Brad Rowe (actor)

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Brad Rowe
Born(1970-05-15) May 15, 1970 (age 42)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
OccupationActor, Activist
Years active1996–present
 
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Brad Rowe
Born(1970-05-15) May 15, 1970 (age 42)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
OccupationActor, Activist
Years active1996–present

Brad Rowe (born May 15, 1970) is an American film and television actor who began his career in movies such as Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (which launched the career of Sean Hayes) and the acclaimed TNT Western "Purgatory' with Sam Shepard.

A University of Wisconsin–Madison Economics graduate, Rowe originally travelled cross-country in a Winnebago selling orthopedic back support chairs at trade shows and State Fairs and then worked as a finance manager for political campaigns in Washington, D.C. before moving to Los Angeles, California, to pursue writing and acting.

In addition to films, Rowe starred in an episode of the television series Outer Limits, titled "A New Life." In 1998 he was a portraying a recurring character named Walt in the critically acclaimed sitcom NewsRadio. The character was the nephew of the eccentric billionaire Jimmy James boss of the WNYX crew. He was originally intended to be a regular in the show's 5th season much like Lauren Graham who was brought in earlier that season to become a regular in the show's 5th season but, this did not play out.

He has acted in the TV movies Vanished, Lucky 7 and Though None Go with Me and the NBC mini-series "The 70s"

He took part in Tony Zierra's 2011 documentary My Big Break which follows the early careers of Rowe, Wes Bentley, Chad Lindberg and Greg Fawcett. Brad is also the host of the talk radio podcast series titled MIPtalk: Conversations with the World's Most Interesting People with his friend, Dolphin Tale writer, Noam Dromi.

He appeared on General Hospital as Murphy Sinclair.

In 2007, he played Shaun, the romantic interest of the central character (Trevor Wright) of Shelter. Shelter went on to win the Outstanding Film, Limited Release at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. This same sex marriage portrayal for Rowe coincided with the heated political debate of Proposition 8 in California, which 'Eliminates Rights of Same-Sex Couples to Marry'. Rowe advocated publicly for same sex marriage rights through NoH8 and other visible campaigns. Prop 8 was eventually passed but remains wrapped up in legal turmoil.

He spent much of the 2000 to 2010 decade working to help the homeless and economically disadvantaged find jobs through volunteer and professional development work at Chrysalis in Los Angeles. He was introduced to the organization by friend actress Rebecca Gayheart, who he starred with in the short-lived ABC drama 'Wasteland' in 1999. Work with Chrysalis included participating in the creation of the Hollywood centric fundraiser, the Butterfly Ball, which has featured and honored celebrities like Randy Jackson [Jackson], and Seth MacFarlane [MacFarland], Jennifer Hudson and Tom Cruise.

From the 2005 to 2011 Rowe launched a video production company, Bright Angel Productions, that created biographic short form documentaries on dozens of philanthropists and civic heroes such as Andre Agassi, [Gates Sr]., and Mexican activist Alejandro Marti. for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

In 2011 he began a Masters in Public Policy (MPP) program of study at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs. In spring of 2012, Rowe was awarded the Rosenfield Fellowship to work on Education Policy for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. He has been seen advocating for quality public education in California at the State and local level.

He is married to Lisa Fiori and they have one child, a son named Hopper.[citation needed]

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