Lowe’s family moved from Charlottesville, Va., his birthplace, to Dayton, Ohio, where he was raised in a “traditional American setting,” attending
Oakwood Junior High School. Following his parent’s divorce, he moved to the Point Dume area of Malibu, Calif. with his mother and brother. In California, he attended Santa Monica High School, where he met Charlie Sheen.
One of Lowe’s earliest roles came in the 1983 TV film “Thursday’s Child,” for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film. He also appeared in the music video for The Go-Go’s song, “Turn to You.” His breakthrough role was his big-screen debut in 1983 when he and Emilio Estevez were cast in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Outsiders.” Lowe played the role of Sodapop Curtis, the brother of the main character Ponyboy Curtis (C.Thomas Howell) and Darrel Curtis (Patrick Swayze). Lowe and Estevez reunited in “St. Elmo’s Fire,” making them the two more prominent actors from the group known as the Brat Pack. “About Last Night” followed with Demi Moore, who had starred alongside Lowe in “St.