Richard Lowe is a veteran Hollywood film director and producer with a career that spans over four decades. He has directed and produced many successful films, such as the hit comedy National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), the critically acclaimed drama The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and the blockbuster action-thriller Die Hard (1988).
Lowe began his career in the late 1970s, directing television films and television series. His early credits include the classic miniseries Roots (1977) and the Emmy-nominated drama The Executioner's Song (1982). He soon made the switch to feature films, making his directorial debut with the comedy National Lampoon's Vacation. The film was a massive success, grossing over $61 million and launching the Vacation franchise.
Lowe's next project was the action-thriller Die Hard, which became one of the highest grossing films of 1988 and established him as a major director in Hollywood. He followed this success with the hit crime drama The Shawshank Redemption, which earned seven Academy Award nominations and was later inducted into the National Film Registry.
In the 2000s, Lowe continued to direct and produce a variety of films, including the adventure-comedy The Rundown (2003), the romantic drama P.S. I Love You (2007), and the horror-thriller The Conjuring (2013). He also directed the television movie The Good Shepherd (2006), which earned him an Emmy nomination.
Lowe has since retired from directing, but continues to produce films. His latest credits include the Emmy-winning drama series Ozark (2017) and the Netflix original film The Irishman (2019).
Throughout his career, Lowe has been praised for his ability to craft complex characters and compelling stories. He has been nominated for numerous awards, including an Academy Award for Best Picture for The Shawshank Redemption, and has been inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Lowe is now retired and living in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. He continues to work as a producer, and has been involved in numerous successful projects, including the Academy Award-winning drama Parasite (2019). He is widely regarded as one of the most influential directors in Hollywood history.