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Lou Wagner



Character actor Lou Wagner has been visible in movies and television since the mid-'60s, but his most visible big-screen part was played under such heavy makeup that audiences can be forgiven for not remembering him. Wagner was one of a handful of actors carried over from the original Planet of the Apes (1968) to its sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), playing Lucius, the young assistant to chimpanzee scientists Cornelius (Roddy McDowall and David Watson) and Zira (Kim Hunter) in the two movies. Born in San Jose, CA, in 1948, Wagner's short stature (reportedly five feet, two inches) and youthful features made him a natural to play young teenagers, and across the late '60s and into the start of the 1970s he often did just that, on series such as Lost in Space and Dragnet, in addition to appearances in feature films, including Hello Down There (1969) and Airport (1970, in which he had three very funny scenes as a know-it-all boy passenger). In his television debut in the Lost in Space episode "The Haunted Lighthouse," Wagner managed to squeeze some pathos out of the role of a lonely alien boy with a secret, while on the Dragnet episode "The Big Departure" he made the most of his role as a pseudo-intellectual teenage rebel. By the 1970s, in addition to showing up in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Wagner had settled into character and supporting roles, mostly in television, with the occasional movie role here and there. He has worked regularly into the 21st century, with an occasional bigger part to highlight his career, such as his starring role in Starry Night (1999).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
31% Harold
  • Principal Wagner
2008
No Score Yet Starry Night
  • Gabe Burton
1999
No Score Yet Sunsplit
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Galgameth (The Adventures Of Galgameth) (The Legend of Galgameth)
  • Zethar
1997
No Score Yet Sunsplit
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Sodbusters
  • Shorty Simms
1994
No Score Yet GORP
  • Federman
1980
No Score Yet Mirrors
  • Chet
1978
44% Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • Busboy
1972
No Score Yet Pufnstuf
  • Actor
1970
41% Beneath The Planet Of The Apes
  • Lucius
1970
80% Airport
  • Schuyler Schultz
1970
No Score Yet Hello Down There
  • Marvin Webster
1969
90% Planet of the Apes
  • Lucius
1968

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • DaiMon Solok
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Krax
91% Raising Hope
2010-2014
  • Wally Phipps
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Harlan Harlan Arliss
46% The Millers
2013-2015
  • Mr. Booms

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