Born in Charlottesville, Va., and raised in Dayton, Ohio,
Rob Lowe began his acting career at age 8 in local television and theater. After his family relocated to Los Angeles,
he began his national acting career starring in the ABC television series A
New Kind of Family.
For four seasons, Lowe starred as Sam Seaborn on Hit NBC
drama The West Wing. For his
work on the series, he earned an Emmy® nomination and two Golden
Globe® nominations. He also won two Screen Actors Guild Awards®
as part of The West Wing’s ensemble cast.
Early this year, Lowe starred in the hit satire Thank You for Smoking. His hilarious portrayal of a kimono-wearing,
Zen-like Hollywood agent garnered him rave reviews. Also this year, he completed shooting the psychological drama Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming for
Lionsgate Films. And he will soon
appear in a six-story arc on the series Brothers & Sisters.
In September 2005, Lowe made his West End debut starring in
Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men to rave reviews at the Royal Haymarket
Theatre in London. Additional theatre
credits include the Broadway productions of Little Hotel on the Side
and Three Sisters.
Lowe made his feature-film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders. He went on to star in such other popular dramas as St. Elmo’s Fire, About Last Night and Bad
Influence, as well as the blockbuster comedies Wayne’s World and Tommy Boy. After Wayne’s
World, Lowe re-teamed with Mike Myers in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. His other feature-film credits include A View from the Top, Class,
The Hotel New Hampshire, Oxford Blues, Youngblood, Square Dance,
Masquerade and Mulholland Falls. He has
also been successful with such highly rated television productions as Salem’s
Lot for TNT, Beach Girls for Lifetime, The Christmas Shoes
for CBS and The Stand for ABC.
In addition to his work as an actor, Lowe has added
producer, writer and director to his credits.
In 1994, he produced and starred in the film Frank and Jesse for Trimark Pictures. For television, he produced the NBC series The Lyon’s Den
and the CBS series Dr. Vegas. He
also wrote and directed the short film Desert’s
Edge, which premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and the Los
Angeles International Film Festival. The
film subsequently aired on Showtime.