Actors who ruined their career in a matter of seconds

Rob Lowe

One of the items confiscated from Paul Reubens’ stash of pornography was the infamous Rob Lowe sex tape, the first video of a celebrity having sex to be copied and sold at large. Lowe was a prominent member of the Brat Pack in the early and mid-’80s, appearing in the likes of St. Elmo’s Fire and Youngbloods,┬ábut when a video of him having sex with a 16-year-old girl was leaked, his promising career took a severe nosedive.

Lowe was in Atlanta to attend the 1988 Democratic National Convention when he took two girls to bed after meeting them in a nightclub, unaware that one was only 16. As the legal age of consent in Georgia is 16, Lowe escaped prosecution, but his public image was dealt further damage when a second clip showing him and a friend having sex with a woman at the same time surfaced. While he admits that he has never been out of work, Lowe is aware how much of his career those tapes cost him, claiming that he lost a role in Titanic because of the fallout. Better luck next life, Rob-o.