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Rob Lowe



American brothers Rob and Chad Lowe became actors in childhood (Chad would ultimately win an Emmy for his TV work). Rob was acting from the age of eight in 1972; seven years later, he was a regular on the TV series A New Kind of Family, playing the teenaged son of star Eileen Brennan. That series was shot down quickly, but Lowe's film career picked up when newspaper and magazine articles began aligning the handsome, sensitive young actor with the burgeoning Hollywood "brat pack," which included such new talent as Molly Ringwald, Matt Dillon, Charlie Sheen, and Anthony Michael Hall. Along with several fellow "packers" (Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Emilio Estevez), Lowe starred in 1985's St. Elmo's Fire; this film and the earlier Hotel New Hampshire (1984) represent the most memorable projects in Lowe's otherwise negligible film output. In 1989, Lowe's already flagging film stardom received a severe setback when he was accused of videotaping his sexual activities with an underage girl (the evidence has since become a choice item on the sub-rosa video cassette circuit). Arrested for his misdeeds, Lowe performed several hours' worth of community service, then tried to reactivate his career. Since then, Lowe has matured into something of a brat-pack George Hamilton, successfully lampooning his previous screen image in such comedies as Wayne's World (1992) and Tommy Boy (1995).

Though his comedic endeavors would continue throughout the 1990s in films such as Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and its sequel, Lowe gained notice for such dramatic roles as that of the mute and strangely plague-immune Nick Andros in the long-anticipated TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand (1994). Lowe's roles throughout the '90s may have not been the prominently featured roles in A-list films that his early shooting-star may have suggested, though he did maintain steady work in an interesting variety of small-budget projects. Lowe's casting on the popular political drama The West Wing brought the actor back into the public eye in what many considered to be one of the most intelligently written dramatic series on television. His turn as quick-witted liberal speechwriter Sam Seaborn brought Lowe through the dark days of his scandalous past, back to an audience who may have forgotten his charm as an actor. He would stay with the series until 2005, all while continuing to pick new projects that involved creativity and an open mind. He tested his limits with roles in films like Salem's Lot and Thank You For Smoking, and in 2004, he began starring in his own TV series, playing Dr. Billy Grant on the crime drama Dr. Vegas. The show lasted until 2008, by which time he had already signed on for the prime time dramedy Brothers & Sisters, starring alongside Calista Flockhart. He had a major part in The Invention of Lying in 2009, and that same year he landed a regular gig on the well-reviewed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. In 2011 he was the executive producer and one of the leads in the ensemble film I Melt With You.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet How to Be a Latin Lover
  • Actor
2017
33% Monster Trucks
  • Reece Tenneson
2017
No Score Yet Pocket Listing
  • Frank Hunter
2016
No Score Yet The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar
  • Simba
2015
No Score Yet The Novack Murders
  • Ben Novack Jr.
  • Executive Producer
2015
17% Sex Tape
  • Hank
2014
95% Behind the Candelabra
  • Actor
2013
28% Knife Fight
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet Prosecuting Casey Anthony
  • Jeff Ashton
  • Producer
2013
56% Killing Kennedy
  • John F. Kennedy
2013
No Score Yet Drew Peterson: Untouchable
  • Drew Peterson
2012
12% I Melt with You
  • Jonathan
  • Executive Producer
2011
20% Breakaway
  • Coach Dan Winters
2011
58% The Invention of Lying
  • Brad Kessler
2009
No Score Yet Too Late to Say Goodbye
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Stir of Echoes 2: The Homecoming
