Rob Lowe Biography

Rob Lowe is an American television and film actor, best known for his character ‘Sam Seaborn’ from the television series ‘The West Wing’. Explore this biography to learn more about his profile, childhood, life and timeline.

Rob Lowe
Quick Facts

Birthday: March 17, 1964

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Rob Lowe Alcoholics

Age: 55 Years, 55 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Pisces

Also Known As: Robert Hepler Lowe

Born in: Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.

Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Sheryl Berkoff (m. 1991)

father: Barbara Lynn

mother: Charles Davis Lowe

siblings: Chad Lowe, Justin Lowe, Micah Dyer

children: John Owen Lowe, Matthew Edward Lowe

U.S. State: Virginia

Ideology: Democrats

Founder/Co-Founder: Homeowner's Defense Fund

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With charming ‘chocolate-boy’ looks and a charismatic smile that captured every girl’s fancy Rob Lowe became one of the hottest teenage sensations during the 1980s. This ‘teenage heartthrob’ made his mark on television as ‘Sam Seaborn’, in the television series ‘The West Wing,’ following which, he received tremendous success. Some of his films include, ‘Wayne’s World’, ‘Contact’, ‘Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me’ and ‘The Specials’ which earned him great fame and worldwide recognition. He is also a member of the ‘Brat Pack’, a group of actors who often appeared together in teenage, ‘coming-of-age’ films in the 1980s. He was one of the most influential actors during his time and his career catapulted to great heights owing to his portrayals in teenager-based movies. This Golden Globe-nominated actor is an active philanthropist, who has helped raise millions of dollars for breast cancer initiatives and other women’s health related issues. He began his career as a model and turned to acting during his teenage years and went on to become one of the most legendary sensations in the 20th century.

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Rob Lowe
Childhood & Early Life
  • Born to Barbara Lynn and Davis Lowe, Rob Lowe was mostly raised in Dayton, Ohio where he attended the Oakwood Junior High School.
  • After he moved to California with his mother and brother, Chad Lowe, he attended the Santa Monica High School.
  • At the age of eight, he decided to pursue acting after he watched a production of ‘Oliver’. He soon began appearing on local television and also worked for theatres.
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  • In 1983, he was starred for the first time in the television film ‘Thursday’s Child’, a story about a 17 year old boy who suffered from a heart disease for which he earned his first Golden Globe nomination. The same year he got his first major role in ‘The Outsiders’, an American drama film.
  • In 1985, he appeared in ‘St. Elmpo’s Fire’, an American coming-of-age film directed by Joel Schumacher.
  • In 1986, he starred opposite Demi Moore in the comedy-drama ‘About Last Night’, directed by Edward Zwick.
  • He rose to fame in the 1980s and became one of the hottest teenage sensations and soon came to be known as the ‘teenage heartthrob’.
  • He received his second Golden Globe nomination for his role as ‘Rory’, a mentally disabled person in the 1987 drama film ‘Square Dance’, directed by Daniel Petrie.
  • In the 1990s, he appeared in films like ‘Wayne’s World’, ‘Contact’, ‘Austin Powers: The spy Who Shagged Me’ and ‘The Specials’.
  • In 1999, he acted in the NBC television drama, ‘The West Wing’ as ‘Sam Seaborn’, one of his best known roles till date. His performance earned him two Golden Globe nominations and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
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  • He became successful in the miniseries genre in the late 1990s.
  • In 2004 he starred in TNT’s miniseries ‘Salem’s Lot’, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same title.
  • In 2005, he played the role of ‘Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee’ in Aaron Sorkin’s play, ‘A Few Good Men’. The same year he starred on Lifetime Network’s miniseries, ‘Beach Girls’.
  • He gained great critical acclaim and worldwide recognition with the the 2005 film ‘Thank you for Smoking’, in which he played the role of ‘Jeff Megall’, a Hollywood super movie agent.
  • In 2007, he acted in the television film ‘Stir of Ethos: The Homecoming’, which premiered on the ‘Sci-Fi-Channel’, an American cable television channel.
  • In 2009, he was cast in ‘The Invention of Lying’, a comedy film directed by Ricky Gervais and also the played the lead role in the movie ‘Too Late To Say Goodbye’
  • In 2010, he featured in the biographical series the ‘Brat Pack: Where Are They Now’. He also made an appearance on the ‘The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien’.
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  • He is currently a cast member in the NBC television series, ‘Parks and Recreation’.
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Major Works
  • He appeared in the ‘The West Wing’, a television drama that garnered 16 million viewers and was rated number 13 on ‘TV Guides’ list of ‘The 50 Greatest Dramas of All Time’. The show was well received by critics and was also praised by political science pundits and former White House staffers.
  • His 2005 miniseries ‘Beach Girls’ received the highest ratings in the history of ‘Lifetime Network’.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 2000, ‘People Magazine’ featured him on their list of ‘50 Most Beautiful People in the World’.
  • In 2001 and 2002, he was the recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Award in the category, ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series’ for ‘The West Wing’.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • He became deaf in the right ear after he contracted a viral infection during infancy.
  • He was romantically involved with actress Melissa Gilbert, German actress Nastassja Kinki and Princess St�phanie of Monaco.
  • In 1991, he married Sheryl Berkoff, a makeup artist. The couple have two children.
  • He was the first male spokesperson for the ‘Lee National Denim Day’ a fundraiser created by ‘Lee Jeans’ to raise funds for the cause of breast cancer research.
  • He is the founder of the ‘Homeowner's Defense Fund’, a Santa Barbara County non-profit, non-partisan organization.
  • In 2011, his memoir ‘Stories I Only Tell My Friends’ was released. It is an autobiographical account of his journey from a model to the heights of stardom.
  • This Golden Globe nominated American film and television actor was involved in a scandalous video with a minor girl.

1. The Outsiders (1983)

  (Drama, Crime)

2. Contact (1997)

  (Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Thriller)

3. Thank You for Smoking (2005)

  (Drama, Comedy)

4. Wayne's World (1992)

  (Comedy, Music)

5. Tommy Boy (1995)

  (Adventure, Comedy)

6. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

  (Adventure, Comedy)

7. The Interview (2014)


8. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

  (Comedy, Adventure, Crime, Action)

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