Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Rob Lowe began his acting career at the age of eight in local television and theater. After his family relocated to Los Angeles, Lowe 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.” During that time the show won a record four consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Drama. Lowe was nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Emmy, as well as his third and fourth Golden Globe Awards. He was nominated three times for the Screen Actors Guild award, winning twice.
In 2006, 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. That same year, Lowe completed shooting the psychological drama “Stir of Echoes: The Dead Speak” for Lionsgate Films. At the end of 2006, Rob starred in the TNT movie “A Perfect Day”. The movie tells the story of Robert Harlin (Lowe), a man who, after being fired from his job, pursues his lifetime dream of writing a novel. But after he achieves enormous success with his book, he loses track of the things he loves the most, only finding his way after a stranger enters his life.
Currently, Rob stars in the ABC-TV hit series “Brothers & Sisters”. In 2007, Rob signed on as a continuing guest star in the series in which he plays conservative Senator Robert McCallister, with whom Kitty Walker has recently formed an unorthodox professional and potentially romantic relationship.
In September of 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 production of “Little Hotel on the Side” and “Three Sisters” with Lowe playing Tuzenbach.
Lowe made his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s "The Outsiders". He went on to star in other popular dramas such 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 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".
Lowe has also been successful with highly rated television mini series such as “Beach Girls” for Lifetime, “Salem’s Lot” for TNT, “The Christmas Shoes” for CBS and “The Stand” for ABC.
In addition, 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 Lowe 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 debuted at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and the Los Angeles International Film Festival. The film subsequently aired on Showtime in 1997.
Lowe, his wife and their two sons currently reside in California.