Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|1991||An Inconvenient Woman||Kippie||Television movie|
|1992||Highway to Hell||Charlie Morlene|
|1993||Candles in the Dark||Jaan Toome|
|1997||In the Presence of Mine Enemies||Sgt. Lott||Television movie|
|1997||Quiet Days in Hollywood||Richard|
|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||The Space Between||Ticket Man||Short film|
|2005||Fielder's Choice||Philip||Television movie|
|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|
|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||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|
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