The Down Low on Rob Lowe, Surprising Facts on the '80s Hunk

Ahead of his new A+E series, 'The Lowe Files,' which premieres this Wednesday, we look at some unique facts on Rob Lowe to prove he's more than just a pretty face.
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With that mid-length fluffy 'do, baby blue eyes and dangling earring, Rob Lowe was one of the biggest bad-boy hunks of the '80s and a proud member of Hollywood's Brat Pack.  

Thirty years later Lowe is still worth fawning over, thanks to his preternaturally youthful genes. But these days, the actor isn't interested in talking about his 'homina homina' factor or reminiscing about his wild days in Hollywood. Instead Lowe wants to show you a different side to him — one that's rather dark! This Wednesday, his new A&E reality series, The Lowe Files, reveals his love for the unexplained, which he shares with his two sons, as they criss-cross the country to explore some of the most infamous unsolved mysteries.

As a precursor to the premiere, we explore some other unique factoids about Rob Lowe that may surprise you (but hopefully won't spook you... we'll leave that to the show).

- Lowe is deaf in his right ear, due to a virus he caught when he was an infant.

- At the age of 10, Lowe knocked on Liza Minnelli's hotel room when she was performing in his hometown of Ohio. Minnelli agreed to meet the confident youth when she overhead him saying: "My name is Rob Lowe. I want to be an actor and I was hoping to meet Miss Minnelli." She wished him the best of luck and apparently, it worked.

- Lowe went to high school with Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, and Sean Penn.

Take a sneak peek at A+E's 'The Lowe Files':

- Lowe first met his wife Sheryl Berkoff on a blind date in the early '80s. The couple married in 1991 and have two sons: Matthew and John Owen.

- Lowe loves animals. As a child he wanted to be a marine biologist. These days he's active with various organizations which help stray dogs get adopted.

- Despite looking unbelievably young, Lowe claims he would've been a silver fox by his mid 20s. He's been dying his hair for more than 30 years!

- On the show Who Do You Think You Are?, Lowe discovered his German ancestor, who was a soldier in the British army, was captured as an American POW in 1776. Given a choice, his ancestor chose to remain in the U.S.

- After his 1988 sex scandal, Lowe's career took a beating. But thanks to Mike Myers giving him a role in Wayne's World, he was able to make a comeback, appearing in films like Tommy Boy and the Austin Power films, as well as critically acclaimed TV shows like The West Wing, Brothers and Sisters and Parks and Recreation.

'The Lowe Files' premieres on A&E this Wednesday at 10pm.