Chad Lowe

Chad Lowe Biography

Charles Conrad "Chad" Lowe (born January 15, 1968) is an American actor and director. He is the younger brother of actor Rob Lowe. He won an Emmy Award for his supporting role in Life Goes On as a young man living with HIV. He has also had recurring roles on ER, Melrose Place, and Now and Again. Lowe played Deputy White House Chief of Staff Reed Pollock on the sixth season of 24, and currently plays Byron Montgomery on Pretty Little Liars.

Early life

Lowe was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Barbara Wilson (née Hepler, 1939-2003), a teacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a trial lawyer. His parents divorced when Lowe was young. He has an older brother, actor Rob Lowe, and two half brothers from the second marriage of his parents, the producer Micah Dyer (maternal) and Justin Lowe (paternal). Lowe was baptized into the Episcopal church. He was raised in a "traditional midwestern setting" in Dayton, Ohio, attending Oakwood Junior High School, before moving to the Point Dume area of Malibu, California with his mother and brother. He attended Santa Monica High School, the same high school as fellow actors Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, Chris Penn, and Robert Downey, Jr.


Lowe began his acting career in the 1980s when he appeared in a number of television films. Lowe co-starred with Charlie Sheen in the 1984 CBS Television drama Silence of the Heart. In 1988, Lowe co-starred with Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Urich in the made-for-TV film April Morning, which depicted the battle of Lexington in the American Revolutionary War. Lowe played the title character in the short-lived sitcom, Spencer, which he left after six episodes.

From 1991 to 1993, he starred in Life Goes On, for which he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 1993.

Lowe had recurring roles on Melrose Place, Popular, Now and Again, and ER, and guest-starring roles on Touched by an Angel, Superman, CSI: Miami and Medium. Lowe's feature film appearances have included roles in Nobody's Perfect, True Blood, Quiet Days in Hollywood, Floating, and Unfaithful.

In 2000, Lowe wrote and directed the short film The Audition. Lowe made his feature film directorial debut in 2007 with Beautiful Ohio. Lowe has directed episodes of Bones, Brothers and Sisters, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Hack, Without a Trace, and Pretty Little Liars.

In April 2010, Lowe replaced Alexis Denisof as Aria's father, Byron Montgomery, in Pretty Little Liars.

Personal life

Chad married actress Hilary Swank on September 28, 1997. On January 9, 2006, Lowe and Swank announced their separation, and in May 2006, they announced their intention to divorce. The divorce was finalized on November 1, 2007. Swank infamously forgot to thank Lowe during her acceptance speech after winning her first Academy Award in 2000 (for Boys Don't Cry). Upon winning her second Oscar in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby, Lowe was the first person she thanked.

On January 19, 2007, a representative announced that Lowe was dating producer Kim Painter. On January 29, 2009, it was announced that they were expecting their first child in early summer 2009. Lowe and Painter's daughter Mabel Painter Lowe was born on May 16, 2009. Lowe and Painter were married on August 28, 2010, in a small ceremony in Los Angeles. They welcomed their second daughter on November 15, 2012. They named her Fiona Hepler Lowe. Hepler was Lowe's late mother's maiden name and is his brother Rob?s middle name.


Year Title Role Notes
1984Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac
Silence of the Heart Skip Lewis
Oxford Blues uncredited
1987April MorningAdam Cooper
1988Apprentice to Murder
1989Nobody's Perfect
True Blood Donny Trueblood
1991An Inconvenient Woman Kippie
1992Highway to Hell Charlie Sykes
1995Snowy River: The McGregor Saga 2 episodes
1997In the Presence of Mine Enemies Sgt. Lott
The Apartment Complex
2000Take Me Home: The John Denver Story John Denver
The Audition also dir.
2001Acceptable Risk
2002Unfaithful Bill Stone
The Space Between
Fielder's Choice
2007Beautiful Ohio
Year Show Role Notes
1984"1985Spencer6 episodes
1991"1993Life Goes On Jesse35 episodes
1996"1997Melrose Place Carter8 episodes
1997, 2005ER George Henry 3 episodes
1998Superman: The Animated Series Cosmic Boy1 episode
1999Popular Mr. Luke Grant4 episodes
Now and AgainCraig Spence 4 episodes
The Wild Thornberries 2 episodes
2001Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1 episode
Star Trek: Enterprise
2002Hack 1 episode
2003CSI: Miami 1 episode
2004Without a Trace 1 episode
2005Medium 1 episode
2007"presentBones Appeared in 1 episode; Directed 7 episodes
200724 Reed Pollock8 episodes
2009Ghost Whisperer 1 episode
2010"PresentPretty Little LiarsByron Montgomery series regular (seasons 1-3), special guest star (season 4-present),

also director (7 episodes)

2010Drop Dead Diva 1 episode
2012Young JusticeCaptain Marvel

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