Rob Lowe

Robert Hepler “Rob” Lowe is an accomplished film and television actor. He garnered fame after appearing in such films as The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, About Last Night, St. Elmo’s FireWayne’s World, Tommy Boy, and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. On television, he played Sam Seaborn on The West Wing (1999-2006) and Chris Traeger in Parks and Recreation (2010-2015). Rob played the role of President John F. Kennedy in Killing Kennedy (2013), a critically acclaimed made-for-television movie which aired on the National Geographic Channel. 

In 2014, Rob began appearing as a commercial spokesperson in a series of DirecTV commercials that were later pulled after complaints from some of DirecTV’s competitors. But that was just a little dust-up when compared to the “controversy” that occurred in June 2007 around the time Rob was playing the role of Senator Robert Mcallister on Brothers & Sisters (2006-2010) for the ABC Television Network. I was serving as chairman of the ABC Affiliates Association board of governors at the time, and he graciously accepted my invitation to play as a celebrity guest in the Principal Charity Classic Pro-Am Golf Tournament. After hitting a sand wedge for his approach shot to the 4th hole at Glen Oaks Country Club, Rob’s golf ball struck a bird in mid-flight and knocked it dead. It wasn’t just any bird, it was an American Goldfinch which happens to be Iowa’s state bird! He raised his arms in mock celebration and said, “That’s my birdie. That’s unbelievable. Who comes (to Iowa) and kills the state bird? Only me.” The legendary Rob Lowe/Goldfinch story is recalled every summer around the time of the Principal Charity Classic. My wife, Susan, and I visited an on-location set of Brothers & Sisters in July 2007 where Rob presented her with a beautiful Waterford Crystal figurine of, what else, a Goldfinch. Rob has occasionally re-told the story on national television, telling Conan O’Brien in a January 2015 interview that he hasn’t played a round of golf since his infamous trip to Iowa. 

In October 2007, several of Rob’s Brothers & Sisters cast mates made their own Iowa trip: Balthazar Getty (“Tommy”), Matthew Rhys (“Kevin”), Dave Annable (“Justin”), Sarah Jane Morris (“Julia”) and Emily Van Camp (“Rebecca”) all attended the “Bras For The Cause” event to help raise funds to screen breast and cervical cancers all across Iowa. Having lost his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to breast cancer, Rob has contributed his time and talent to help raise awareness of breast cancer-related issue. He played an instrumental role in getting his fellow actors to support this Iowa event. 

Rob Lowe has numerous Golden Globe, People’s Choice, Screen Actors Guild and Primetime Emmy award nominations and wins. He’s a WINNER with many acting and philanthropic successes…and who has a fun-loving outlook on life!

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Rob Lowe” Retrieved from www.wikipedia.org

“Brothers & SistersRetrieved from www.wikipedia.org

(June 7, 2007). “Golfing actor nails birdie, literally”  Retrieved from www.upi.com

Keeley, Sean (March 28, 2008). “Rob Lowe Visits Iowa, Kills State Bird”  Retrieved from www.huffingtonpost.com

(August 3, 2013). “3 Breast Cancer Lessons learned from Rob Lowe” Retrieved from www.scrubbing.in