Rob Lowe

Biography

Rob Lowe stars as state auditor Chris Traeger on NBC's Emmy-nominated and critically- acclaimed comedy "Parks and Recreation."

Rob Lowe was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and raised in Dayton, Ohio and began his acting career at the age of eight in local television and theater. After his family relocated to Los Angeles, Lowe began his national acting career starring in the television series "A New Kind of Family."

For four seasons, Lowe starred as Sam Seaborn on the hit NBC drama "The West Wing." During that time, the show won a record four consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Drama. Lowe received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama, as well as his third and fourth Golden Globe Awards. He was nominated three times for a Screen Actors Guild Award, winning twice.

In the spring of 2011, Rob Lowe added author to his credits with the release of his memoir, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends." Recounting anecdotes from his adolescent years, Lowe shares astoundingly personal excerpts as he recalls his encounters, experiences and the audition that changed his life forever. The book was an instant New York Times best seller and enjoyed consecutive weeks in the top four on The New York Times' Best Seller list.

Rob Lowe's momentum has continued to propel him forward, most recently on the big screen. In January 2011, Lowe starred in "I Melt with You." The film, directed by Mark Pellington, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

In 2009, Lowe appeared opposite Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner and Tina Fey in "The Invention of Lying," a comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer (Gervais) seizes the opportunity for personal gain.

In 2006, Lowe starred in the hit satire "Thank You for Smoking." His hilarious portrayal of a kimono-wearing, zen-like Hollywood agent garnered rave reviews. That same year, Lowe completed shooting the psychological drama "Stir of Echoes: The Dead Speak." At the end of 2006, Rob starred in the television movie "A Perfect Day." The movie tells the story of Robert Harlin (Lowe), a man who, after being fired from his job, pursues his lifetime dream of writing a novel. But after he achieves enormous success with his book, he loses track of the things he loves the most, only finding his way after a stranger enters his life.

Rob Lowe most recently starred in the hit series "Brothers & Sisters" as Senator Robert McCallister. In September 2005, Lowe made his West End debut to rave reviews, starring in Aaron Sorkin's "A Few Good Men" at the Royal Haymarket Theatre in London. Additional theater credits include the Broadway production of "Little Hotel on the Side" and "Three Sisters," with Lowe playing Tuzenbach.

Rob Lowe made his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders." 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 reteamed with Myers in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." His other feature film credits include "A View from the Top," "Class," "The Hotel New Hampshire," "Oxford Blues," "Youngblood," "Square Dance," "Masquerade" and "Mulholland Falls." Lowe has also been successful with highly-rated television miniseries such as "Beach Girls," "Salem's Lot," "The Christmas Shoes" and "The Stand."

In addition, Lowe has added producer, writer and director to his credits. 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 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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