Robert Lowe Helper says Rob Lowe is an American actor, producer, and director born March 17, 1964, in Charlottesville (Virginia). He was a member of the Brat Pack, a group of young actors and actresses who rose to fame in the 1980s.
A six-time Golden Globe nominee, he is best known for his role as Sam Seaborn in the political series The West Wing, that of Chris Traeger in the sitcom Parks and Recreation, and for that of Robert McCallister in the drama Brothers and Sisters. Since 2019, he has been carrying the drama 9-1-1: Lone Star, a derivative series of 9-1-1.
|Birth name||Robert Hepler Lowe|
|Birth Date||March 17, 1964|
|Age||57 years old|
|Net Worth||$100 Million|
Rob Lowe was born on March 17, 1964, in Charlottesville, Virginia. His parents are Barbara Hepler and Charles Davis Lowe. He is the brother of Chad Lowe, also an actor. He is the half-brother of Micah Dyer (1973), a television producer, born of his mother's second marriage, and of Justin W. Lowe (1990), born of his father's second marriage. He studied at the Santa Monica High School in California with Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr., and Charlie Sheen.
From a very young age, he began to work as a model and in his beginnings the theatrical interpretation. At the age of 8, he made his debut on the stage, and at 12, he participated in more than 30 plays. When his parents separated, Rob and his younger brother, also an actor, Chad Lowe, moved to Malibu and attended a school in Santa Monica where they met Sean Penn and Emilio Estévez.
Rob Lowe began his career as a fashion model for magazines for teenage girls. He then made his debut as an actor on television, in various television series: A New Kind of Family (1979), ABC Afterschool Specials (1980 - 1981), Thursday's Child (1983).
In 1983, director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now) is looking for young charismatic actors for his next film Outsiders. The young Rob Lowe (18) then stood out and took on the role of Sodapop Curtis. In the cast, other rising stars make their debuts: Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, Diane Lane, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio among others. In the United States, Outsiders is released on screens, March 25, 1983: the film is a commercial success, earning more than 25 million dollars of receipts on American soil. Although the character he plays is secondary, the film career of the young actor is launched.
The same year came out on the screens: Class, a comedy in which Rob Lowe shares the headliner with his comrade Andrew McCarthy, member of the Brat Pack (the name given to the group of North American actors and actresses of this generation), as well as with Jacqueline Bisset. The film is released on July 22, 1983, in the United States: it is a success at the American box office, bringing in more than $ 21 million in revenue in the United States.
Next, come: The Hotel New Hampshire and Oxford Blues in 1984. The films did not spark any box office sparks but scored quite satisfactorily for the time and their low budgets. Hotel New Hampshire enjoys a very good reputation in the movie buff community and is well received by critics.
Rob Lowe continues his momentum: in 1985, he plays in St. Elmo's Fire directed by Joel Schumacher (8mm, Phone Game). The film performed very well at the box office and grossed no less than $37 million in the United States. In the cast, are reunited: Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, and Andie MacDowell. It was at this time that he became a real sex symbol.
In 1988, a videotape appeared implicating Rob Lowe in intercourse with two young women, including a 16-year-old underage, while attending the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. The girl's mother initiated proceedings, but the actor was never prosecuted. He was sentenced to community service.
This mishap greatly tarnishes its image with the general public. Accompanying the first tape, another video appears in which he has a threesome with a friend of his and a young model called "Jennifer" in a hotel room in Paris. The public and the studios shun it, at this time it becomes the laughing stock of the media. The end of the 1980s sounds like a crossing of the desert for the actor.
And like many former fallen stars of the 1980s, he is gradually making his way onto television. Thus, during the 2000s, his notoriety again became important in the United States thanks to several roles. It was with the television series The West Wing that he truly became a star again, playing Sam Seaborn for four seasons.
His performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Television Series. But after a dispute with the producers over his salary, which has not been tripled unlike that of his colleague Martin Sheen ("$ 300,000 per episode" at the time), Rob Lowe decides to quit the series. One dispute chasing another, we can note that, throughout his participation in the series, the credits presenting the names of the actors in alphabetical order ending with that of Martin Sheen, which is easily understood, mentions his first.
He was in a relationship with Melissa Gilbert, an American actress who notably played the role of Laura Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie. Rob Lowe also dated Winona Ryder, an American actress (Heathers, Girl, Interrupted), Stephanie, a member of the Monaco princely family, and Nastassja Kinski, a German actress, and model.
Since July 22, 1991, he is married to Sheryl Berkoff, who is a make-up artist for the cinema. Together, they have two children: Matthew Edward Lowe, born in 1993, and John Owen Lowe, born in 1995.