My Life on TV: ‘Mental Samurai’ Host Rob Lowe Reflects on His Biggest TV Roles (PHOTOS)
You may think of Rob Lowe as a movie star — and you wouldn’t be wrong. He’s got leading man looks, perfectly coiffed hair and plenty of hit films, everything from St. Elmo’s Fire to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
But the 54-year-old has also been entertaining millions (including us!) with his TV work since 1979, when, at 15, he booked his first gig on the ABC sitcom A New Kind of Family. Over the past two decades, he’s starred on a network TV series nearly every single year, including fan favorites (The West Wing) and critical darlings (Parks and Recreation) while racking up Emmy and Golden Globe nominations along the way.
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His latest gig: hosting and producing the Fox game show Mental Samurai, on which contestants aim to win $250,000 by answering challenging questions… if they can concentrate while being flung around the set in a rotating capsule called Ava. (Fun fact: It’s not Lowe’s first foray into game shows — he snagged the top prize during an appearance on The $10,000 Pyramid 40 years ago.)
Mental Samurai executive producer Arthur Smith said Lowe is a perfect fit as host of the show. “He’s a naturally curious person and he loves competition,” Smith said. “He’s got a very good broad-based knowledge across a lot of subjects and that makes him the perfect host. And, of course, he’s very charming!”
“If you could tell me in 1979 that I would be going on 55 and still doing this, I would have never believed it, ever,” Lowe says. In the gallery above, the versatile star looks back on some of his memorable turns.
Mental Samurai, Series Premiere, Tuesday, March 19, 9/8c, Fox