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Robert Hepler "Rob" Lowe (born March 17, 1964) is an American film and television actor. He garnered fame after appearing in such films as The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, About Last Night..., St. Elmo's Fire, Wayne's World, Tommy Boy, and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. On television, he played Sam Seaborn on The West Wing and Senator Robert McCallister on Brothers & Sisters. He is currently appearing on Parks and Recreation as Chris Traeger.

Early life[edit]Edit

Lowe was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, the son of Barbara Lynn (née Hepler), a schoolteacher and native of Shelby County, Ohio, and Charles Davis Lowe, a trial lawyer. His parents divorced when Lowe and his younger brother, actor Chad, were very young. Lowe also has two half-brothers. Because of a virus during infancy, he is deaf in his right ear (he later played a deaf character in Stephan King's The Stand). Lowe was baptized into the Espiscopal church. He is of English, Irish, German, Welsh, and Scottish descent. He was raised in a "traditional midwestern setting" in Dayton, Ohio, attending Oakwood Junior High School, before moving to the Point Dume area of Malibu, California with his mother and brother. He attended Santa Monica High School, the same high school as opera singer Rick Piersall and fellow actors Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Robert Downy Jr., and Sean and Chris Penn.

Personal lifeEdit

Lowe is a fan of the Indianapolis Colts and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Family and relationships[edit]Edit

Lowe, a little-known actor at the time, and Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert briefly met at age 14 in 1978 in the halls of the CBS Television Studios. In 1981, when both were 17, Gilbert spotted Lowe stopped at the red light next to her car and the two began dating. During the filming The Hotel New Hampshire (1984), Lowe began an affair with Nastassja Kinski. In Gilbert's 2009 autobiography, Prairie Tale: A Memoir, she talks about sleeping with Lowe's then-best friend, John Cusack, while Lowe was away filming. According to Gilbert, she caught Lowe in Kinski's hotel room and then slept with Cusack out of revenge. Lowe broke up with Gilbert in 1986 when he began dating Princess Stephanie of Monaco, but when the relationship with the princess ended, Gilbert and Lowe reunited. The two quickly got engaged and were to be married in the summer of 1987. But when Gilbert informed Lowe that she was pregnant, he broke up with her for good. She miscarried several days later.

Lowe married makeup artist Sheryl Berkoff in July 1991. They met each other in 1983 on a blind date, and again in 1989 when Lowe was filming Bad Influence. The couple have two sons: Matthew Edward Lowe (b. 1993), and John Owen Lowe (b. 1995)

Filmography[edit]Edit

Film[edit]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Outsiders Sodapop Curtis
Class Franklin 'Skip' Burroughs IV
1984 The Hotel New Hampshire John Berry
Oxford Blues Nick De Angelo
1985 Go-Go's: Prime Time Hunk at the dance ("Turn to You")
St. Elmo's Fire Billy Hixx Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
1986 Youngblood Dean Youngblood
About Last Night... Danny Martin
1987 Square Dance Rory Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1988 Masquerade Tim Whalen
Illegally Yours Richard Dice Limited release
1990 If the Shoe Fits Francesco Salvitore
Bad Influence Alex
1991 The Finest Hour Lawrence Hammer
The Dark Backward Dirk Delta Limited release
1992 Wayne's World Benjamin Kane
1993 Fox Hunt Edison Pettibone
1994 Frank & Jesse Jesse James Limited release
1995 Tommy Boy Paul Barish
1997 For Hire Mitch Lawrence Straight-to-video
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Decapitated Henchman's Friend
Living in Peril Walter Woods
Contact Richard Rank
Hostile Intent Cleary
1998 One Hell of a Guy Nick Released in Australian cinemas
Crazy Six Billie, a.k.a. Crazy Six
1999 Dead Silent Kevin Finney Limited release
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Number Two from 1969
2000 The Specials The Weevil/Tony Limited release
2001 Proximity William Conroy Released in Spanish cinemas, Straight-to-DVD
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Middle Number Two
2002 Framed Det. Mike Santini
2003 View from the Top Co-Pilot Steve Bench
2004 Perfect Strangers Lloyd Rockwell
2005 Thank You for Smoking Jeff Megall
2009 Majesty Himself Appeared briefly in a DVD by The Black Dahlia Murder
The Invention of Lying Brad Kessler
2011 I Melt With You Jonathan
Breakaway[38] Coach Dan Winters
2012 Knife Fight Paul Turner
2013 Behind the Candelabra Dr. Jack Startz

Television[edit]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1979 A New Kind of Family Tony Flannagan 11 episodes, TV series
1980–1981 ABC Afterschool Special Charles Elderberry/Jeff Bartlett 2 episodes; "Schoolboy father", "A Matter of Time"
1983 Thursday's Child Sam Alden Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1993 Suddenly, Last Summer Doctor Cukrowicz TV Film
1994 The Stand Nick Andros TV Miniseries
1995 Midnight Man Sean Dillon TV Film
1996 On Dangerous Ground Sean Dillon TV Film
First Degree Det. Rick Mallory TV Film
1998 Outrage Tom Casey TV Film
Stories from My Childhood Voice 1 episode
1999 Atomic Train John Seger TV Film
Winding Roads Partygoer TV Film
1999–2006 The West Wing Sam Seaborn 82 episodes

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series(2001–2002) Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama(2000–2001) Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series(2001) Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series(2003)

2000 Under pressure (aka The Cruel Deep) John Spencer TV Film
2001 Jane Doe David Doe TV Film
2002 Framed Mike Santini TV Film
The Christmas Shoes Robert Layton TV Film
2003 The Lyon's Den Jack Turner 13 episodes
2004 Salem's Lot Ben Mears TV Miniseries
Perfect Strangers Lloyd Rockwell TV Film
2004 Dr. Vegas Dr. Billy Grant 10 episodes
2005 Beach Girls Jack Kilvert Miniseries; 6 episodes
The Christmas Blessing Robert Layton TV Film
2006 A Perfect Day Rob Harlan TV Film
2006–2010 Brothers & Sisters Robert McCallister 78 episodes - Recurring role season 1, starring role seasons 2-4
2007, 2009 Family Guy Stanford Cordray

Himself

2 episodes
2007 Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming Ted Cogan TV Film
2010 – present Parks and Recreation Chris Traeger Recurring role season 2, starring role beginning season 3, recurring role in season 4
2011 Young Justice Captain Marvel Recurring role season 1
Californication Eddie Nero Recurring role season 4, 5, and 6
2012 Drew Peterson: Untouchable Drew Peterson TV Film
2013 Prosecuting Casey Anthony Jeff Ashton TV Film
2013 Behind the Candelabra Dr. Jack Startz[39] TV Film
2013 To Appomattox General Ulysses S. Grant TV Miniseries

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