Rob Lowe is a charismatic force in Hollywood, encompassing that smooth, suave leading man throughout the decades. Once a teen heartthrob and now just a reminder that some people are born lucky with youthful good looks, this handsome actor’s filmography will keep you entertained all night.
10. Austin Powers
Character: Young Number Two
Mike Myers recruited Lowe to play the younger version of Dr. Evil’s right-hand man when powers travels back to the 1960s in this turn-of-the-century comedy series. He pulls it off well, with devilish good looks and an iconic eye patch that makes him a great sidekick for a group Halloween costume.
9. About Last Night
David Mamet’s off-Broadway play hits the big screen in 1986 as a romantic comedy set in Chicago. Demi Moore is his on-screen love interest in this tale of two yuppies navigating their first relationship after a one-night stand. The movie was remade with Kevin Hart and Regina Hall leading an all-black main cast in 2014.
Character: Dean Youngblood
Lowe is a promising hockey prospect looking to make a name for himself in the ultra-competitive Canadian Junior Hockey circuit. Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, and Cynthia Gibb round out the talented cast of this 1986 sports drama.
7. Oxford Blues
Character: Nick Di Angelo
This 1984 dramedy finds Lowe playing a Las Vegas hustler who follows the woman of his dreams to Oxford, England. He joins Ally Sheedy on the Oriel College rowing team and his values are tested as he competes for glory.
6. The West Wing
Character: Sam Seaborn
Lowe plays the White House’s Deputy Communications Director in his second massive TV hit from 1999-2006. He writes most of President Bartlet’s (Martin Sheen) speeches and becomes Deputy Chief of Staff by the end of the series.
5. St. Elmo’s Fire
Character: Billy Hicks
This 1985 coming-of-age film scores a hit by teaming Lowe with Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy, Emilio Estevez, and Mare Winningham. It’s the preeminent movie that kicked of the Brat Pack era alongside The Breakfast Club.
Character: Squire Franklin Burroughs IV
This 1983 comedy predates the Brat Pack era and pairs Lowe, McCarthy, John Cusack, Virginia Madsen, and Jacqueline Bisset in a low-brow reminder of ages past. It’s crude, rude, and everything movie comedies had to be in the 1980s.
3. Parks and Recreation
Character: Chris Traeger
The romance between Rashida Jones and Lowe’s ultra-cheery Chris Traeger is one of the central romances in this NBC mockumentary-style sitcom. He’s largely missing from the first and last season, but those seasons in the middle are the cream of this show’s crop.
2. Wayne’s World
Character: Benjamin Oliver
Mike Myers and Dana Carvey’s lovable losers, Wayne and Garth, are contrasted by slick-talking record producer Ben Oliver. He’s too handsome, rich, and successful to compete with throughout the majority of the movie, but somehow Cassandra (Tia Carrere) eventually sees through his facade.
1. The Outsiders
Character: Sodapop Curtis
Anyone alive in 1983 is familiar with the famous line from this Francis Ford Coppola-directed movie classic about teen angst. Ralph Macchio’s character utters it to C. Thomas Howell’s Ponyboy Curtis, “Stay golden,” something hard to do when your older brothers (played by Lowe and Patrick Swayze) are the leaders of a local low-income gang called the greasers. John Travolta musical this is not.