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Also Known As: Charles Lowe, Chadd Lowe Died:
Born: January 15, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dayton, Ohio, USA Profession: actor

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A onetime teen star riding the wake of his heartthrob brother, Rob, Chad Lowe won professional laurels early in his career before paralleling his sibling's pattern of personal turmoil and journeyman's acting résumé. A Midwestern boy transplanted to the West Coast at an early age, Lowe found his way to Hollywood as a teenager, landing the title role on the sitcom, "Spencer" (NBC, 1984-85), and went on to win an Emmy Award for his portrayal of a young man suffering from AIDS on the family drama "Life Goes On" (ABC, 1989-1993). He did a stint on Aaron Spelling's primetime soap "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99), and the next year married longtime girlfriend, and another of Spelling's stars, Hilary Swank. But within a matter of years, Swank's career eclipsed Lowe's, as she rose to become one of the most lauded actors in Hollywood, earning two Best Actress Oscars in ensuing years. Ever less enamored with his own roles, mostly TV series guest roles and minor film work, he developed a substance abuse problem, which ultimately helped lead to their divorce in 2006. He rebounded by directing the well-received indie feature "Beautiful Ohio" (2006), and, in another bit of symmetry with Rob's roller-coaster career,...

A onetime teen star riding the wake of his heartthrob brother, Rob, Chad Lowe won professional laurels early in his career before paralleling his sibling's pattern of personal turmoil and journeyman's acting résumé. A Midwestern boy transplanted to the West Coast at an early age, Lowe found his way to Hollywood as a teenager, landing the title role on the sitcom, "Spencer" (NBC, 1984-85), and went on to win an Emmy Award for his portrayal of a young man suffering from AIDS on the family drama "Life Goes On" (ABC, 1989-1993). He did a stint on Aaron Spelling's primetime soap "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99), and the next year married longtime girlfriend, and another of Spelling's stars, Hilary Swank. But within a matter of years, Swank's career eclipsed Lowe's, as she rose to become one of the most lauded actors in Hollywood, earning two Best Actress Oscars in ensuing years. Ever less enamored with his own roles, mostly TV series guest roles and minor film work, he developed a substance abuse problem, which ultimately helped lead to their divorce in 2006. He rebounded by directing the well-received indie feature "Beautiful Ohio" (2006), and, in another bit of symmetry with Rob's roller-coaster career, which had seen a revival on the political drama "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006), he made his most intensive return to TV playing a presidential advisor on "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). Though having lived a cautionary story of the high expectations and resulting pitfalls that too often accompanied youthful stardom, Lowe also demonstrated the twin assets so often needed in to stay afloat Hollywood: resilience and reinvention.

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DIRECTOR:

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Entourage (2015)
2.
 Swing State (2008)
3.
4.
 Red Betsy (2003) Orin Sanders
5.
 Unfaithful (2002) Phil Stone
6.
 Robin Cook's Acceptable Risk (2001) Edward Welles
7.
 Your Guardian (2001) Parker Smith
8.
9.
 Apartment Complex, The (1999) Stan Warden
10.
 Target Earth (1998) Commander Fauk
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At age 15, encouraged to become an actor by Martin Sheen
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Found an agent and landed two jobs on the same day just before his 16th birthday
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Appeared off-Broadway in the Public Theatre production of "Coming of Age in Soho"
1984:
Made TV debut in the NBC movie, "Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac"
1984:
Made uncredited film debut in "Oxford Blues"; starring his brother Rob Lowe
1984:
TV series debut in NBC's "Spencer"; left series after six episodes reportedly due to a salary dispute and/or creative differences
1986:
Cast in the ABC TV-movie "There Must Be a Pony" as Elizabeth Taylor's son
1988:
First film credit, "Apprentice to Murder"
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Moved to New York to study acting
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Acted in the Williamstown Festival production of "Huckleberry Finn"
1991:
Returned to Los Angeles
1991:
Cast in the ABC miniseries, "An Inconvenient Woman"
1991:
Joined the acclaimed ABC family drama "Life Goes On" for its last two seasons; played Jesse McKenna, the HIV-positive boyfriend of Becca (Kellie Martin)
1996:
Played a recurring role on the FOX drama, "Melrose Place" as Carter Gallavan, an eccentric, wealthy computer genius
1999:
Had a recurring role on the WB teen drama, "Popular"
2000:
Made his directorial debut with the short film, "The Audition"
2000:
Portrayed country singer John Denver in the CBS biopic, "Take Me Home: The John Denver Story"
2001:
Guest-starred on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" as a grown man involved in an incestuous relationship with his mother
2002:
Cast opposite Richard Gere and Diane Lane in "Unfaithful"
2003:
Debuted as a TV director with and episode of NBC's "Law & Order: SVU"
2005:
Starred in the Hallmark Channel movie "Fielder's Choice," as a bachelor whose life changes when he takes in his young nephew
2005:
Produced and hosted the AMC series "Celebrity Charades," based on a game that Lowe developed with wife Hilary Swank
2006:
Directed the independent film, "Beautiful Ohio"
2007:
Joined the cast of "24" (FOX) playing Deputy Chief of Staff Reed Pollock
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Education

Santa Monica High School: Santa Monica , California -

Notes

In 1991, Lowe began doing volunteer work for a Los Angeles homeless shelter called The Los Angeles Youth Network. He runs group discussions for homeless teens.

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wife:
Hilary Swank. Survived him.
wife:
Hilary Swank. Actor. Married October 2, 1997; together since c. 1993; born July 30, 1974.

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father:
Chuck Lowe. Trial lawyer.
father:
Chuck Lowe. Former teacher.
mother:
Barbara Lowe. Violinist. First violinist of the London Philharmonic; led that orchestra in the film "Prelude to Fame" (1950).
mother:
Barbara Lowe. Writer.
brother:
Rob Lowe. Younger; was struck and killed by a bus as a child.
brother:
Rob Lowe. Actor. Born March 13, 1964; major teen idol in the 1980s; appeared in features including "The Outsiders", "St. Elmo's Fire" and "Waynes World"; featured in the hit ABC minseries "Stephen King's 'The Stand'".
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