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Real Name: Rob Lowe
Birthday: March 17th

Rob Lowe Biography And Filmography:

Slim and attractive, Rob Lowe was motivated to become an actor after watching a production of "Oliver!" when he was just eleven years old. After his parents' divorce, Rob and younger brother Chad moved to Los Angeles with their mother. He found work in television commercials before landing the role of Eileen Brennan's son in the sitcom "A New Kind of Family" in 1979. 

After a slew of botched pilots and "After School Specials", he got his first screen role as Patrick Swayze's brother in Francis Ford Coppola's young teen movie "The Outsiders" (1983), where two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers and hostility begins to mount between the two gangs, setting off a chaotic chain of events. The movie was a smash hit with young boys and also helped launch the careers of Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise.

Later that year, the actor took a role as a young student whose mother has an affair with his roommate in "Class" (1983) with Jacqueline Bisset. He followed with a series of  roles like "Oxford Blues" (1984) with Ally Sheedy, "Youngblood" (1986) with Keanu Reeves, and the smash hit "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985), about a group of friends, just out of school, who struggle with adulthood. Their main problem is that they're all self-centered and insufferable. Many of Rob's co-stars were labeled by tabloids as 'the Brat Pack'. But his big break came starring with Demi Moore in the romantic comedy "About Last Night" (1986) where a man and woman meet and try to have a romantic affair despite their personal problems and the interference of their disapproving friends.

He had another great role next to Jodie Foster in the comedy "The Hotel New Hampshire" (1984), a film that follows a family that weathers all sorts of disasters and keeps going in spite of it all. He then won a Golden Globe nomination for his role as a mentally challenged young man in "Square Dance" (1986), and did well in the romantic thriller "Masquerade" (1988) with Meg Tilly, about a recently orphaned millionaire who really hates her scheming step-father and finds love with a young yacht racing captain. But his off-camera trouble (including a sex tape of the actor with two young girls) and a flawed performance of "Proud Mary" singing to a phony Snow White during the 1989 Academy Awards show did not help his feature work.

He began to win back some attention with a funny appearance on "Saturday Night Live" where Dana Carvey's Church Lady spanked him for his underage sex video, and then by taking a role in "Bad Influence" (1990) about a wimpy young executive who is about to get pounded by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome stranger steps in and then disappears. 

He then accepted a role in a summer smash hit teen movie as a television tycoon in "Wayne's World" (1992) starring Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere and Lara Flynn Boyle. While the movie was a hit, it also gave Rob some much needed publicity, and his oddball character next to Wayne and Garth won fans. 

After the success of  "Wayne's World", Lowe moved on with his part as a deaf mute in the miniseries Stephen King's "The Stand" (1994), then worked behind the camera, producing and co-starring in the Western "Frank and Jesse" (1995) and directing and scripting the short "Desert's Edge" (1997). He then moved back in front of the camera in a supporting role as a Christian leader in "Contact" (1997) with Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey, where Dr. Ellie Arroway (Foster) after years of searching finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine.

He then had the break-out role that every actor dreams about when he played a small uncredited role as a decapitated henchman's friend in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" (1977). While the role was uncredited, it showed a comedic side to the actor that the public had never seen - and they seemed to like it. Producers were so impressed with his impersonation of co-star Robert Wagner that the actor was cast as as Young "Number Two" in the movie sequel  "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me". This evil role put him on the map, and the "Austin Powers" franchise become a runaway success with its ensemble cast that included top celebrities such as Mike Myers, Liz Hurley, Seth Green, Christian Slater and Heather Graham. 

He returned to series television for the first time since 1979 with a regular role on the drama "The West Wing". He was introduced into the cast of this White House set series as  Sam Seaborn, deputy communications director for the US President (Martin Sheen), a role that distinguished the actor for his good looks, while at the same time showing his talent. In 2001, he won an Emmy nomination for his work on "The West Wing" series, but in 2002 decided to exit the show because the producers would not agree to a pay increase. Despite some reported bickering by his co-stars to keep him on the hit series, the actor was written out, and his departure in February 2003 was shown even earlier than expected. 

In 2003, he was hired and cast to star in the drama "Lyon's Den," where he played an optimistic attorney trying to escape the shadow of his father, a U.S. Senator. Then he was cast in the comedy "The Specials" (2000) where a group of almost superheroes pursue their rightful place in the harshly competitive world of comic books and action figures. 

Lowe then joined his fellow "Austin Powers" actors for the sequel that featured Beyonce Knowles in "Austin Powers in Goldmember" (2002) where upon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the aptly-named villain Goldmember - who is working with Dr. Evil. The following year he appeared with Christina Applegate in the movie "View From The Top" (2003), a romantic comedy about a small-town woman who tries to achieve her goal of becoming a flight attendant. The following year he appeared in a satirical comedy that follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son in the dramatic comedy "Thank You For Not Smoking" (2005).

He returned to series television once again in the short-lived crime drama "Dr. Vegas" (2004) about Dr. Billy Grant who takes the gamble of his life when he leaves behind the world of emergency medicine to become the in-house doctor of a high-end Las Vegas casino, where he attends to the round-the-clock medical needs of guests, employees and their families amid the lures of Sin City. While the premise was appealing, the show was cancelled after only ten episodes. But he actors next series would prove to be around for a bit longer.

In 2006, he was hired and cast alongside Calista Flockhart in the television comedy series "Brothers & Sisters" (2006-) as Robert McCallister, an Emmy Award-winning dramatic television series which centers around the upper class Walker family and their lives in Los Angeles, California. where most of the family members are involved in the family-owned business running Ojai Food Co., a produce distributor. Lowe wrapped his year with the comedy "This Side Of Truth" (2009) with Jonah Hill, Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner, a comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.

In 2008, Rob's personal problems became news fodder for the tabloid and gossip rags as he became embroiled in a lawsuit with a former nanny. Lowe, who accused a former nanny of trying to extort $1.5 million from him and his wife, and filed three separate lawsuits against two of his former nannies and his former chef whom he claims had sex on his bed "with third parties" and stole prescription drugs. He commented publicly about the lawsuits, condemning one of his ex-nannies for what he described as an "attempt to damage and humiliate" and accusing the ex-employees of breach of contract, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

 

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