Famous teen roles, drug addiction, alcoholism, conviction, re-emerging, and success- The story of Rob Lowe, an actor, director, husband, and father.
The original member of Brat Pack (group of teen actors that included Emilio Estevez and Judd Nelson, among others active in the 80s’), Lowe started his career at the age of 15, and the rest is history. He is known for his roles in TV shows and movies like The Outsiders, Square Dance, New Hampshire, The West Wing, Brothers & Sisters, Parks and Recreation, etc. As of 2021, he is active as a cast member of an American drama series “9-1-1 Lone Star,” where he plays the role of firefighter captain Owen Strand. The series is preparing to premiere its 3rd season very soon.
How his addiction almost broke him? How did he rise from that fall? What about his career, net worth, and family (wife and children)? Here are the details of Lowe’s life.
Short Introduction: Origin, Family, Childhood
Rob Lowe was born Robert Hepler Lowe on 17th March 1964. He celebrated his 57th birthday this year. His family comes originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, the USA having German, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh descent. His family moved to Dayton, Ohio, when he was a child.
His mother, Barbara Lynn, was a school teacher, and his father, Charles Davis Lowe, was a lawyer. It shows that he probably comes from a middle-class family. Lowe is the brother of Chad Lowe, who is now an actor.
Lowe has had a problem with his right ear since he was an infant. However, it never stopped him from dreaming big and achieving it.
He always had a hunger for being a part of the entertainment field. That’s why he started struggling at a very young age of 15. Undoubtedly, the determined man has been through many ups and downs to establish himself as a reputed name in Hollywood.
Career Highlights: Popular TV And Movie Roles
The 57-year-old star’s journey started when he was a naive teen. He began his career during his early teens and in 1980, he became one of the members of Brat Pack (a group of young, talented, and promising teen actors and actresses). For sure, he didn’t leave any stone unturned to build up his career.
Lowe made his debut in the movie, The Outsiders in 1983. Since then, he never looked back. The actor has been featured in many other movies like St. Elmo’s Fire (1986), Youngblood (1986), Square Dance (1987), Wayne’s World (1992) and the list goes on.
The energetic hunk has worked on small screens and TV Shows as well. Some of his highly admired TV Shows are The West Wing (1999-2006), Brothers and Sisters (2006-2011), Parks and Recreation (2009-2015), Code Black (2015-2018), and so on. He is now in the series 9-1-1:Lone Star which is running since 2020.
Like everyone else, he’s also seen hard times and been through failures. One of the most unwanted losses for him was losing the character of Caledon Hockley in Titanic (1997), which was later played by Billy Zane. Yet, Lowe has set himself as one of the best actors.
As of now, the evergreen handsome man is actively and popularly working in a popular drama series “9-1-1: Lone Star”. He is getting huge support and love for his character Owen Strand on the screen.
Lowe’s Journey From Addiction To Sobriety.
The teen idol is now idolized for being successfully sober for the past 30 years. During his early days, Lowe was very much involved in alcohol and substance abuse. His drug addiction almost cost him his entire career and popularity.
Moreover, a tape that revealed his sexual relationship with a minor also caused immense hopelessness to him. All these mishaps slowed down the pace of Lowe’s career. He even had to take a break from acting.
One fine morning, the star woke up and asked himself what he was doing. He didn’t want to lose his career and current wife (then girlfriend), Sheryl. Hence, he determined to get out of these bad habits and started going to rehab.
Gradually, he began to love the science of healing and successfully got rid of the addiction.
Now, the Brat Pack star has been a family man. Starting his sobriety in 1990, he successfully marked 30 years of being sober. Talking about the secret of being sober, Lowe opines,
“Nothing can make you get sober except you wanting to do it. The threat of losing a marriage, losing a job, incarceration — you name the threat, it will not be enough to do it. It’s got to be in you. The reason that people don’t get sober 100% of the time when they go into programs is that people aren’t ready when they go to use the tools.”
Relationship: Affair, Married Life, Wife, Kids
The Park and Rec star is committed to his wife, Sheryl Berkoff, for the last 30 years. Berkoff is a jewelry designer by profession.
Their love story is fascinating. They first in 1983 on a blind date. However, things didn’t work out for them, and hence they didn’t continue. They again met in 1989 when they were on the set of Bad Influence (1990). This time around, they became close, eventually falling in love and getting married after two years on 22nd July 1991.
Although there was a rumor about the affair of Lowe and fellow actor Melissa Gilbert and possibly the end of their marriage, the couple worked things out and is still together stronger than ever.
They have two sons Edward Matthew Lowe (born in 1993) and John Owen Lowe (born in 1995). The elder son is a lawyer, and the younger one is an actor and writer now.
The Lowe couple recently celebrated their 3rd decade of togetherness.
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Net Worth: Lawsuit, Earnings, House, Charity, And Salary
The net worth of Rob Lowe is more than $60 million as of August 2021. He has made enough money from his films and TV Shows. Moreover, his books “Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography”(2011) and “Love Life”(2014) also made remarkable sales.
9-1-1 Lone star used to get a salary of $100000 per episode from the show The West Wings (1999). As a popular actor, his average estimated salary happens to be $58176. However, looking at his salary in “The West Wings”, we can surely assume that he must earn a lot more than the mentioned amount.
The multi-millionaire actor also sold his six-bedroom house in Montecito, California for $7.6 million. Also, he is about to sell another house which is worth 42.5 million dollars.
He owns a men’s facial product brand, PROFILE which is highly responsible for his increasing net worth. Furthermore, Rob makes handsome money through podcasts and TV shows.
Lowe couple filed a case against two of their nannies and an ex-chef in 2008 for violating their confidentiality and reputation. On the same day, Rob revealed that one of the nannies was demanding $1.5 million, or she would accuse them of a vicious laundry list of false terrible.
In the meantime, the nannies also accused Lowe of sexual harassment. The case went on for a very long time and ended up with dismissal.
The Brothers and Sisters actor also has a very big and kind heart. He is active in charities and social services through various charity organizations. He advocates for the environment, animal rights, HIV-AIDS and cancer patients, education, poverty, homelessness, children, and many more.
For the good works, Lowe has supported and is associated with charity foundations like Believe in Dreams, Live Earth, Dream Foundation, Last Chance for Animals. Similarly, Stand Up To Cancer, ONE Campaign, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Habitat For Humanity, Melanoma Research Foundation, Parkinson Society Maritime Region.
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