  • Ted Cogan
2007
No Score Yet Thursdays Child
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet A Perfect Day
  • Rob Harlan
2006
No Score Yet The Christmas Shoes
  • Robert Layton
2006
86% Thank You for Smoking
  • Jeff Megall
2006
No Score Yet Beach Girls
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Christmas Blessing
  • Robert Clayton
2005
No Score Yet Beach Girls
  • Jack Kilvert
2005
22% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
  • Himself
2005
No Score Yet Perfect Strangers
  • Lloyd Rockwell
2004
No Score Yet Salem's Lot
  • Ben Mears
2004
14% View from the Top
  • Sierra Co-Pilot
2003
54% Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Intermediate Number Two
2002
No Score Yet Jane Doe
  • David Doe
2001
No Score Yet Proximity
  • William Conroy
2001
No Score Yet Framed
  • Mike Santini
2001
No Score Yet One Hell of a Guy
  • Nick
2000
47% The Specials
  • The Weevil
2000
0% Escape Under Pressure
  • John Roman
2000
51% Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Young No. 2
1999
No Score Yet Atomic Train
  • John Seger
1999
No Score Yet For Hire
  • Mitch Lawrence
1999
No Score Yet Dead Silent
  • Kevin Finney
1999
No Score Yet Crazy Six
  • Crazy Six
1998
No Score Yet Outrage
  • Tom Casey
1998
No Score Yet Hostile Intent
  • Cleary
1997
62% Contact
  • Richard Rank
1997
No Score Yet Living in Peril
  • Walter Woods
1997
70% Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
  • Actor
1997
31% Mulholland Falls
  • Flynn's
1996
No Score Yet Jack Higgins' 'On Dangerous Ground'
  • Sean Dillon
1996
No Score Yet Frank & Jesse
  • Producer
  • Jesse
1995
44% Tommy Boy
  • Paul
1995
No Score Yet First Degree
  • Det. Rick Mallory
1995
No Score Yet Midnight Man (Eye of the Storm)(Jack Higgins' Midnight Man)
  • Sean Dillon
1995
No Score Yet Stories From My Childhood #2
  • Actor
1995
60% Wayne's World 2
  • Benjamin Kane
1993
No Score Yet Suddenly, Last Summer
  • Doctor Cukrowicz
1993
85% Wayne's World
  • Benjamin Oliver
1992
45% The Dark Backward
  • Dirk
1991
No Score Yet The Finest Hour
  • Hammer
1991
No Score Yet If the Shoe Fits
  • Francesco Salvitore
1990
71% Bad Influence
  • Alex
1990
No Score Yet Stroke of Midnight
  • Francesco Salvitore
1990
43% Masquerade
  • Tim Whalan
1988
0% Illegally Yours
  • Richard Dice
1988
31% Square Dance
  • Rory
1987
61% About Last Night
  • Danny Martin
1986
38% Youngblood
  • Dean Youngblood
1986
47% St. Elmo's Fire
  • Billy Hicks
1985
No Score Yet Oxford Blues
  • Nick De Angelo
1984
77% The Hotel New Hampshire
  • John Berry
1984
25% Class
  • Skip
1983
65% The Outsiders
  • Sodapop Curtis
1983
No Score Yet Thursday's Child
  • Sam Alden
1983
No Score Yet A Matter of Time
  • Jeff Bartlett
1981
No Score Yet Schoolboy Father
  • Charles Elderbury
1980
No Score Yet Konyok-gorbunok (The Humpbacked Horse)
  • [English version]
1975

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
31% Moonbeam City
2015
  • Producer
  • Voice
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
  • Guest
83% You, Me and the Apocalypse
2015
  • Father Jude Sutton
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet You, Me and the End of the World
2015
  • Actor
53% Code Black
2015
  • Col. Ethan Willis
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
90% Parks and Recreation
2009-2015
  • Chris Traeger
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
  • Guest
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Sam Seaborn Sam Seaborne
No Score Yet Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
  • Senator Robert McCallister Sen. Robert McCallister
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
93% The Grinder
2015-2016
  • Producer
  • Dean Sanderson Jr. Dean Sanderson
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
27% Chelsea
2016
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Eddie Nero
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host of 'Food, Sex or Cars?'
  • Guest
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
  • Appearing

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