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    Rob Lowe Then and Now

    I was pursuing my acting career in the mid 1980s in New York City. This was about the  time Rob Lowe appeared in “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “The Outsiders” as part of the Brat Pack along with Emilio Esteves, Ally Sheedy, Charlie  Sheen and Demi Moore.

    They were named for the next generation of the Rat Pack of Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Peter Lawford.

    I used to wait on Esteves at Columbus Restaurant in New York City. He wasn’t with anyone notable in the Brat Pack when I saw him. I later read he didn’t like to hob nob with the pack socially.

    Lowe has most recently been the character Sen. Robert McCallister on “Brothers and Sisters,” at first as a contender for the presidency and later as candidate for governor of California on the show.

    He was part of the president’s staff as Sam Seaborn on “West Wing” to Martin Sheen’s character as President Josiah Bartlett.

    It is interesting to me that he started out with characters that were more anti-establishment and now his character is part of the establishment.

    “Brothers and Sisters” speaks to me on several levels. First, in my roots as an actress I admire Sally Fields and Calista Flockhart. I had high hopes of being in the acting ranks where I would have parts like these. Especially as Flockhart who is closer to my age. I watched her in Ally McBeall faithfully  a few years ago.

    I also enjoyed Dule’ Hill as Sheen’s aide on “West Wing” and now on the USA network show “Psych” as lead James Roday’s sidekick.

    I used to have a crush on Rob Lowe and wished he would show up at the restaurant with Esteves but he never did.

    According to Wikipedia: In 2006, it was announced that Lowe would join the cast of “Brothers & Sisters” for a guest run of several episodes. In January 2007, ABC announced that Lowe would be staying on “Brothers and Sisters” as a "special guest star" for the rest of season one after Lowe's initial appearance on the show in November 2006 brought the best ratings and demographic showing for the show since its premiere. Soon after ABC announced an early season two renewal for “Brother & Sisters” in March 2007, Lowe announced he would be returning for the show's second season.

    What I think Lowe adds to the show is not just sex appeal – which will lure plenty of women to watch the show, but he also portrays a character who believes in what he’s doing.

    I also get the strong feeling as a fellow actor he really identifies with his role.

    If you haven’t already seen it, I strongly recommend “Brothers and Sisters” at 10 p.m. on Sunday nights on ABC.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com