Actor. The son of a judge from San Jose, California, he attended Santa Clara University and taught school briefly before joining a Los Angeles theatre company. He made his Broadway and movie debuts in 1915. Lowe's early screen persona exuded class and he was very popular as a debonair romantic lead, typically wearing a tuxedo and a waxed mustache. His career was given an enormous boost when he was cast against type as the brawling, foul-mouthed Sergeant Quirt in the World War I classic "What Price Glory?" (1926), opposite Victor McLaglen's Captain Flagg; their profane banter is still fun to watch. (Although the film was silent and the language was toned down in the intertitles, the studio received tons of complaints from lip-readers). Following this success he was cast as a rodwy hero in a series of adventure films co-starring McLaglen, though he never quite shed his dapper lothario image. In private life Lowe was famed for his sartorial elegance. He married actress Lilyan Tashman in 1925 and they were voted Hollywood's "Best Dressed Couple" before Tashman's death in 1934. In the 1940s Lowe eased into character parts. His 120 films include "Eyes of Youth" (1919), "East Lynne" (1925), "In Old Arizona" (1929), "Scotland Yard" (1930), "Chandu the Magician" (1932), "Dinner at Eight" (1933), "The Great Impersonation" (1935), "Men Against the Sky" (1940), "Dillinger" (1945), "Good Sam" (1948), and "The Last Hurrah" (1958). He also starred in the TV series "Front Page Detective" (1951 to 1952). Lowe's last film was "Heller in Pink Tights" (1960); he fell ill during production and his scenes were completed by a double. He died at the Motion Picture Country Home.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards