Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe Biography

Television Personality (1964–)
American actor Rob Lowe rose to fame as a heartthrob in such movies as 'St. Elmo's Fire,' later finding a comfort zone on TV with 'The West Wing,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'The Grinder.'

Who Is Rob Lowe?

Born in Virginia in 1964, actor Rob Lowe became a Hollywood heartthrob with starring roles in St. Elmo's Fire (1985) and About Last Night... (1986). Following an incident with a female minor, he disappeared from the public eye for several years, eventually reestablishing himself on the popular drama The West Wing. Later successes included featured roles on Brothers & Sisters and Parks and Recreation, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for his work on The Grinder.

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Wife and Sons

Lowe married makeup artist Sheryl Berkoff in 1991. They have two children, Edward Matthew (born in 1993) and John Owen (1995).

Early Life

Rob Lowe was born Robert Hepler Lowe on March 17, 1964, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the son of Chuck and Barbara Lowe, a trial lawyer and retired teacher, respectively. His younger brother Chad also became an actor, and at one point was married to actress Hilary Swank.

Lowe grew up in Southern California and attended Santa Monica High School, where his classmates included actors Charlie Sheen and Sean Penn

Movies and TV Shows

'St. Elmo's Fire,' 'About Last Night'

He rose to fame on the big screen in the early '80s as a member of the Brat Pack, along with other young actors like Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson. He starred in The Outsiders and Class in 1983, St. Elmo's Fire in 1985 and About Last Night... in 1986. These roles made him one of the hottest young heartthrobs of the 1980s.

'Wayne's World,' 'Austin Powers,' 'The West Wing'

Working his way back into the public eye, Lowe made appearances in the feature films Wayne's World (1992), Contact (1997), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and The Specials (2000). However, his true comeback as an actor and star came in 1999, when he returned to the small screen to appear alongside Martin Sheen in the well-reviewed TV drama series The West Wing. Lowe was cast in the ongoing role of Sam Seaborn, Deputy Communications Director. In 2002 he announced he was leaving the hit show as a result of stalled salary negotiations.

In 2003 Lowe signed on to star in NBC's short-lived drama The Lyon's Den, playing an up-and-coming attorney struggling to distance himself from his well-known senator father. His subsequent headlining role in Dr. Vegas, about a casino doctor amid the temptations of Sin City, also quickly fizzled.

'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Parks and Recreation'

The actor regained his footing as Senator Robert McCallister on the drama Brothers & Sisters, progressing from a part-time to a featured role during the show's five seasons. He enjoyed a similar run while flexing his comedic chops on the sitcom Parks and Recreation, initially appearing in a guest role in 2010 before becoming a regular cast member. In the meantime, he churned out two memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography (2011) and Love Life (2014).

'The Grinder,' 'The Lowe Files'

Following his appearance in the finale of Parks and Recreation in 2015, Lowe began a new chapter of his career with a starring role on The Grinder. His performance as Dean Sanderson, an actor who takes advantage of his family-oriented younger brother, played by Fred Savage, was a hit with critics and garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. However, it never resonated with TV viewers and was canceled in 2016. That same year Lowe took on the voice role of Simba in the animated series The Lion Guard and joined the cast of CBS' Code Black

In 2017 he and his sons embarked into the world of reality TV in the A+E series The Lowe Files, which chronicles their cross-country travels and explorations into unsolved mysteries. 

In 2018 Lowe continued to push into new territory — this time taking on the director's chair for the first time in the television remake of the 1956 film The Bad Seed.   

Sex Tape Scandal

In 1988 Lowe made headlines with a scandal that involved a video camera and a female minor. Following the incident, Lowe took a couple of years off and retreated to Santa Barbara, California, where he overcame a drug and alcohol problem and concentrated on being a family man. 

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