Chad Lowe

Actor
A onetime teen star riding the wake of his heartthrob brother, Rob, Chad Lowe won professional laurels early in his career before paralleling his sibling's pattern of personal turmoil and journeyman's acting rsum. A ... Read more »
Born: 01/15/1968 in Dayton, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (54)

Pretty Little Liars 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 1996 - 1997, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Popular 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1996 - 2000, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Swing State 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Celebrity Charades 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Medium 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Betsy 2003 (Movie)

Orin Sanders (Actor)

Robin Cook's Acceptable Risk 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Unfaithful 2002 (Movie)

Phil Stone (Actor)

Night Visions 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Now and Again 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Others 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Poltergeist: The Legacy 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Martin Short Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Your Guardian 2000 (Movie)

Parker Smith (Actor)

Floating 1999 (Movie)

Doug (Actor)

Driven 1998 (Movie)

LeGrand (Actor)

Trading Favors 1998 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

Hollywood Hockey Cup 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Me and My Hormones 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Suicide: The Comedy 1997 (Movie)

JJ (Actor)

Quiet Days in Hollywood 1995 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Siringo 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Captive 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Highway to Hell 1992 (Movie)

Charlie Sykes (Actor)

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Perfect 1990 (Movie)

Stephen/Stephanie (Actor)

So Proudly We Hail 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

No Means No 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

True Blood 1989 (Movie)

Donny Trueblood (Actor)

Apprentice to Murder 1988 (Movie)

Billy Kelly (Actor)

Spencer 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

An Inconvenient Woman (TV Show)

Actor

April Morning (TV Show)

Actor

Candles in the Dark (TV Show)

Actor

Dare to Love (TV Show)

Actor

Fielder's Choice (TV Show)

Actor

Fighting For My Daughter (TV Show)

Actor

Proudly We Hail (Movie)

Billy Kincaid (Actor)

Silence of the Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Target Earth (TV Show)

Actor

The Apartment Complex (TV Show)

Actor

There Must Be a Pony (TV Show)

Actor
Director (5)

Rizzoli & Isles 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Bones 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Twisted 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Beautiful Ohio 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 (Tv Show)

Director
Producer (1)

Beautiful Ohio 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A onetime teen star riding the wake of his heartthrob brother, Rob, Chad Lowe won professional laurels early in his career before paralleling his sibling's pattern of personal turmoil and journeyman's acting résumé. A Midwestern boy transplanted to the West Coast at an early age, Lowe found his way to Hollywood as a teenager, landing the title role on the sitcom, "Spencer" (NBC, 1984-85), and went on to win an Emmy Award for his portrayal of a young man suffering from AIDS on the family drama "Life Goes On" (ABC, 1989-1993). He did a stint on Aaron Spelling's primetime soap "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1992-99), and the next year married longtime girlfriend, and another of Spelling's stars, Hilary Swank. But within a matter of years, Swank's career eclipsed Lowe's, as she rose to become one of the most lauded actors in Hollywood, earning two Best Actress Oscars in ensuing years. Ever less enamored with his own roles, mostly TV series guest roles and minor film work, he developed a substance abuse problem, which ultimately helped lead to their divorce in 2006. He rebounded by directing the well-received indie feature "Beautiful Ohio" (2006), and, in another bit of symmetry with Rob's roller-coaster career, which had seen a revival on the political drama "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006), he made his most intensive return to TV playing a presidential advisor on "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). Though having lived a cautionary story of the high expectations and resulting pitfalls that too often accompanied youthful stardom, Lowe also demonstrated the twin assets so often needed in to stay afloat Hollywood: resilience and reinvention.

Relationships

Chuck Lowe

Father

Rob Lowe Actor

Brother
Born March 17, 1964; starred in "The Outsiders" (1983) and "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985); played Sam Seaborn on "The West Wing" (NBC)

Barbara Lowe

Mother

Mabel Lowe

Daughter
Born May 16, 2009; mother, Kim Painter

Fiona Lowe

Daughter
Born Nov. 16, 2012; mother, Kim Painter

Kim Painter Assistant

Wife
Began dating fall 2006 Married Aug. 27, 2010 in an intimate ceremony in Los Angeles, CA

Hilary Swank Actor

Wife
Met c. 1992 while acting together in "Quiet Days in Hollywood" (shown at 1997 Cannes Film Festival) Married Sept. 28, 1997 Filed for divorce May 2006 Divorced Nov. 1, 2007

EDUCATION

Santa Monica High School

Santa Monica , California

Milestones

2007

Joined the cast of "24" (FOX) playing Deputy Chief of Staff Reed Pollock

2006

Directed the independent film, "Beautiful Ohio"

2005

Starred in the Hallmark Channel movie "Fielder's Choice," as a bachelor whose life changes when he takes in his young nephew

2005

Produced and hosted the AMC series "Celebrity Charades," based on a game that Lowe developed with wife Hilary Swank

2003

Debuted as a TV director with and episode of NBC's "Law & Order: SVU"

2002

Cast opposite Richard Gere and Diane Lane in "Unfaithful"

2001

Guest-starred on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" as a grown man involved in an incestuous relationship with his mother

2000

Portrayed country singer John Denver in the CBS biopic, "Take Me Home: The John Denver Story"

2000

Made his directorial debut with the short film, "The Audition"

1999

Had a recurring role on the WB teen drama, "Popular"

1996

Played a recurring role on the FOX drama, "Melrose Place" as Carter Gallavan, an eccentric, wealthy computer genius

1991

Returned to Los Angeles

1991

Joined the acclaimed ABC family drama "Life Goes On" for its last two seasons; played Jesse McKenna, the HIV-positive boyfriend of Becca (Kellie Martin)

1991

Cast in the ABC miniseries, "An Inconvenient Woman"

1988

First film credit, "Apprentice to Murder"

1986

Cast in the ABC TV-movie "There Must Be a Pony" as Elizabeth Taylor's son

1984

Made uncredited film debut in "Oxford Blues"; starring his brother Rob Lowe

1984

Made TV debut in the NBC movie, "Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac"

1984

TV series debut in NBC's "Spencer"; left series after six episodes reportedly due to a salary dispute and/or creative differences

Appeared off-Broadway in the Public Theatre production of "Coming of Age in Soho"

Moved to New York to study acting

Acted in the Williamstown Festival production of "Huckleberry Finn"

Found an agent and landed two jobs on the same day just before his 16th birthday

At age 15, encouraged to become an actor by Martin Sheen

Bonus Trivia

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In 1991, Lowe began doing volunteer work for a Los Angeles homeless shelter called The Los Angeles Youth Network. He runs group discussions for homeless teens.

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