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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Rob Lowe

Famous For:
St. Elmo's Fire, The West Wing, Parks & Recreation
Networth:
$60 Million
Currently Known For:
Code Black
Famous Years:
1983-Present
Birthdate:
March 17, 1964
Rob Lowe



  Famous For:
St. Elmo's Fire, The West Wing, Parks & Recreation

  Networth:
$60 Million


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It’s always nice in Hollywood to see comeback story after it was thought that an actor’s popularity had gone away. One of those stories comes from Rob Lowe, who had struck it big at a young age in the 1980s but was mainly an afterthought by the end of the decade. When the 2000s kicked off, though, Lowe was back on track as a star and has been one of the most consistently working actors in Hollywood.


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Lowe was born on March 17, 1964 in Charlottesville, Virginia, though he and his brother (fellow actor Chad Lowe) were raised in Ohio. During his teenage years, Lowe and his family headed out west to California that would help to present him with acting opportunities. At the end of the 1970s when Lowe was still only 15 years old, he’d land on television for the first time.

That role came on “A New Kind of Family” where Lowe played Tony Flannagan, and the series lasted for 11 episodes. To kick off the 1980s, Lowe appeared in a pair of Afterschool Specials on ABC, and in 1983 had a TV movie and his big screen debut in the film “The Outsiders”. For the remainder of the decade, Lowe got away from television to focus primarily on feature films. Some of his biggest hits from this time included “St. Elmo’s Fire”, “Oxford Blues” and “About Last Night”.

Controversy would arise in the late 1980s when a videotape was released of Lowe having relations with a young woman prior to the Democratic National Convention where he was campaigning for presidential hopeful Michael Dukakis. That type of scandal was much more damaging 30 years ago, and tarnished Lowe’s career for several years. Things seemed to be getting better when he married Sheryl Berkoff in 1991, and the couple now has two sons and are still together.

According to Lowe, he wouldn’t change how anything went down back then. “I would do everything the same,” he said. “If you go back in time to try to change things, you could end up changing the future. I like where I am in my life. I love my life, I’m really grateful for the things I have, and if I did something different it wouldn’t turn out this way.”

After things had died down from the 1988 controversy, Lowe was being featured in films throughout the 1990s once again. Some of his more memorable roles from this time included “Wayne’s World”, “Tommy Boy” and the “Austin Powers” film series. He also added several TV movies during this time, and landed a notable role at the end of the decade when he was cast as Sam Seaborn on the critically acclaimed series, “The West Wing”.

Lowe said that playing Sam was “the best character that’s ever been written for me, certainly. By far. He added that “And it’s a timeless show, one that’s having another resurgence now, with people so in an uproar politically. You would not believe the amount of feedback I’ve gotten over people binge-watching ‘The West Wing’.” Like anything in his past, he also said he wouldn’t change leaving the show when he did.

Lowe’s role on the show came to an end in 2006, but he didn’t have to wait long until he found another successful series. This time, it was in the drama series “Brothers & Sisters” where he played Robert McAllister for nearly 80 episodes. His string of not taking a break continued in 2010 when his role was finished, and he joined the cast of “Parks & Recreation” as Chris Traeger. That series was then followed up with “The Grinder” that lasted for two seasons, while also making recurring appearances on other shows such as “Californication” and in films such as “The Invention of Lying” and “Thank You For Smoking”.

Lowe has maintained an incredibly busy schedule in recent years that have kept him as an A-lister. On the big screen, Lowe has starred in the recent films “How to Be a Latin Lover” and “Super Troopers 2”, as well as the upcoming “Christmas in the Wild”. TV films are also a big draw for Lowe, who has done voice work for “The Lion Guard” and starred in “The Bad Seed”. Of course, sustained TV success is what’s been the biggest news for Lowe this decade, and that includes plenty of TV appearances such as the CBS drama “Code Black”.

A lot of award nominations have come Lowe’s way throughout his career. At the Golden Globes, Lowe has been nominated six different times spanning from 1984 to 2016 for “The Grinder”. Lowe also has an Emmy Award nomination for “The West Wing”, though he didn’t win at either of the major shows. Some of his more notable wins come from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and he received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.

If you ask Lowe personally, he foresaw all of his success eventually coming, saying that he willed his long career into fruition. “I knew, for no good reason at eight years old in Dayton, Ohio that I was going to be an actor,” he said. “I mean, that’s crazy...I knew I was going to do this. But I also know the sacrifices and the things I had to not do in order to do this - whether it was high school sports or going to the prom.”

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