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10 roles that made me fall in love with Rob Lowe all over again

Randi Mazzella is a mother of three and freelance writer.  She has written extensively about parenting, family life and teen issues. 

Let's be honest, Rob Lowe is pretty much a perfect specimen

This Labor Day, Comedy Central is televising a roast of Rob Lowe. Participants in the roast include Peyton Manning, David Spade, Jewel and another '80s heartthrob, the original Karate Kid Ralph Macchio. Rob Lowe was swoon-worthy when I was a teenager and has remained so throughout his career. Even as a mature mother of three, it’s clear that I still have a major crush on him.

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What made me fall for Rob Lowe? It is these 10 memorable roles in movie and television

The Outsiders (1983) 

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Lowe plays Sodapop Curtis, the middle brother in the Curtis clan. Lowe’s role in this movie is small, but he is so cute — especially in that brief moment where he is walking out of the shower.

St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

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He plays Billy Hixx, a saxophone-playing stud. Yes, he is bad boy, but one with a heart of gold. And when he and shy Meg get together…

About Last Night (1986)

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This is still one of my favorite comedies, and I never turn it off if it is on when I am flipping channels. Lowe plays Danny Martin, and his chemistry with Debbie (played by my teenage girl crush Demi Moore) is movie magic.

The Oscars (1989)

I remember lying on the couch in my apartment watching Rob Lowe dancing with Snow White and thinking, “What the heck is he doing?” I am pretty sure he thought the same thing. But hey, even a heartthrob like Rob is entitled to a few missteps. It didn’t make me love him any less.

Bad Influence (1990)

Lowe plays Alex and it’s not one of my favorites of his movies. I think I was just happy to see his cute face back on screen after the Oscars disaster.

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Wayne’s World (1992)

This is the first time I found out that Lowe was not only adorable but also very funny. He is terrific as sleazy TV producer Benjamin Oliver.

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West Wing (1999-2006)

Sam Seaborn is another one of my favorite Lowe characters. This smart, sexy speech writer and his interaction with the well-casted cabinet made me interested in politics.

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Brothers & Sisters (2006-2010)

As a young adult, I wanted to date Lowe’s character in About Last Night. But it’s his role as Robert McCallister that I saw his potential as husband. Loved him and Calista Flockhart together and (spoiler alert) when Robert meets his tragic end.

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The Grinder (2015-2016)

I even liked The Grinder. I was so happy when I heard Rob Lowe was coming back to weekly TV. And even though the show was not the best, I did love watching Lowe as Dean Sanderson and another former crush Fred Savage (from The Wonder Years) playing brothers. Apparently, I was in the minority as it was canceled after one season.

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Direct TV commercials

Yep, I am including his role as Rob Lowe and ”Other” Rob Lowes. My husband says Rob Lowe could read the phone book and I would find him adorable. And these commercials prove my husband is right.

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