Chad Lowe Biography

(Actor, Director)

Birthday: January 15, 1968 (Capricorn)

Born In: Dayton, Ohio, United States

Chad Lowe is an American actor, director, and producer, best known for his performance in the television series ‘Life Goes On’ that earned him an Emmy award. He also won acclaim for his performances in other television serials and telefilms such as ‘Melrose Place’, ‘Now and Again’, ‘ER’, ‘Silence of the Heart’, ‘April Morning’ and ‘Pretty Little Liars’. Charles followed in the footsteps of his elder brother Rob Lowe to commence his acting career in Hollywood. He made his debut in the 1984 British comedy-drama movie, ‘Oxford Blues’, in which he starred alongside Rob Lowe. Soon after, he bagged the protagonist’s role in the sitcom, ‘Spencer’ and also starred in the telefilms, ‘Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac’ and ‘Silence of the Heart’. Landing the part of Jesse, a young man stricken with AIDS, in the family drama TV series, ‘Life Goes On’ was a turning point in his career. He went on to win an Emmy Award for his role in ‘Life Goes On’. He made guest appearances in many TV series and programs including ‘CSI: Miami’, ‘Superman’, Touched by an Angel’, ‘Medium’, ‘Story Time’, ‘The Apartment Complex’, and ‘An Inconvenient Woman’. Charles Lowe’s big screen forays include roles in ‘Unfaithful’, ‘Floating’, ‘Quiet Days in Hollywood’, ‘True Blood’, ‘Nobody’s Perfect’, ‘Apprentice to Murder’, and ‘Highway to Hell’. He has also excelled as a director and filmmaker; some of his prominent directorial ventures include ‘Beautiful Ohio’, ‘Bones’, ‘Twisted’, and ‘Pretty Little Liars’.
Quick Facts

Also Known As: Charles Davis Lowe II

Age: 56 Years, 56 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Kim Painter (m. 2010), Hilary Swank (m. 1997–2007)

