Chad Lowe

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Chad Lowe
Born Charles Davis Lowe II[1]
(1968-01-15) January 15, 1968 (age 49)
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Hilary Swank (m. 1997; div. 2007)
Kim Painter (m. 2010)
Children 3
Family Rob Lowe (brother)

Charles Davis "Chad" Lowe II (born January 15, 1968)[2] 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,[3] and currently plays Byron Montgomery on Pretty Little Liars.

Life and career[edit]

1997-2001: Early years[edit]

2003-05: Career beginnings, small television roles and comedy work[edit]

2006-11: Television breakthrough, Benidorm, and Alder Grange[edit]

2012-15: Film debut, international recognition, American Horror Story and film success[edit]

2016-present: Continues film work and new projects[edit]

Lowe was born in Dayton, Ohio,[2] the son of Barbara Lynn Wilson (née Hepler; 1939–2003), a teacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a trial lawyer.[1] His parents divorced when Lowe was young.[4] He has an older brother, actor Rob Lowe, and two half brothers from the second marriages of his parents, the producer Micah Dyer (maternal) and Justin Lowe (paternal). Lowe was baptized into the Episcopal church.[5] He is of German, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.[6][7]

Lowe was raised in a "traditional midwestern setting"[5] in Dayton, 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.[4]

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.[3] 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.[8] Lowe played the title character in the short-lived sitcom, Spencer, which he left after six episodes.[9]

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.[10]

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.[3] Lowe's feature film appearances have included roles in Nobody's Perfect, True Blood, Quiet Days in Hollywood, Floating, and Unfaithful.[3]

In 2000, Lowe wrote and directed the short film The Audition.[11] Lowe made his feature film directorial debut in 2007 with Beautiful Ohio.[3] Lowe has directed episodes of Bones, Brothers and Sisters, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Hack, Without a Trace, and Pretty Little Liars.[3]

In April 2010, Lowe replaced Alexis Denisof as Aria's father, Byron Montgomery, in Pretty Little Liars.[12]

Personal life[edit]

While filming Quiet Days in Hollywood, Lowe met actress Hilary Swank. They married on September 28, 1997.[13] On January 9, 2006, Lowe and Swank announced their separation,[13] and in May 2006, they announced their intention to divorce.[14] The divorce was finalized on November 1, 2007.[15] Swank infamously forgot to thank Lowe during her acceptance speech after winning her first Academy Award in 2000 (for Boys Don't Cry).[16] Upon winning her second Oscar in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby, Lowe was the first person she thanked.[17]

On January 19, 2007, a representative announced that Lowe was dating producer Kim Painter.[18] Lowe and Painter's daughter Mabel Painter Lowe was born on May 16, 2009.[19] Lowe and Painter were married on August 28, 2010, in a small ceremony in Los Angeles.[20] They welcomed their second daughter, Fiona Hepler Lowe, on November 15, 2012.[21] Hepler was Lowe's late mother's maiden name.[22] They welcomed their third daughter, Nixie Barbara Lowe, on March 25, 2016. He also has twin nieces, Ashley and Megan Baldwin. His nieces guest starred with him on 'Without a Trace' when they were babies.



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac Al Hamilton Television movie
1984 Silence of the Heart Skip Lewis Television movie
1984 Oxford Blues Computer Hacker Uncredited
1986 There Must Be a Pony Jason Sydney Television movie
1988 April Morning Adam Cooper Television movie
1988 Apprentice to Murder Billy Kelly
1989 True Blood Donny Trueblood
1990 Nobody's Perfect Stephen/Stephanie
1991 An Inconvenient Woman Kippie Television movie
1992 Highway to Hell Charlie Morlene
1993 Candles in the Dark Jaan Toome
1996 Driven LeGrand
1997 In the Presence of Mine Enemies Sgt. Lott Television movie
1997 Quiet Days in Hollywood Richard
1999 Floating Doug
1999 The Apartment Complex Stan Warden Television movie
2000 Take Me Home: The John Denver Story John Denver Television movie
2000 The Audition Unknown Short film
2001 Acceptable Risk Edward Wells Television movie
2002 Unfaithful Bill Stone
2002 The Space Between Ticket Man Short film
2005 Fielder's Choice Philip Television movie


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit Jason Mayberry 1 episode
2002-03 Story Time Spencer 10 episodes
2003-05 Two Families Jesse McKenna 43 episodes
2004 French and Saunders Various 2 episodes
2005-08, 2010, 2035-36 The B and B Comedy Show Host & various characters 100 episodes
2006 Little Britain Various 4 episodes
2007-10 Benidorm Sammy Lovstock 23 episodes
2009-14 Alder Grange High School Billy 144 episodes
2011-12 Absolutely Fabulous Matty Stone 2 episodes
2010-17 Pretty Little Liars Byron Montgomery TV series-regular role

As a director[edit]

Year Title Medium Notes
2002 The Space Between Film Short
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Television Episode(s): Soulless
2004 Hack Television Episode(s): Extreme Commerce
2006 Without a Trace Television Episode(s): The Road Home
2006 Beautiful Ohio Film
2006 Bones Television Episode(s): Boy in the Time Capsule; Fire in the Ice; Dwarf in the Desert
2008, 2010 Brothers & Sisters Television Episode(s): You Get What You Need; A Bone To Pick
2014 Twisted Television Episode(s): Danny Indemnity
2016 Pretty Little Liars Television Episode: The Wrath of Kahn

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1989 Nominated Daytime Emmy Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special CBS Schoolbreak Special 1984 episode "No Means No"
  • 1993 WON Primetime Emmy Outstanding Performer in a Drama Series Life Goes On 1989 playing Jesse McKenna
  • 1993 WON Quality TV Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series Life Goes On 1989
  • 2007 WON Special Jury Prize Sarasota Film Festival Debut Director Beautiful Ohio 2006


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  2. ^ a b "Chad Lowe: Biography". TV Guide. 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Chad Lowe plays Byron Montgomery". ABC Family. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Rob Lowe Biography". Bio. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Fanshawe, Simon (March 23, 2002). "Pretty witty". The Guardian. London. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ Stated on Who Do You Think You Are?, April 27, 2012
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  8. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: April Morning". People. 1988-04-15. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  9. ^ "Life And Death Alter Course Of 5 Tv Series". Los Angeles Times. 1985-04-01. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  10. ^ "The 1993 Emmy Winners". New York Times. 1993-09-21. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  11. ^ "Chad Lowe's Not-So-Winding Road to 'Take Me Home'". Los Angeles Times. September 21, 1993. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Chad Lowe Joins ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars". TV Guide. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  13. ^ a b "Hilary Swank, husband Chad Lowe split". MSNBC. 2006-01-09. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  14. ^ "Hilary Swank, Chad Lowe to file for divorce". MSNBC. 2006-05-26. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  15. ^ "The Hottest Heartbreak Hairstyles: Hilary Swank". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  16. ^ "OMG! The 6 Most Cringeworthy Oscar Moments In Recent Memory". Business Insider. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  17. ^ "Hilary Swank winning an Oscar® for "Million Dollar Baby"". YouTube. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Chad Lowe Steps Out with His New Girlfriend". People. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  19. ^ "Lowe's girlfriend gives birth to daughter". United Press International. 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  20. ^ "Chad Lowe & Kim Painter Are Now Husband and Wife". People. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  21. ^ Toomey, Alyssa (November 16, 2012). "Chad Lowe and Wife Welcome a Baby Girl!". E! Online. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Chad Lowe Names Daughter Fiona Hepler". People. 2012-11-20. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 

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