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Also Known As: Robert Hepler Lowe Died:
Born: March 17, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA Profession: actor, producer, screenwriter, director, model

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One of the better-known survivors of teen stardom, actor Rob Lowe managed to put his heartthrob status behind him as well as survive a sex tape scandal that might have ended a less charming actor's career. Lowe made his initial impact in teen-oriented movies, flashing his toothpaste commercial smile and essaying a sort of untrustworthy charm in "The Outsiders" (1983) and "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985). But in only a few short years, Lowe took his position as a young, handsome womanizer across the line and his career came to a screeching halt in the wake of a sex tape scandal involving an underage girl. But Lowe rebounded from that seeming career-ender and laid the groundwork for a dramatic career with a number of well-received cable TV movies before enjoying consistent critical and popular success on the Emmy darling "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006). While never regaining the box office status of his Brat Pack days, Lowe made some memorable comedic appearances in "Wayne's World" (1992), and in the Golden Globe-nominated "Thank You For Smoking" (2006), though his steadiest work continued to be primetime roles in "Brothers and Sisters" (ABC, 2006- ), TV movies and miniseries that generally cast him as an...

One of the better-known survivors of teen stardom, actor Rob Lowe managed to put his heartthrob status behind him as well as survive a sex tape scandal that might have ended a less charming actor's career. Lowe made his initial impact in teen-oriented movies, flashing his toothpaste commercial smile and essaying a sort of untrustworthy charm in "The Outsiders" (1983) and "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985). But in only a few short years, Lowe took his position as a young, handsome womanizer across the line and his career came to a screeching halt in the wake of a sex tape scandal involving an underage girl. But Lowe rebounded from that seeming career-ender and laid the groundwork for a dramatic career with a number of well-received cable TV movies before enjoying consistent critical and popular success on the Emmy darling "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006). While never regaining the box office status of his Brat Pack days, Lowe made some memorable comedic appearances in "Wayne's World" (1992), and in the Golden Globe-nominated "Thank You For Smoking" (2006), though his steadiest work continued to be primetime roles in "Brothers and Sisters" (ABC, 2006- ), TV movies and miniseries that generally cast him as an earnest hero battling inner, or in the case of his Stephen King offerings, outer demons.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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  Desert's Edge (1997) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Monster Trucks (2017)
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 Pocket Listing (2016)
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 Super Troopers 2 (2016)
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 Knife Fight (2013)
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 Killing Kennedy (2013)
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1980:
Played the title role in the ABC Afterschool special "Schoolboy Father"
1983:
Acted in the CBS TV-movie "Thursday's Child"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a TV movie
1983:
Played a wealthy prep-school student whose mother (Jacqueline Bisset) carries on an affair with his roommate (Andrew McCarthy) in "Class"
1984:
Featured opposite Jodie Foster and Nastassja Kinski in the film adaptation of John Irving's "The Hotel New Hampshire"
1984:
Played an American attending the famed British university in "Oxford Blues"
1985:
Featured alongside other twentysomething actors (including Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez and Andrew McCarthy) in "St. Elmo's Fire"
1986:
Landed starring roles in "Youngblood" (with "The Outsiders" co-star Patrick Swayze) and "About Last Night" (with "St. Elmo's Fire" co-star Demi Moore)
1987:
Earned critical praise for his performance as a mentally-challenged youth in "Square Dance"
1988:
Starred in the thriller "Masquerade" opposite Meg Tilly
1989:
Made disastrous appearance on the 61st Academy Awards telecast performing a duet with an actress playing the part of Snow White
1990:
Had a villainous turn opposite James Spader in "Bad Influence"
1992:
Garnered praise for his featured role in Mike Myers' "Wayne's World"
1993:
Co-starred with Natasha Richardson and Maggie Smith in a small screen remake of "Suddenly Last Summer" (PBS)
1994:
Portrayed a deaf mute in the ABC miniseries version of "Stephen King's The Stand"
1995:
Had an uncredited cameo in "Tommy Boy," starring "SNL" cast members David Spade and Chris Farley
1997:
Wrote and directed the short film "Desert's Edge" (aired on the Showtime series "Directed By")
1999:
Put his notable impersonation of Robert Wagner to good use with a featured role in Myers' "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"
2002:
Played a NYC detective tempted to corruption in the TNT original movie "Framed"
2002:
Had supporting role in "A View From the Top"
2003:
Starred and executive produced the short-lived NBC drama "The Lyon's Den"
2004:
Starred in the short-lived CBS drama "Dr. Vegas"; also produced
2006:
Reprised his role as Sam Seaborn, the senior political official for the final episodes of NBC's "The West Wing"
2006:
Co-starred with Aaron Eckhart in Jason Reitman's satirical comedy "Thank You for Smoking"
2010:
Joined the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation" as a state employees brought in to fix Pawnee┬┐s budgetary crisis
2011:
Co-starred in Mark Pellington's "I Melt with You"
2015:
Joined the cast of the sitcom "The Grinder"
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Education

