While in this modern day it’s not as easy to recognize who was and wasn’t a member of the (now outdated term) Brat Pack of the eighties, Rob Lowe is among those members, along with Charlie Sheen and his brother Emilio Estevez, and a handful of others. Be that as it may, Rob Lowe is certainly one among the Brat Pack members who made good despite some of the ups and downs. At the time of this writing, he is enjoying a prominent role on the TV show, ‘Brothers and Sisters’, as Robert McCallister. Some readers may not know this, but he could have been enjoying the role of McDreamy on Grey’s Anatomy. Lowe was offered the part of Dr. Shepherd but declined, making the way for Patrick Dempsey’s career to enjoy the positive note.
Rob Lowe has been about as newsworthy off the set as he has when on the set, once often embroiled in some sort of moderate scandal that usually revolved around sex. But to his benefit, it has been some time since he’s endured these moments and lately he’s been known to be a successful actor as well as husband and father. He openly admits that the success and fame coming to him at a young and influential age showed him he was not above the trappings of success. He himself states that when he was young and crazy, he was young and crazy.
Lowe was born on March 17th, 1964, illustrating that he now is a bit older and wiser as the age of fifty looms just over the horizon. In fact, it’s rather interesting to see Lowe play the character of Robert McCallister, what with McCallister being a very sober and cerebral conservative politician struggling with building a career and a marriage. It’s interesting for those who have watched Lowe over the years and realize this is impressive acting, what with the real Lowe seeming to be something quite different than the low-key and perspicacious McCallister. It demonstrates the breadth of his abilities, and he has certainly been recognized over the years as having some impressive acting talent.
His filmography demonstrates this well. While Lowe’s career has enjoyed several ups and downs over the years, it has never gone stagnant since its start in 1979. There are performances, shows and movies looked back on with a flinch, but they kept on coming whether good or bad, on TV and in the movies. In fact, Rob Lowe is among the select few actors who have found a nice home on both screens, large and small. There are actors who start on TV and then never look back once hitting the movie set, but Lowe seems cozy in both places, much like his Brat Pack fellow alumni, the more infamous Charlie Sheen. Subsequently, Lowe seems to have ended up one of the more successful of the original Brat Pack. Demi Moore was one of the lineup and has done well, but several of the others have struggled with maintaining their careers in a very fickle industry. Anthony Michael Hall, as another example, has been working, but after growing out of the vulnerable, skinny-kid persona that made him famous, the road has been rough and dusty. And where have Ally Sheedy and Andrew McCarthy been over the years?
Now with stories circulating that Lowe desires to leave the succeeding ‘Brothers & Sisters’ after being unhappy with the story and how much he’s in it (déjà vu of his issue with ‘West Wing’), we’ll have to see where the fates bring him next. It could be TV or another movie; there’s no way to say for sure with one like him, and that’s a plus. It could be a serious role, but by no means necessarily. Whatever it is, we can be assured that he’ll hold his own and impress, just like he’s done his entire adult life.