Today’s Morning Man: Rob Lowe!
Brat Packer-turned enduring TV star Rob Lowe turns 59 today and his career is as gangbusters as it’s ever been.
Rob’s television career has had more ups (The West Wing, Brothers & Sisters, Parks and Recreation, Code Black) than downs (The Lyon’s Den, Dr. Vegas, The Grinder) but it’s never long before he lands another juicy role.
He’s currently on an up again with the terrific series 9-1-1: Lone Star in which he portrays Fire Department Captain Owen Strand. It’s a complex character who was diagnosed with lung cancer as a result of being a first responder on 9/11 Twin Tower attacks where he had also lost his entire firehouse. He is also father to openly gay firefighter son Tyler Kennedy “TK” Strand (Ronen Rubinstein) who is part of the TV super couple Tarlos.
Prior to his current series, the always employed Lowe spent two seasons as Dr. Ethan Willis on the CBS medical drama Code Black and starred in the limited series Wild Bill.
For all his success in TV, Lowe could have had yet another hit had he said yes to the Patrick Dempsey role in Grey’s Anatomy but he turned it down to do the short-lived Dr. Vegas.
Oh well, we’ve all zigged when we should have zagged at one time or another!
Rob has proven himself to be so much more than a pretty face in his remarkable career as he went from Brat Packer (St. Elmo’s Fire, Class, About Last Night) to hit comedies (Austin Power and Wayne’s World flicks) to television star.
He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in Killing Kennedy, for a Golden Globe Award for his supporting role in Behind the Candelabra, and for an Emmy Award for The West Wing.
We could hate him for being so damned pretty but I guess we don’t because he’s also so damned talented, hard-working and resourceful. Lowe began hosting a podcast called Literally! With Rob Lowe on June 25, 2020, starred in a reality series with his two sons, Matthew and Jon Owen, on A&E titled The Lowe Files, and is author of the books Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life. He has been married to makeup artist Sheryl Berkoff since 1991.
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Pretty boy Rob—
I have enjoyed a few of his past roles. I really do love him in his current role-911-Lone Star. He has been hell on wheels providing his input on TK’s wedding. He had to rein it in and pull back. On the show, he is what one would call a “metrosexual.” He is comfortable chiming in on skin care routines, correct diet choices, to his pride and job the expresso machine at the firehouse. I have never seen a cleaner desk at work. Let it be known that he designed the firehouse from the ground up TWICE. In one of the most recent episodes, there was a conversation with Owen-Rob-and one of his firefighters who have transitioned-not recently. The conversation was just like talking about making a cake. It should be that simple. The conversation was about him meeting an old school chum when he was a girl/woman and remembering the good times. But his current status was not addressed. He was irritable and Owen called him for a chat. The show is great. Great relationships with all the members of his team AND they respect him. Great role for him to shine.