When rolling up at Modesto drive-ins, always check who is in the car next to you.
You never know, it might be Rob Lowe. The actor and author stopped by downtown Modesto’s A&W restaurant for a quick snack before coming to speak at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Thursday evening. His appearance was part of a Doctors Medical Center-sponsored Breast Cancer Awareness Month event. Lowe’s grandmother and mother both died from breast cancer, and his father survived non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and he often speaks out on the issue.
Hundreds came to hear Lowe talk about the importance of cancer prevention, patient advocacy and continued research. They also came just to gaze upon the handsome 51-year-old actor, who has been famous since he was a teenager. The former member of the 1980s group of young actors known as the Brat Pack has gone on to star in shows such as “The West Wing,” “Parks and Recreation” and now his new Fox series “The Grinder.”
Lowe joked about which of his personas would be speaking at the performance arts venue that evening, poking fun at his DirecTV commercials.
“I did not bring creepy Rob Lowe or hairy Rob Lowe. Socially awkward Rob Lowe is here, though,” he told the crowd.
Lowe spoke for about 20 minutes about cancer awareness before going into a question-and-answer session that focused more on his Hollywood career. He talked about going to Santa Monica High School with Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Robert Downey Jr. and others. He also discussed some of his most memorable roles (“About Last Night,” “The West Wing” and “Behind the Candelabra” among them).
Before his show, Lowe posted on Instagram and Twitter about his visit to Modesto, including a shot of him posing with a cardboard cutout of himself the Gallo Center staff put up for people to take pictures with. Before leaving, Lowe also gave his new favorite drive-in one more shout-out.
“I hit your A&W drive-in on the way here; let me tell you, it was the bomb,” he said. “That made my life. I might hit it on the way out.”