Rob Lowe is an American actor.
Let’s find out some intriguing facts about him!
1. Robert Hepler Lowe was born March 17, 1964 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
2. He is the son of Barbara Lynn, a schoolteacher and native of Ohio, and Charles Davis Lowe, a trial lawyer.
3. His parents divorced when Lowe and his younger brother, actor Chad, were very young. Lowe also has two half-brothers.
4. As a result of a virus during infancy, he is deaf in his right ear (he later played a deaf character in Stephen King’s The Stand).
5. Lowe was baptized into the Episcopal church.
6. He is of German, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. On the show Who Do You Think You Are?, Lowe found out that one of his ancestors, Christopher East, was a Hessian soldier.
7. His ancestor was fighting under the command of Colonel Johann Gottlieb Rall and was captured at the American Victory at Trenton, New Jersey on the morning of December 26, 1776.
8. As an American POW, his ancestor was given a choice, and took the option to stay in the US.
9. Lowe was raised in a “traditional midwestern setting” in Dayton, Ohio, attending Oakwood Junior High School, before moving to the Point Dume area of Malibu, California, with his mother and brother.
10. Lowe attended Santa Monica High School, as did fellow actors Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey, Jr., Sean Penn, and Chris Penn.
11. He came to prominence in the 1980s, playing teen and young adult roles in films such as The Outsiders (1983), Oxford Blues (1984), St. Elmo’s Fire (1985), and About Last Night… (1986).
12. He continued acting in less prominent film roles, and went on to high-profile roles in television series such as The West Wing (1999–2003), Brothers & Sisters (2006–2010), and Parks and Recreation (2010–2014).
13. In addition to receiving an Emmy Award nomination in 2001 for his work on The West Wing, Lowe has been nominated for six Golden Globe Awards; his nominations span four of the seven categories for male actors.
14. Lowe married Sheryl Berkoff (born 1961) in July 1991. They met in 1983 on a blind date, and again in 1989 when Lowe was filming Bad Influence.
15. The couple have two sons: Matthew Edward Lowe (b. 1993), and John Owen Lowe (b. 1995).
16. In 1988, Lowe was involved in a sex scandal over a videotape of him having sex with a 16-year-old girl he met in a nightclub.
17. They were videotaped the night before the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
18. As the age of consent in Georgia was 14 at the time until 1995 when it was raised to 16, both were of legal age to engage in sexual activity, although 18 was the legal age to be involved in such a recording.
19. At the time, Lowe was campaigning for Michael Dukakis.
20. Another part of the same tape was leaked at the time, showing Lowe and his friend Justin Moritt both having vaginal and oral sex with a young American model named Jennifer, who was never identified, in a hotel room in Paris.
21. This part of the original tape was sold as one of the first commercially available celebrity sex tapes, damaging Lowe’s public image.
22. Eventually, his career rebounded, and Lowe mocked his own behavior during two post-scandal appearances as host of Saturday Night Live.
23. In April 2008, Lowe filed separate lawsuits against three former employees accusing them of breach of contract, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
24. Lowe accused an ex‑nanny of engaging in a scheme to hurt the couple by spreading “malicious lies”.
25. Another former nanny was accused of falsely claiming to have had a personal and intimate relationship with Lowe, and also repeatedly expressing romantic interest in Lowe, claiming Lowe sexually harassed her and that Sheryl Lowe was an abusive employer.
26. Rob Lowe claimed a former chef engaged in sex on their bed when the family was out of town, stole prescription drugs from the Lowes, broke several security cameras, overcharged them for food, and allegedly made statements to various people that Sheryl was heartless, cold and unclean.
27. Jessica Gibson, Lowe’s 24-year-old former nanny, made 12 allegations against Lowe involving sexual harassment claims and labor-code violations.
28. On June 19, 2008, Santa Barbara, California, Superior Court Judge Denise de Bellefeuille dismissed two allegations regarding labor-code violations due to lack of legal basis.
29. The legal battle ended in May 2009, the press reported that court records showed that lawsuits filed by both nannies and Lowe were dismissed in Santa Barbara. Attorneys for both women and Lowe sought the dismissals.
30. Lowe was the first male spokesperson for the 2000 Lee National Denim Day fundraiser, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer research and education.
31. His grandmother and great-grandmother both suffered from breast cancer, and his mother died of the disease in late 2003.