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Overview (3)

Born in Dayton, Ohio, USA
Birth NameCharles Davis Lowe
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Chad Lowe is an American actor, director, and producer.

He was born Charles Davis Lowe II in Dayton, Ohio, to Barbara Lynn (Hepler), a school teacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a trial lawyer. He is the younger brother of actor Rob Lowe. Chad first appeared opposite Rob in the movie Oxford Blues (1984), in which he played a computer hacker. He quickly followed this up with a starring role in Silence of the Heart (1984) opposite childhood friend and fellow actor Charlie Sheen. Silence of the Heart (1984) is a dark drama about the problems teenagers often face and the subsequent danger of suicide relating to these problems. It was the first film to properly address the subject. The film also features then up-and-coming actors Sherilyn Fenn and Casey Siemaszko.

There Must Be a Pony (1986), a drama shot for TV, saw Chad starring alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Wagner. He then co-starred with Donald Sutherland and Mia Sara in the occult horror film Apprentice to Murder (1988). Chad saw the eighties out with the thriller True Blood (1989) with Jeff Fahey, James Tolkan, and Sherilyn Fenn.

Next, he and Tommy Lee Jones headlined the long-running Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) anthology, in the TV Movie segment 'April Morning' (1987). The movie is based upon the novel by the late Howard Fast and is set during the American Revolution or American War of Independence (1775-1783).

He worked steadily throughout the nineties, acting in both TV and film. In 1990 he starred with David Soul and Edward Herrmann in the TV drama So Proudly We Hail (1990). The witty drama An Inconvenient Woman (1991) followed the next year. Chad then played Charlie Sykes in the oddball fantasy-comedy-horror road movie Highway to Hell (1991).

But his role as AIDS victim Jesse McKenna in Life Goes On (1989) (1991-1993) is perhaps his most well-known. He starred with Bill Smitrovich and Patti LuPone. His performance won him an Emmy Award.

In 2000 Chad played country and western legend John Denver in Take Me Home: The John Denver Story (2000), a movie based on the musician's life and book.

Chad then starred with Richard Gere and Diane Lane in the ambitious thriller, Unfaithful (2002). He has since clocked up over sixty film and TV roles including recurring roles in ER (1994) and 24 (2001) with Kiefer Sutherland.

Chad is married to Kim Painter and they have a daughter, Mabel.

He is (2010) starring in the hit TV series Pretty Little Liars (2010).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Lee-Williams

Spouse (2)

Kim Painter (28 August 2010 - present) ( 3 children)
Hilary Swank (28 September 1997 - 1 November 2007) ( divorced)

Trivia (14)

Younger brother of actor Rob Lowe.
Won an Emmy for his portrayal of AIDS sufferer Jesse McKenna on the TV series Life Goes On (1989).
2 younger half-brothers: Justin W. Lowe and Micah Dyer.
While on location with Hilary in Vancouver in early 2002 for her role in The Core (2003), Chad wrote and shot his own 21-minute psycho-thriller short called The Space Between (2002), in which Hilary contributed a small role.
Brother-in-law of makeup artist Sheryl Berkoff.
Ex-son-in-law of Judy Swank.
(9th January 2006) Announced separation from his wife Hilary Swank.
His girlfriend, Kim Painter, was Carrie Fisher's personal assistant.
He and girlfriend, Kim Painter, became the parents of a girl, Mabel Painter-Lowe, on Saturday May 16th, 2009 in Los Angeles.
Married film producer Kim Painter in an intimate oceanside ceremony at Terranea Resort in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 28, 2010. Chad's brother, Rob Lowe, was best man, while the pair's 15-month-old daughter, Mabel, served as ring bearer.
Announced that he and his wife, Kim Painter, are expecting their 2nd child this fall [2012].
Second daughter, Fiona, was born on November 15, 2012.
He has German, along with smaller amounts of English, Irish, Welsh, and Scottish, ancestry.
Auditioned to be one of the basketball players in Hoosiers (1986).

Personal Quotes (10)

Actually, every time I am back in New York, I read for as many plays as I can.
Oh absolutely. I had the pleasure to get to know a lot of really talented young actors before they even really hit it big. And yet what we all had and shared in common was a love for movies.
I did this role in Life Goes On as an HIV positive character and so emotionally that was the most challenging.
I think each role has had different challenges.
I think every actor should go back and do theater periodically.
On acting and directing: They're both a lot of fun, honestly. They're very different. They occupy different sides of your brain, somehow. I think directing is a little more demanding. Certainly, it's a little more demanding than the schedule we have.
I believe that the story is the most important element of any medium whether it's theater, film, TV.
On his brother Rob Lowe leaving Brothers & Sisters (2006): I think that they really told the story of that character. I'm not so sure there was much more for him to do. And, I know the split was amicable. I know he loves his new job, and I think Brothers & Sisters will be just fine without him. It's a great show.
On Pretty Little Liars (2010): I like that every character is dealing with conflict and there's a certain moral ambiguity.
So ultimately I am looking for a story that has some value and is important and is entertaining.

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