February 18, 2016
DALLAS (SMU) – Rob Lowe, acclaimed actor, producer, writer, director and activist, will be the featured speaker at The Tolleson Lecture of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at SMU Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Lowe will answer questions at the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Tate Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom, 3140 Dyer St. The student forum is a lively question-and-answer session with the Tate speaker for area high school students, SMU students, faculty and staff.
The Tolleson Lecture will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday in SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane. SMU students are eligible for free admission to Tate Lectures. Student tickets are distributed in the basement of McFarlin Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. on the evening of the lecture. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and students must show a valid SMU ID to claim a ticket.
ROB LOWE is a highly acclaimed actor who has made his mark in both television and film. He began his acting career in the TV series A New Kind of Family in 1979–80. He received his first Golden Globe Award nomination for his supporting actor role in the 1983 TV film Thursday’s Child. Also in 1983, Lowe made his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders. Subsequent feature films include Wayne’s World, Tommy Boy, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Thank You for Smoking.
Lowe’s fan base expanded significantly with his role in the hit TV drama The West Wing from 1999–2003. That series brought him two Screen Actors Guild awards and nominations for Emmy and Golden Globe awards. Following The West Wing, Lowe starred in the TV series Brothers and Sisters from 2007–10 and Parks and Recreation from 2010–15. His portrayal of President John F. Kennedy in the 2013 television movie Killing Kennedy was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. Currently, Lowe is the lead role in the Fox comedy The Grinder, which debuted in September 2015.
In addition to his acting, Lowe has credits as a producer, writer and director. He also is an activist for breast cancer awareness. He has written two books: his 2011 New York Times best-seller, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography; and Love Life, published in 2014. Lowe resides in California.
Follow Rob Lowe on Twitter @RobLowe.