauter in the horror film centered on a mad scientist using genetic engineering to create a monster. She also filmed “Die Sister, Die!” shortly afterwards, but numerous delays meant that the film wasn’t released until later in the decade; the thriller follows a nurse who discovers secrets about an old lady’s house.
She took fewer television roles as a result, though still had notable projects as seen in “The Whiteoaks of Jalna”, a Canadian miniseries based on the Mazo de la Roche novels of the same name.
The series was said to have been the most expensive production of a Canadian series at the time. It took some time, but during the late 1970s, her string of films continued once more, jump-started by another notable role, in the television movie “First, You Cry” which is based on the autobiography of Betty Rollin and details her struggle with breast cancer.
Final Acting Project
Bower appeared in numerous films during the 1980s, beginning with “Prom Night” which starred Leslie Nielsen and Jamie Lee Curtis. The film followed the lives of a group of high school students who are targeted by a masked killer during prom. The film gained a cult following, and at the time, was the highest-earning horror film from Canada.
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She later worked on the films “Blood Song” and “Time Walker”, the former followed the slasher theme, this time set in a coastal town in Oregon.
Her last film projects included “The Evil that Men Do” and “Club Paradise”, the last a comedy, a change in direction from her past work. She had a minor role in the film, working alongside Robin Williams; it tells the story of vacationers who encounter unusual events while staying at a newly opened club. Her last project was her first and only regular role, the Canadian series “Neon Rider” which aired for five years from 1990 to 1995, and tells the story of a man who lives in a ranch and mentors troubled kids, following him quitting his job as a therapist.
The show was very popular in Canada during that time, and also starred Peter Williams, Barbara Tyson and Jim Byrnes.
Antoinette married James Francis Gill though they later divorced; it’s not known if she has any children. During the latter part of her career, she moved her interest from acting to documentary filmmaking, though never released anything of note to the mainstream. She enjoyed her life as an actress, even with the stretches of unemployment, especially playing other roles and living in other worlds which motivated her to continue acting.
She also does charity work from time to time and was known to be affiliated with the International Refugee Organization in Germany before it shut down.