Chad Lowe

Chad Lowe

Born: January 15, 1968
Age: 50
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
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Charles Davis "Chad" Lowe II (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.


Life and career

Lowe was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Barbara Lynn 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 marriages of his parents, the producer Micah Dyer (maternal) and Justin Lowe (paternal). Lowe was baptized into the Episcopal church. He is of German, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.

Lowe was raised in a "traditional midwestern setting" 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.

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

While filming Quiet Days in Hollywood, Lowe met actress Hilary Swank. They married 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. 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, Fiona Hepler Lowe, on November 15, 2012. Hepler was Lowe's late mother's maiden name. 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
2010-17 Pretty Little Liars Byron Montgomery TV series-regular role

As a director

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

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  • 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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