ROB LOWE (Hank Rosenbaum) was born in Charlottesville,
Virginia, and raised in Dayton, Ohio, where he began his acting career in local
television and theater at the age of eight. After his family relocated to Los
Angeles, Lowe began his national acting career starring in the ABC television
series "A New Kind of Family." Today, Lowe's charismatic talent and palpable
success have radiated far beyond the realm of television.
In 2013, the telepic "Killing Kennedy" gave audiences the chance to see Lowe
star as the iconic President John F. Kennedy, alongside Ginnifer Goodwin (as
first lady Jackie) in National Geographic's adaptation of the best-selling novel
"Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly.
Lowe recently appeared in the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra" as Dr. Jack
Startz, which aired in May 2013. The film, a winner of eleven Emmy Awards
including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, was directed by Steven Soderbergh and
produced by Jerry Weintraub.
In addition, Lowe also starred in the Lifetime movie "Imperfect Justice:
Prosecuting Casey Anthony," as Casey Anthony's prosecutor, Jeff Ashton.
Additionally, Lowe starred as the lead in the political thriller Knife Fight,
which was released this past January.
In January 2012, Lowe was seen in "The Drew Peterson Story" portraying the title
character, accused of killing his wife. The Lifetime movie shattered records
with its ratings.
In spring of 2011, Lowe added author to his credits with the release of his
memoir, Stories I Only Tell my Friends. Complete with adolescent anecdotes, Lowe
shares astoundingly personal excerpts as he recalls his encounters, experiences,
and the audition that changed his life forever. The book was an instant hit,
spending consecutive weeks in the top four of The New York Times best sellers,
and made it onto GQ's Best of 2011 book list. Lowe's follow up, Love Life, was
released earlier this year by Simon and Schuster.
In May 2010, Lowe joined the cast of NBC's "Parks and Recreation," where he
plays the role of Chris Traeger, an auditor who seeks to dig Pawnee, Indiana's
department of Parks and Recreation, out of its financial abyss. His recent
television work also includes a three-episode appearance on Showtime's "Californication,"
in which Lowe plays unpredictable, megawatt movie star Eddie Nero.
Preceding his move to "Parks and Recreation," Lowe starred in the ABC-TV hit
series "Brothers & Sisters" from 2007 - 2010. In 2009, Lowe also starred
opposite Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, and Tina Fey in Warner Bros.' The
Invention of Lying.
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, Lowe starred in
the TNT movie "A Perfect Day."
Additionally, for four seasons (from 1999 - 2003), Lowe starred as Sam Seaborn
on hit NBC drama "The West Wing." During that course of time, the show won a
record four consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Drama. His performance in the show
garnered Lowe an Emmy nomination, as well as two Golden Globe nominations for
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He was nominated three times for the
Screen Actors Guild award, winning twice.
In addition to his outstanding work in television and film, Lowe has also
achieved distinguished success in theatre. In September of 2005, Lowe made his
West End debut starring in Aaron Sorkin's "A Few Good Men," receiving fervent
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's feature film debut came in 1983 when Francis Ford Coppola cast him in The
Outsiders, a remarkable adaptation to the 1967 novel of the same name by S.E.
Hinton. 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. Additional film credits include A View from the
Top, Class, The Hotel New Hampshire, Oxford Blues, Youngblood, Square Dance,
Masquerade and Mulholland Falls. He has also been successful with highly-rated
television miniseries such as "Beach Girls" for Lifetime, "Salem's Lot" for TNT,
"The Christmas Shoes" for CBS and "The Stand" for ABC.
Lowe's pervasive passion and talent in front of the camera transcends even
further with his accredited role as producer, writer and director. 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.
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