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Former Brat Packer Rob Lowe was born in Charlottesville, Va., on March 17, 1964, the son of a trial attorney father and an educator mother. After the family pulled up stakes and headed to Los Angeles, Lowe began working in local television and summer stock as early as age 8.

Lowe's rise to stardom on the silver screen began in the 1980s with appearances in such films as Class (1983), St. Elmo's Fire (1985) and About Last Night ... (1986). Lowe earned a Golden Globe nomination in '87 for his portrayal of a mentally impaired youth in Square Dance; the actor's later films include the box-office smash Wayne's World (1992) and Contact (1997).

Lowe moved to the small screen in 1999, cast as the White House deputy communications director in the Emmy-winning series "The West Wing." Leaving the show in 2003, Lowe helped Arnold Schwarzenegger win his bid to become California's governor.

Rob Lowe in The Outsiders

The Outsiders

1983 PG-13

Adapted from a novel by S.E. Hinton, director Francis Ford Coppola's coming-of-age drama chronicles the escalating violence between two teenage gangs in rural Oklahoma: the hardscrabble Greasers and the affluent Socs. The rivalry intensifies when the Socs attack young Greasers Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell) and Johnny (Ralph Macchio). The film helped launched the careers of stars Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise.

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  • Rob Lowe in Contact Contact
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  • Rob Lowe in Tommy Boy Tommy Boy
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  • Rob Lowe in Thank You for Smoking Thank You for Smoking
  • Rob Lowe in About Last Night... About Last Night...
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  • Rob Lowe in Youngblood Youngblood
  • Rob Lowe in A Perfect Day A Perfect Day
  • Rob Lowe in The Stand The Stand
  • Rob Lowe in Mulholland Falls Mulholland Falls
  • Rob Lowe in View from the Top View from the Top
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  • Rob Lowe in Outrage Outrage
  • Rob Lowe in The Specials The Specials
  • Rob Lowe in Knife Fight Knife Fight
  • Rob Lowe in Brothers & Sisters Brothers & Sisters
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  • Rob Lowe in The Dark Backward The Dark Backward
  • Rob Lowe in Suddenly, Last Summer Suddenly, Last Summer
  • Rob Lowe in Living in Peril Living in Peril
  • Rob Lowe in Stories from My Childhood Stories from My Childhood
  • Rob Lowe in Crazy Six Crazy Six
  • Rob Lowe in Jane Doe Jane Doe
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