Jan. 15th, 1968
Dayton, Ohio, USA
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Charles Conrad "Chad" Lowe (born January 15, 1968) is an American actor and director. 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.
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.
Chad married actress 'Hilary Swank' (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 (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 (born May 16, 2009). Lowe and Painter were married (August 28, 2010), in a small ceremony in Los Angeles. They welcomed their second daughter (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.
- Brother of actor 'Rob Lowe (I)' (qv)
- 2 half-brothers Justin Lowe and 'Micah Dyer' (qv).
- While on location with Hilary in Vancouver in early 2002 for her role in _The Core (2003)_ (qv), Chad wrote and shot his own 21-minute psycho-thriller short called _The Space Between (2002)_ (qv), in which Hilary contributed a small role.
- Won an Emmy for his portrayal of AIDS sufferer Jesse McKenna on the TV series _"Life Goes On" (1989)_ (qv).
- Ex-son-in-law of 'Judy Swank' (qv).
- His girlfriend, 'Kim Painter' (qv), is 'Carrie Fisher' (qv)'s personal assistant.
- He and girlfriend, 'Kim Painter' (qv), became the parents of a girl, Mabel Painter-Lowe, on Saturday May 16th, 2009 in Los Angeles.
- (9th January 2006) Announced separation from his wife 'Hilary Swank' (qv).