father: Charles D. Lowe

mother: Barbara Hepler

siblings: Justin W. Lowe, Micah Dyer, Rob Lowe

children: Fiona Hepler Lowe, Mabel Painter Lowe

Actors Directors

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males

U.S. State: Ohio

Childhood & Early Life
Chad Lowe was born on 15 January 1968 in Dayton, Ohio to Charles Davis Lowe and Barbara Lynn Wilson. His father, Charles Lowe, was an appellate lawyer, and his mother, Barbara Lynn was a teacher. Actor Rob Lowe is Chad’s elder brother while Justin Lowe and Micah Dyer are his stepbrothers.
Chad spent the initial years of his childhood in Dayton, growing up in an archetypal Midwestern environment. The first school he attended was Oakwood Junior High School in Montgomery County before relocating to Malibu, California with his elder brother and mother. He continued his education in Santa Monica High School.
Chad’s parents separated during his childhood. He went to Santa Monica High School along with Rob Lowe, his older brother, the same school attended by Robert Downey, Jr., Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, and Chris Penn.
His professional career took off in the 80s when he debuted on the small screen, making appearances in TV series and telefilms. He was hugely inspired by Martin Sheen, a celebrated Hollywood actor, and father of renowned actor, Charlie Sheen, to take up acting as a career when he was only 15.
A talent scouting agent helped him find two jobs simultaneously just on the eve of his 16th birthday.
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After completing his education, Chad Lowe shifted to New York City and took up an acting course. One of the earliest appearances he made was in a cult-movie ‘The Outsiders’ directed by Francis Ford Coppola of ‘Godfather’ fame. He shared screen space with Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Diane Lane, and Patrick Swayze in the film.
He made his TV series debut in 1984 by cornering the lead role in the sitcom ‘Spencer’. However, after starring in six episodes, he quit the series owing to disputes regarding remuneration and difference of opinions. In 1984, Chad starred for the first time in a telefilm, ‘Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac’. In that year, he also appeared in another televised drama-film, ‘The Silence of the Heart’ produced by CBS Television where he starred alongside actor and childhood friend, Charlie Sheen.
He made a cameo appearance as a computer hacker in a United Artists/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, ‘Oxford Blues’ (1984) sharing screen space with Rob Lowe.
In 1986, he starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor as her son, Jason Sydney in the television movie, ‘There Must Be a Pony’ produced by ABC TV.
Chad appeared as Adam Cooper in the CBS telefilm, ‘April Morning’ that portrayed the battles of Lexington and Concord fought on the eve American Revolutionary War. Robert Ulrich and Tommy Lee Jones were amongst the most notable actors who appeared in the movie.
His debut feature film was ‘Apprentice to Murder’, (1988) a horror movie, where he enacted the role of Billy Kelly, acting alongside the veteran actor Donald Sutherland. He played Michael Wells in CBS schoolbreak special TV episode “No Means No” in 1988. In 1990, Chad Lowe portrayed Billy Kincaid in the movie, ‘So Proudly We Hail’. He played Jeff Frost in the film ‘Captive’ released in 1991. In the same year, he starred as Kippie Petworth in the TV miniseries, ‘An Inconvenient Woman’.
He hosted the syndicated TV special, ‘Understanding HIV: Does Teen America Know the Facts?’, in 1991.
Landing the part of Jesse McKenna in the last two seasons of the American TV series, ‘Life Goes On’ that was aired from 1991-1993, was a breakthrough moment for Chad’s acting career. His ex-manager, Tim Wood’s struggle with AIDS inspired him hugely in his poignant portrayal of Jesse.
He made recurring appearances in episodes of TV series, ‘Snowy River: The McGregor Saga’, ‘ER’, ‘Now and Again’, and ‘Popular’.
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He depicted Carter Gallavan, a well-to-do and tech-savvy maverick in all the episodes of the FOX TV teleserial ‘Melrose Place’ from 1996-1997.
He has wowed small screen audiences and critics with his impressive performances in TV serials and episodes including ‘The Apartment Complex’, ‘Target Earth’, ‘Fielder’s Choice’, ‘Fighting for My Daughter’, and ‘In a New Light’. He depicted folklore singer, John Denver, in the 2000 telefilm ‘Take Me Home: The John Denver Story’.
Chad Lowe made his presence felt on the silver screen through his memorable roles in ‘Quiet Days in Hollywood’, ‘Nobody’s Perfect’, ‘True Blood’, ‘Floating’, ‘Highway to Hell’, ‘Candles in the Dark’, and ‘Driven’. He appeared as Phil Stone in the 2002 movie, ‘Unfaithful’, starring opposite Richard Gere and Diane Lane.
He also acted in several other films like ‘Entourage’, ‘Manufacturing Dissent’, ‘Red Betsy’, ‘Others’, ‘Trading Favors’, ‘Suicide: The Comedy’, and ‘Siringo’.
Chad Lowe’s directorial credits include TV shows and movies like, ‘American Housewife’, ‘Life in Pieces’, ‘Beautiful Ohio’, ‘The Audition’, ‘The Space Between’ ‘Twisted’, ‘The Grinder’, ‘Stitchers’, and ‘Notorious’. He worked as an associate producer for the TV show, ‘Town of the Living Dead’.
Chad Lowe has also appeared in many stage productions. Some of his prominent stage performances include ‘Coming of Age in Soho’, ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’, ‘Night of 100 Stars III’, ‘Burning Blue’, ‘The Exonerated’, and ‘Blue Denim’.
Major Works
Chad Lowe's poignant portrayal of Jesse McKenna in the T.V. series 'Life Goes On' is considered to be his most remarkable performance till date.
Awards & Achievements
Chad Lowe was nominated for Daytime Emmy Outstanding Performer Award in 1989 for his performance in CBS Schoolbreak Special 1984 episode, ‘No Means No’.
In 1993, he received the Primetime Emmy Outstanding Performer Award for his depiction of Jesse McKenna in ‘Life Goes On’. In that year, he also bagged the Quality TV Award for ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series’ for the same role.
In 2007, he was conferred the Sarasota Film Festival ‘Special Jury Prize’ for ‘Best Debut Director’ for the movie, ‘Beautiful Ohio’.
Personal Life & Legacy
Chad Lowe confessed to having fallen in love at first sight after he saw actress Hilary Swank while they were filming for the movie, ‘Quiet Days in Hollywood’ in 1992. After an extended courtship that lasted for years, they tied the knot on 28 September 1997. Their relationship lasted for nearly a decade and they divorced in 2007.
Following the announcement of their separation, Chad started going out with producer Kim Painter and married her in a private ceremony on 27 August 2010. Chad and Kim have three daughters, Mabel Painter Lowe, Fiona Helper Lowe, and Nixie Barbara Lowe.


Primetime Emmy Awards
1993 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Life Goes On (1989)

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