Charles Davis Lowe II (born January 15, 1968)[2] 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 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,[3] and played Byron Montgomery on Pretty Little Liars.

Chad Lowe
Charles Davis Lowe II[1]

(1968-01-15) January 15, 1968 (age 54)
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1984–present
(m. 1997; div. 2007)

Kim Painter
(m. 2010)
RelativesRob Lowe (brother)

Early lifeEdit

Lowe was born in Dayton, Ohio,[2] the son of Barbara Lynn Wilson (née Hepler; 1939–2003), a teacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a trial lawyer.[1] His parents divorced when Lowe was young.[4] 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.[5] He is of German, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.[6]

Lowe was raised in a "traditional midwestern setting"[5] 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.[4]


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.[3] In 1988 he 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.[7] Lowe played the title character in the short-lived sitcom Spencer, which he left after six episodes.[8]

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.[9]

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.[3] Lowe's feature film appearances have included roles in Nobody's Perfect, True Blood, Quiet Days in Hollywood, Floating, and Unfaithful.[3] In 2000, he portrayed iconic singer John Denver in the made-for-television movie Take Me Home. That year he also wrote and directed the short film The Audition.[10] Lowe made his feature film directorial debut in 2007 with Beautiful Ohio.[3] Lowe has directed episodes of Bones, Brothers and Sisters, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Hack, Without a Trace, and Pretty Little Liars.[3]

In April 2010, Lowe replaced Alexis Denisof as Aria's father, Byron Montgomery, in Pretty Little Liars.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

While filming Quiet Days in Hollywood, Lowe met actress Hilary Swank. They married on September 28, 1997.[12] On January 9, 2006, Lowe and Swank announced their separation,[12] and in May 2006, they announced their intention to divorce.[13] The divorce was finalized on November 1, 2007.[14] Swank infamously forgot to thank Lowe during her acceptance speech after winning her first Academy Award in 2000 (for Boys Don't Cry).[15] Upon winning her second Oscar in 2005, for Million Dollar Baby, Lowe was the first person she thanked.[16]

On January 19, 2007, a representative announced that Lowe was dating producer Kim Painter.[17] Lowe and Painter's daughter Mabel Painter Lowe was born on May 16, 2009.[18] Lowe and Painter were married on August 28, 2010, in a small ceremony in Los Angeles.[19] They welcomed their second daughter, Fiona Hepler Lowe, on November 15, 2012.[20] Hepler was Lowe's late mother's maiden name and Rob's middle name.[21] They welcomed their third daughter, Nixie Barbara Lowe, on March 18, 2016.



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Oxford Blues Computer Hacker uncredited
1988 Apprentice to Murder Billy Kelly film debut
1989 True Blood Donny Trueblood
1990 Nobody's Perfect Stephen/Stephanie
1991 Highway to Hell Charlie Sykes
1996 Driven LeGrand
1997 Floating Doug
1997 Trading Favors Marty
1997 Quiet Days in Hollywood Richard
1997 The Others VTV Director
1998 Suicide, the Comedy J.J.
2000 The Audition uncredited Short film
2001 Your Guardian Parker Smith
2002 Unfaithful Bill Stone
2002 The Space Between Ticket Man Short film
2003 Red Betsy Orin Sanders
2014 California Scheming Mr. Behrle
2015 Entourage Chad Lowe
2019 7 Days to Vegas Sheriff


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac Al Hamilton Television Movie
1984 Silence of the Heart Skip Lewis Television Movie
1984–1985 Spencer Spencer Winger series regular; 7 episodes
1986 There Must Be a Pony Josh Sydney Television Movie
1988 April Morning Adam Cooper Television Movie
1988 CBS Schoolbreak Special Michael Wells Episode: "No Means No"
1990 So Proudly We Hail Billy Kincaid Television Movie
1991 Captive Jeff Frost Television Movie
1991 An Inconvenient Woman Kippie Petworth Television Miniseries; 2 episodes
1991–1993 Life Goes On Jesse McKenna series regular; 35 episodes
1993 Candles in the Dark Jaan Toome Television Movie
1995 Fighting for My Daughter Eric Television Movie
1995 Siringo Winton Powell Television Movie
1995 The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show Rob "That's Right" Tarda Television Movie
1995 Dare to Love Stephen Television Movie
1995 Snowy River: The McGregor Saga Sam Taylor 2 episodes
also known as "The Man from Snowy River"
1996 ABC Afterschool Specials Roger Episode: "Me and My Hormones"
1996–1997 Melrose Place Carter Gallavan recurring role; 8 episodes
1997 In the Presence of Mine Enemies Sergeant Lott Television Movie
1997 The Hunger Neville Episode: "A Matter of Style"
1997–2005 ER Dr. George Henry 4 episodes
1998 Target Earth Commander Fauk, Alien Chief Television Movie
1998 Poltergeist: The Legacy Josh Miller Episode: "The Covenant"
1998 Touched by an Angel Arthur Bowers Episode: "Miles to Go Before I Sleep"
1998 Superman Cosmic Boy/Rokk Krinn (voice role) Episode: "New Kids in Town"
1999 The Apartment Complex Stan Warden Television Movie
1999 Popular Luke Grant 4 episodes
1999–2000 Now and Again Craig Spence 4 episodes
1999–2000 The Wild Thornberrys Buck the Ibex/Barking Deer #1 (voice role) 2 episodes
2000 Take Me Home: The John Denver Story John Denver Television Movie
2001 Acceptable Risk Edward Welles Television Movie
2001 The Zeta Project Wade Pennington (voice role) Episode: "Crime Waves"
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jason Mayberry Episode: "Pique"
2001 Night Visions Andy Harris Episode: "Hate Puppet/Darkenss"
(segment "Hate Puppet")
2003 Hack Jimmy Scanlon Episode: "Brothers in Arms"
2003 CSI: Miami Scott Mandeville Episode: "Blood Brothers"
2004 Without a Trace Lawrence Pierce Episode: "Upstairs Downstairs"
2005 Medium David Call Episode: "Being Mrs. O'Lreay's Cow"
2005 Fielder's Choice Philip Television Movie
2007 24 Reed Pollock recurring role; 8 episodes
2009 Bones Brandon Casey Episode: "The Doctor in the Den"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Nathan Weiss Episode: "Cause for Alarm"
2010 Drop Dead Diva Daniel Porter Episode: "Back from the Dead"
2010–2017 Pretty Little Liars Byron Montgomery series regular; 52 episodes[22]
2011–2013 Young Justice Captain Marvel/Billy Batson (voice role) 4 episodes
2016 Rizzoli & Isles Charlie Douglas Episode: "Murderjuana"
2017–2018 Supergirl Thomas Coville 5 episodes[23]
2018 Hailey Dean Mystery: 2+2=Murder Clyde Bennett Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Television Movie[24][25][26]
2018 Hailey Dean Mystery: A Will to Kill
2019 Hell's Kitchen Himself Represented Waterkeeper Alliance at a private dinner service
Episode: "Poor Trev"
2022 9-1-1: Lone Star Captain Owen Strand's half brother Episode 16: "Shift-less"


