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Rob Lowe Is One of Our Favorite Celebrity Dads: See the Sweet Things He Told Us About His Kids (EXCLUSIVE)

The handsome star has two grown sons, and he's raised them right!


Rob Lowe isn’t just an ’80s icon and the star of beloved movies like St. Elmo’s Fire and The Outsiders and shows like The West Wing, Brothers & Sisters and Parks and Recreation, he’s also a devoted dad.

The actor, who currently stars in the show 9-1-1: Lone Star, has been married to makeup artist and designer Sheryl Berkoff since 1991, and the couple has two grown sons, Matthew Edward Lowe, age 31, and John Owen Lowe, age 29. Rob and John Owen even star together on the Netflix comedy series Unstable, which will premiere its second season on August 1.

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Rob Lowe with his sons, John Owen Lowe and Matthew Lowe, in 2009
Rob Lowe kids: The actor with John Owen and Matthew in 2009Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty

Rob and John Owen are on the cover of the current issue of Woman’s World, and the star shared some seriously sweet words about his kids. Read on to see what he had to say — just in time for Father’s Day!

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Rob Lowe kids: What John Owen has taught his dad

Not only do Rob and John Owen star together in Unstable, they co-created the show and John Owen writes for it. Appearing as father and son on TV has only strengthened their real-life bond.

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Rob Lowe and his son, John Owen Lowe, in 'Unstable' 2024
Rob and John Owen in the upcoming second season of UnstableJohn P. Fleenor/Netflix © 2024

“What he did, more than anything, was remind me of things that over 45 years of doing this, I might have forgotten,” Rob tells Woman’s World. “He’s reminded me of the wonder, the excitement, the fun and the moments of creativity that happen on set. It’s new and you don’t know what’s around every corner, so he’s shown me the challenges and surprises.”

Rob and John Owen Lowe, 2023
Rob and John Owen in 2023@netflixisajoke/Instagram

Taking pride in Matthew’s accomplishments

While John Owen has followed in his dad’s entertainment industry footsteps, Matthew has forged a different path, and Rob is equally proud of his two boys.

Speaking of Matthew’s accomplishments, Rob says, “I think I did well as a father because I have a son who not only passed the Bar and has his law degree but also has a commercial fishing license. That, to me, speaks of well-roundedness.”

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Rob Lowe and his son, Matthew, during a 2016 fishing trip
Rob and Matthew during a 2016 fishing trip@mattlowe/Instagram

Another bonus of having such a well-rounded son? “The commercial fisherman in my family is teaching me how to grill fish,” Rob says. Their Father’s Day barbecue is sure to be extra delicious this year!

The actor with his son, Matt, in 2023
Rob and Matthew in 2023@mattlowe/Instagram

The values Rob Lowe has passed on to his sons

Reflecting on raising his sons, Rob says, “There are the things that you teach them and can articulate, and then there’s the stuff you hope they learn by example and observing. I would always try to teach them to be thoughtful, thankful, grateful, friendly, kind and polite. All that good stuff. And I told them to always look people in the eye and say please and thank you.”

He continues, “I’d like to think that they learned the importance of work and academics from both from me and my wife — she has a tremendous work ethic. You have to get up and go to work everyday. And if you want something, you have to put in the time and effort.”

The actor with his wife and sons in 2011
The Lowe family in 2011John Sciulli/WireImage/Getty

Now that’s some parental wisdom worth following, whether or not you’re a celebrity. We wish Rob Lowe a very happy Father’s Day!

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