Santa Monica High School: Santa Monica , California -

Notes

Lowe is deaf in his right ear.

Lowe on his infamous Academy Awards performance: "Look, the academy asked me to take that role, so I was a good soldier and did it. You can't be your own manager and agent and soothsayer -- you have to take risks. And on that one I got shot in the foot." --quoted in The New York Times, January 20, 1992.

On his youthful reputation as a "party animal", Lowe to Us (May 1994): "I drank too much. I had no sense of what should be private and what should be public. And I was very unfocused and not even aware of how the onrush of really being a MAN--as opposed to a young man--was scaring me."

"I think people have never really known how to use me well. That's the problem now and it's been the problem ever since I first started working. There have been roles that I would have killed for, but I couldn't get them because people have this preconceived notion about me" --Lowe quoted in Movieline, June 1997.

"There's a reason why Harrison Ford became a star in his mid-30's, why Kevin Costner was cut out of "The Big Chill" and became a movie star later. Men come into their power as they get older and act from their power. I'm coming into that time in my life, and I think that is reading onscreen." --quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, September 12, 1999.

Lowe on the secret of his comeback success: "All my life I was working on my career -- from the time I was 15 until my mid-twenties -- and I woke up at 25 and went 'I got a career and I have no life'. So what I did was I worked on me. [My wife and I] built ourselves a big home in Santa Barbara. And that's really what I did, and frankly, that's why I'm having this happen to me today. Because I'm now a balanced guy. Whereas before, it was just "What movie am I doing next?" --quoted in Time Out New York, September 16-23, 1999.

"He's terrific in the show. I don't think he has ever been better in anything else, frankly. Are you listening Rob?...Stay with us a little longer. I don't think it is much greener anywhere else." - Martin Sheen on Rob Lowe to stay on "The West Wing" US Weekly September 16, 2002

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companion:
Melissa Gilbert. Actor. Dated in the early 1980s.
companion:
Cornelia Guest. New York socialite.
companion:
Nastassja Kinski. Actor. Involved during the filming of "The Hotel New Hampshire" (1984).
companion:
Chynna Phillips. Singer, actor. Daughter of singer-actor Michelle Phillips and musician John Phillips; later married William Baldwin.
companion:
Princess Stephanie of Monaco. Reportedly dated casually in 1986.
companion:
Fawn Hall. Secretary. Dated in 1988.
wife:
Sheryl Berkoff. Makeup artist. Born c. 1961; married on July 22, 1991; had gone out on a blind date in 1983; re-met while working on film "Bad Influence" (1990); mother of Lowe's two sons.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Chuck Lowe. Trial lawyer. Divorced from Lowe's mother; lives in Ohio.
mother:
Barbara Wilson. Writer, retired schoolteacher. Divorced from Lowe's father and remarried; lives in California.
brother:
Chad Lowe. Actor. Born on January 15, 1968.
sister-in-law:
Hilary Swank. Actor. Married to Chad Lowe; starred in "The Next Karate Kid" and "Boys Don't Cry".
son:
Matthew Edward Lowe. Born on September 24, 1993; mother, Sheryl Berkoff.
son:
John Owen Lowe. Born on November 6, 1995; mother, Sheryl Berkoff.
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