Robert Hepler Lowe or simply Rob Lowe was born on March 17, 1964. He was born in Charlottesville, Virginia but left for California when his parents divorced. His mother Barbara took him and his younger brother Chad Lowe when she and husband Charles Lowe separated. His brother Chad is also an actor. It is interesting to note that Rob Lowe is deaf in his right ear due to a virus during his infancy. The impairment doesn’t seem to affect his success in his career though, as he is considered as one bankable actor.
The 1980s movies The Outsiders and St. Elmo’s Fire drew people’s attention to Rob Lowe. He and Emilio Estevez starred in these films along with the other members of the Brat Pack.
His first Golden Globe nomination was for the 1983 TV movie Thursday's Child. Four years later, he portrayed the role of a mentally disabled in the film Square Dance. Golden Globe recognized his acting skills once more and he got his second nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Aside from films, Rob Lowe is very visible in television shows. He became well known for playing the role of Sam Seaborn in the series The West Wing. He got two Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy for this role. Other TV shows where he appeared include Beach Girls, The Stand, and Salem’s Lot.
In July 1991, Rob Lowe got married to makeup artist Sheryl Berkoff. They live in Montecito, California together with their two sons. The American actor also had a taste of some controversy in his personal life. He got involved in a sex videotape scandal, which damaged his public image. After going to rehab for his alcohol and sex addiction, his career went right back on track.
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