Year Title Notes
2000 The Audition directorial debut; Short film
2002 The Space Between Short film
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Television Series; Episode: "Soulless"
2004 Hack Television Series; Episode: "Extreme Commerce"
2006 Beautiful Ohio Feature film
2007–2015 Bones Television Series; 13 episodes
Episode: "Boy in the Time Capsule" (2007)
Episodes: "Fire in the Ice", "The Dwarf in the Dirt" (2009)
Episode: "The Bones on the Blue Line" (2010)
Episode: "The Truth in the Myth" (2011)
Episode: "The Warrior in the Wuss" (2012)
Episodes: "The Pathos in the Pathogens", "The Lady on the List", "The Spark in the Park" (2013)
Episode: "The Corpse at the Convention", "The Puzzler in the Pit" (2014)
Episodes: "The Resurrection in the Remains, "The Cowboy in the Contest" (2015)
2008–2010 Brothers & Sisters Television Series
Episode: "You Get What You Need" (2008)
Episode: "A Bone to Pick" (2010)
2011–2017 Pretty Little Liars Television Series; 15 episodes
Episode: "Touched by an 'A'-gel" (2011)
Episodes: "Father Knows Best", "Kingdom of the Blind", "That Girl Is Poison" (2012)
Episodes: "Hot Water", "Into the Deep" (2013)
Episodes: "Who's in the Box?", "She's Come Undone", "Surfing the Aftershocks", "March of Crimes" (2014)
Episodes: "Through a Glass", "Darkly", "No Stone Unturned" (2015)
Episode: "The Wrath of Kahn" (2016)
Episode: "Playtime" (2017)
2014 Twisted Television Series; Episode: "Danny Indemnity"
2015 Rizzoli & Isles Television Series; Episode: "Bassholes"
2015–2018 Life in Pieces Television Series; 6 episodes
Episode: "Godparent Turkey Corn Farts" (2015)
Episodes: "Prank Assistant Gum Puppy", "CryTunes Divorce Tablet Ring, "Eyebrow Anonymous Trapped Gem" (2016)
Episode: "Musical Motel Property Bingo" (2017)
Episode: "#TBT: House Destiny Introduction Retirement" (2018)
2016 The Grinder Television Series; Episode: "Delusions of Grinder"
2016 Stitchers Television Series; Episode: "Red Eye"
2016 Notorious Television Series; Episode: "Chase"
2017 American Housewife Television Series; Episode: "The Snowstorm"
2017 Supergirl Television Series; 2 episodes[27]
Episode: "Wake Up"
Episode: "Rather the Fallen Angel"
2018 Light as a Feather Television Series; 2 episodes
Episodes: "...Dead as a Doornail", "...Dead as the Night"
2019 9-1-1 Television Series; Episode: "The Searchers"
The Flash Television Series; Episode: "The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Part 1"
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Television Series; Episode: "Blocking"
2021-2022 9-1-1: Lone Star Television Series; 3 episodes
Episode: "Slow Burn"
Episode: "Red Vs. Blue"
Episode: "Spring Cleaning"
2021 Titans Television Series; Episode: "Purple Rain"


Year Title Notes
2005 Celebrity Charades Television Series; Executive Producer
2006 Beautiful Ohio Feature film; Producer

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Title Results
1989 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special CBS Schoolbreak Special Nominated
1993 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Life Goes On Won
Viewers for Quality Television Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series Won
2007 Sarasota Film Festival Debut Director Beautiful Ohio Won
2021 Garden State Film Festival Best Ensemble (Feature) 7 Days to Vegas Won


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