Chad Lowe

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Chad Lowe
BornCharles Conrad Lowe
(1968-01-15) January 15, 1968 (age 46)
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Hilary Swank (m. 1997–2007)
Kim Painter (m. 2010)
FamilyRob Lowe (brother)
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Chad Lowe
BornCharles Conrad Lowe
(1968-01-15) January 15, 1968 (age 46)
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Hilary Swank (m. 1997–2007)
Kim Painter (m. 2010)
FamilyRob Lowe (brother)

Charles Conrad "Chad" Lowe (born January 15, 1968)[1] 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,[2] and currently plays Byron Montgomery on Pretty Little Liars.

Early life[edit]

Lowe was born in Dayton, Ohio,[1] 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.[3] 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.[4] He was raised in a "traditional midwestern setting"[4] 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.[3]


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.[2] 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.[5] Lowe played the title character in the short-lived sitcom, Spencer, which he left after six episodes.[6]

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.[7]

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.[2] Lowe's feature film appearances have included roles in Nobody’s Perfect, True Blood, Quiet Days in Hollywood, Floating, and Unfaithful.[2]

In 2000, Lowe wrote and directed the short film The Audition.[8] Lowe made his feature film directorial debut in 2007 with Beautiful Ohio.[2] Lowe has directed episodes of Bones, Brothers and Sisters, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Hack, Without a Trace, and Pretty Little Liars.[2]

In April 2010, Lowe replaced Alexis Denisof as Aria's father, Byron Montgomery, in Pretty Little Liars.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Chad married actress Hilary Swank on September 28, 1997.[10] On January 9, 2006, Lowe and Swank announced their separation,[10] and in May 2006, they announced their intention to divorce.[11] The divorce was finalized on November 1, 2007.[12] Swank infamously forgot to thank Lowe during her acceptance speech after winning her first Academy Award in 2000 (for Boys Don't Cry).[13] Upon winning her second Oscar in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby, Lowe was the first person she thanked.[14]

On January 19, 2007, a representative announced that Lowe was dating producer Kim Painter.[15] Lowe and Painter's daughter Mabel Painter Lowe was born on May 16, 2009.[16] Lowe and Painter were married on August 28, 2010, in a small ceremony in Los Angeles.[17] They welcomed their second daughter on November 15, 2012.[18] They named her Fiona Hepler Lowe. Hepler was Lowe’s late mother’s maiden name .[19]



1984Flight 90: Disaster on the PotomacAl HamiltonTelevision movie
1984Silence of the HeartSkip LewisTelevision movie
1984Oxford BluesComputer HackerUncredited
1988April MorningAdam CooperTelevision movie
1988Apprentice to MurderBilly Kelly
1989Nobody's PerfectStephen/Stephanie
1989True BloodDonny Trueblood
1991An Inconvenient WomanKippieTelevision movie
1992Highway to HellCharlie Sykes
1997In the Presence of Mine EnemiesSgt. LottTelevision movie
1999The Apartment ComplexStan WardenTelevision movie
2000Take Me Home: The John Denver StoryJohn DenverTelevision movie
2000The AuditionUnknownShort film
2001Acceptable RiskEdward WellsTelevision movie
2002UnfaithfulBill Stone
2002The Space BetweenTicket ManShort film
2005Fielder's ChoicePhilipTelevision movie
2007Beautiful OhioUnknown


1984–1985SpencerSpencer Winger7 episodes
1991–1993Life Goes OnJesse McKenna35 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series
1995Snowy River: The McGregor SagaSam Taylor2 episodes
1996–1997Melrose PlaceCarter Gallavan8 episodes
1997–2005ERGeorge Henry4 episodes
1998Poltergeist: The LegacyJosh MillerEpisode: "The Covenant"
1998Touched by an AngelNurse ArthurEpisode: "Miles to Go Before I Sleep"
1998Superman: The Animated SeriesCosmic BoyEpisode: "New Kids in Town"
1999PopularMr. Luke Grant4 episodes
1999Now and AgainCraig Spence4 episodes
1999–2000The Wild ThornberriesVarious2 episodes
2001Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJason MayberryEpisode: "Pique"
2002HackJimmy ScanlonEpisode: "Brothers in Arms"
2003CSI: MiamiScott MandevilleEpisode: "Blood Brothers"
2004Without a TraceLawrence PierceEpisode: "Upstairs Downstairs"
2005MediumDavid CallEpisode: "Being Mrs. Leary's Cow"
2007BonesBrandon CaseyEpisode: "The Doctor in the Den"
200724Reed Pollock8 episodes
2009Ghost WhispererNathan WeissEpisode: "Cause for Alarm"
2010–presentPretty Little LiarsByron Montgomery42 episodes, also director (9 episodes)
2010Drop Dead DivaDaniel PorterEpisode: "Back from the Dead"
2011–2013Young JusticeCaptain Marvel4 episodes


  1. ^ a b "Chad Lowe: Biography". TV Guide. 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Chad Lowe plays Byron Montgomery". ABC Family. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Rob Lowe Biography". Bio. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Fanshawe, Simon (March 23, 2002). "Pretty witty". The Guardian (London). Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: April Morning". People. 1988-04-15. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  6. ^ "Life And Death Alter Course Of 5 Tv Series". Los Angeles Times. 1985-04-01. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  7. ^ "The 1993 Emmy Winners". New York Times. 1993-09-21. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  8. ^ "Chad Lowe's Not-So-Winding Road to 'Take Me Home'". Los Angeles Times. 1993-09-21. Retrieved 2000-04-29. 
  9. ^ "Chad Lowe Joins ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars". TV Guide. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  10. ^ a b "Hilary Swank, husband Chad Lowe split". MSNBC. 2006-01-09. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  11. ^ "Hilary Swank, Chad Lowe to file for divorce". MSNBC. 2006-05-26. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  12. ^ "The Hottest Heartbreak Hairstyles: Hilary Swank". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  13. ^ "OMG! The 6 Most Cringeworthy Oscar Moments In Recent Memory". Business Insider. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  14. ^ "Hilary Swank winning an Oscar® for "Million Dollar Baby"". YouTube. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Chad Lowe Steps Out with His New Girlfriend". People. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  16. ^ "Lowe's girlfriend gives birth to daughter". United Press International. 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  17. ^ "Chad Lowe & Kim Painter Are Now Husband and Wife". People. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  18. ^ Toomey, Alyssa (November 16, 2012). "Chad Lowe and Wife Welcome a Baby Girl!". E! Online. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Chad Lowe Names Daughter Fiona Hepler". People. 2012-11-20. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 

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