Happy Birthday, Rob!!!


Dear Mr. Lowe,

Sure, you may be conventionally too old for us here at the Gloffice. And you might be married with kids (who are closer to our age than we are to yours). But, damn boy, you're fine.

The former Brat Packer turns 49 (49?!?!?) on Sunday (also St. Patrick’s Day—Erin go Bragh!). For those of you unfamiliar with this perfect human specimen, he rose to fame in the mid-1980s, thanks to roles in films including The Outsiders, St. Elmo’s Fire, and About Last Night… But, more than anything, what cemented his place as a Hollywood megastar were the friends he kept and the party-boy reputation he earned, originally documented in a New York magazine cover story in 1985. Along with Emilio Estevez—his childhood friend and neighbor—Demi Moore, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy, the Brat Pack ruled the box office and won the hearts of young (and some old) America.

But unlike many of his pals, Lowe has maintained a successful career (though The Mighty DucksCoach Bombay may be the greatest role ever played by a Brat Packer—good on you, Emilio), first with the award-winning role as Sam Seaborn in The West Wing (starring along side his Brat Pack bro’s dad, Martin Sheen), his “literally” fantastic turn as Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation, and his faux-Brad Pitt character on Californication. Clearly, Lowe is going nowhere. He also wrote a 2011 memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, which is a truly fantastic read.* More remarkable than anything, he's managed to stop the aging process and, though fifty may be creeping up on him, few people have ever worn it better. Here, a look back at the most inspiring Brat Pack moments.

So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROB! We love you. Please, continue to never change.

*Really though. It’s amazing. Even the New York Times thought so: "[Lowe] writes viscerally and insightfully...He looks back at the aberrant highs of his heart-throb days, the changing nature of stardom in Hollywood, the trade-off he has made between high life and home life, and the step-by-step effort behind his show business survival. He looked like the callowest kid in the ‘Outsiders’ crew. Now he looks like the sturdiest of them all”

P.S.: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rob will narrate the National Geographic Channel’s new miniseries, The ‘80s: The Decade That Made Us. Mark you calendars for April 14-16. There’s a new, albeit much more sophisticated and legitimate, version of VH1’s I Love the 80s in town.

[1] Rob Lowe, [2] Demi Moore, [3] Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, and Rob Lowe, [4] Ally Sheedy, [5] Ally Sheedy and Molly Ringwald, [6] Rob Lowe and Andrew McCarthy, [7] C. Thomas Howell, Francis Ford Coppola, and Matt Dillion on the set of The Outsiders, [8] Ally Sheedy and Andrew McCarthy, [9] Demi Moore, [10] Ally Sheedy and Matthew Broderick, [11] Molly Ringwald, [12] Robe Lowe and Melissa Gilbert, [13] Ally Sheedy, [14] Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore, [15] Molly Ringwald, [16] Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore, [17] Ally Sheedy, [18] Emilio Estevez and Rob Lowe, [19] Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, and Judd Nelson, [20] Andrew McCarthy, [21] Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, and Emilio Estevez, [22] Rob Lowe and Melissa Gilbert, [23] Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore.

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  • http://www.ourwonderlust.com/ TinaOurWonderLust

    Love this! These photos bring me back...way back. Those films literally broke my heart. Movies rarely do that for me now...too jaded. Thanks for the memories brat pack.


  • thesixthbeatle

    Love Rob Lowe! Amd love the brat pack pics. I miss that era.

  • http://youareashootingstar.blogspot.com/ Stacey Kelly

    you find the very best pictures!! rob and demi are both so gorgeous, seriously.


  • Carolina Muniz

    I love him, specially as Robert McCallister, in Brothers & Sisters ♥ What a face!

  • mermaidsdream

    From the NY Mag Article (written in '85)

    "The Hottest of Them All—Tom Cruise, 23. He first made his mark in Taps, then went on to star in the youth-movie classic Risky Business. The huge success of that movie (it made $30.3-million) gave Cruise the leverage to get over $1 million per movie.

    The Most Beautiful Face—Rob Lowe, 21. He first showed it to moviegoers in The Outsiders, then starred in Class and The Hotel New Hampshire. He stars in St. Elmo’s Fire.

    The Overrated One—Judd Nelson, 25. He made his reputation as a hood in Making the Grade andThe Breakfast Club. And now, in St. Elmo’s Fire, he shows—with his role as a congressional assistant—that he was better off when typecast.

    The Only One With an Oscar—Timothy Hutton, 24. He got started ahead of the others as a troubled teen in Ordinary People, then joined the Brat Pack in Taps. Fellow Brats whisper that he’s made one too many flop (Turk 182! was its name) and now must revive his career or risk being forgotten.

    The One Least Likely to Replace Marlon Brando—Matt Dillon, 21. Everyone thought he would do it back when he made Tex and The Outsiders, but he eased into a lower gear with The Flamingo Kid, a comedy that did well at the box office.

    The Ethnic Chair—Nicholas Cage, 21. A nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, he changed his famous surname—and took out an eyetooth to play a leading role. Birdy, which made his reputation as an actor. His ethnic looks usually land him the part of brother or best friend.

    The Most Gifted of Them All—Sean Penn, 24. He is the natural heir to Robert De Niro’s throne; like his mentor, Penn will transform himself for any role he takes. The results have been awesome: from the surfer Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High to the drug dealer Daulton Lee in The Falcon & the Snowman.

    Not Quite There: the Two Matthews—Broderick, 23, and Modine, 24. Both are fine actors—Broderick in WarGames and on Broadway, and Modine in Birdy—but both live in New York. The Brat Pack likes them but doesn’t know them. The same goes for Kevin Bacon, 26, the star of Footloose and Diner."

    Almost 30 years later and this is still accurate.

    • Chloe

      Nicholas Cage is ethnic? Ahhh the 80's

  • ClosetCravings

    Rob Lowe is like a male unicorn or manicorn - he just doesn't age. Love him on
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  • Charlotte Goldfarb

    So this a 30 - 35 year tbt for me - so glad to know these movies and actors have a lasting impact on other generations as well - when demi wore her rebock high tops in About Last Night, I had to have them. Love mermaids dream post from NY mag . . .

  • amelia

    these photos document possibly my FAVOURITE era in celebrity, and Rob Lowe was the biggest obsession for me of them all; i even have his autobiography (it's actually rather good!)

  • Lana Nasser

    SEXY SEXY MAN. First crush!


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