Rob Lowe, born on March 17, 1964, started his career at the age of 12. He was a famous teen idol in the ’80s and acted in many coming-of-age teen films of the time. All the roles helped establish the actor’s career. He has appeared in many television shows since the late 90s, some of which earned him award nominations. Join us as we celebrate this Hollywood star’s birthday right here!
Robert Hepler Lowe
March 17, 1964
Rob Lowe is a prominent Hollywood star, known for starring in coming-of-age films from the 80s and numerous other T.V. shows. Born on March 17, 1964, in Charlottesville, Virginia, Lowe’s zodiac sign is Pisces, and his ethnicity is German-English, with Scottish, Welsh, and Irish ancestry. He is the son of Barbara and Charles Davis Lowe. He has a younger brother, Chad Lowe. His first acting role came when he was 12, playing an errand boy in a production of “Sherlock Holmes” in 1976.
Three years later, Lowe made his T.V. debut in the American sitcom “A New Kind of Family” (1979 to 1980). He then appeared in the television film “Thursday’s Child” (1983), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. Lowe’s breakthrough role, however, was in the film “The Outsiders” (1983). It was the first of his hit films, which would establish his Hollywood career. He starred in the romantic-comedy films “The Hotel New Hampshire” (1984) and “St. Elmo’s Fire” (1985). The films made him one of the most well-known actors in the “Brat Pack,” a group consisting of young actors who were part of coming-of-age movies in the 1980s. He starred in more such movies, while also acting in stage plays and T.V. shows.
Lowe appeared in a miniseries book adaptation, “The Stand” (1994). He went back to acting in T.V. shows such as “The West Wing” (1999-2006). His performance got him one Primetime Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations. He turned to production, with two drama shows, “The Lyon’s Den” (2003) and “Dr. Vegas” (2004), but they were both canceled. He starred in another T.V. miniseries, “Salem’s Lot,” in 2004.
Lowe was part of the stage play “A Few Good Men” in 2005 and another miniseries, “Beach Girls,” in the same year. In 2006, he was a guest star in “Brothers and Sisters” and a guest host on “The Friday Night Project.” In 2010, he joined the cast of “Parks and Recreation” (2009-2015) for four seasons. He has also written two books: “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” (2011) and “Love Life” (2014).
In 2015, Lowe lent his voice to a pilot T.V. movie, “The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar,” and continued to do so for the subsequent series. After starring in a roast show in 2016, Lowe, along with his two sons, started a reality show, “The Lowe Files” (2017), where the three of them take road trips. Meanwhile, he returned to production with the Netflix movie “Dog Gone” (2021) and currently stars in “9-1-1: Lone Star” (since 2019).
Lowe has been the ambassador for big companies such as K.F.C. and Atkins Nutritionals, appearing in advertising campaigns for them. He launched a men’s skincare brand, Profile, in 2015. He is married to Sheryl Berkoff, and they have two sons.
At 15, Rob Lowe plays Tony Flanagan in the sitcom “A New Kind of Family.”
His outstanding performance in the ’80s movie “The Outsiders” earns him widespread fame.
For his performance in “The West Wing,” Lowe is nominated for a Primetime Emmy award for ‘Outstanding Leading Actor in Drama Series.’
The show “The Lyon’s Den,” which, eventually, gets canceled, is his first step into production.
Lowe’s first book, “Stories I Only Tell My Friends,” which is a memoir, is released.
Lowe establishes his skincare brand, Profile, which sells men’s skincare and anti-aging products.
His reality T.V. show, “The Lowe Files,” is launched, which involves him and his sons taking road trips.
Why We Love Rob Lowe
His sense of humor
The actor has appeared in many comedy shows and films, and no doubt, his jokes have been a contributing factor to the success of the shows. He has a knack for cracking the correct joke at the right time.
He is a cancer-research advocate
His mother and two generations before her were all diagnosed with breast cancer. This has prompted the actor to relentlessly advocate for cancer research, to make people’s lives better.
He is charitable
He is also known for his philanthropy and is the founder of the Homeowners Defense Fund, which helps control land use and transparency in the government. In 2006, he took a pay cut to film a movie in New Orleans so he could help Hurricane Katrina’s survivors in the area.
5 Surprising Facts
He is deaf in one ear
As an infant, Rob Lowe had a virus in his right ear, which made him lose hearing in that ear.
He had another ambition
At first, Lowe wanted to be a marine biologist — he turned to acting after watching a stage production of “Oliver Twist.”
How he got his first gig
Lowe’s first professional acting job was as an errand boy in a stage production of “Sherlock Holmes,” which he reportedly got by contacting theaters and asking if any plays needed a child actor.
Christopher East is his ancestor
His ancestor fought in the American Revolutionary War and chose to stay in America after the war.
His hair was once completely gray
At 24, Lowe’s hair was fully gray, which prompted the actor to start dying it.
Rob Lowe FAQs
How long has Rob Lowe been married to his wife?
Lowe has been married since 1991. He and his wife met on a blind date first, and later on the set of his film “Bad Influence.”
Is Rob Lowe related to Patrick Swayze?
Not in real life, but Lowe played the role of Swayze’s brother in his debut film “The Outsiders.”
Are Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise friends?
Cruise was one of Lowe’s first friends in Hollywood. They met while auditioning for “The Outsiders.”
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