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Byron Montgomery

played by Chad Lowe

character

Aria's dad is the kind of professor every college girl dreams about – handsome, smart, and sexy in a professorial way. He's also the picture of the perfect family man. Unfortunately, his affair with a student doesn't quite fit the image he tries so hard to maintain. What would happen if people found out he's not quite who he says he is? It's already put a strain on his relationship with Aria. Can father and daughter ever reconcile? Or will his secrets ultimately tear his family apart?

actor

Chad Lowe stars as Aria's father, Byron Montgomery.

Lowe became a household name with his first series regular role on the ABC drama “Life Goes On.” For his work on the series, portraying AIDS victim Jesse McKenna, Lowe earned an Emmy® Award for Best Supporting Actor on a Drama Series.

Lowe began his career as an actor in the 1980s with a series of telefilms, including “Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac,” “Silence of the Heart,” “April Morning” and “An Inconvenient Woman.” He also starred in the telefilm “Take Me Home: The John Denver Story” as John Denver, and had recurring roles on such series as “Melrose Place,” “Popular,” “Now and Again” and “ER,” and guest-starring roles on such shows as “Touched by an Angel,” “Superman,” “CSI: Miami” and “Medium,” among others. Lowe recently had a recurring role on the popular series “24,” playing Reed Pollock, deputy secretary to Thomas Lennox, played by Peter MacNicol.

Not relegating his work to television, Lowe ventured into the feature world, with roles in “Nobody’s Perfect,” “True Blood,” “Quiet Days in Hollywood,” “Floating” and “Unfaithful,” opposite Diane Lane and Richard Gere. Also active in the theater, Lowe has appeared in stage productions of “Huck Finn” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Pennsylvania; “Grotesque Love Songs” at the WPA Theatre in New York; and “Burning Blue” at Beckett Theatre in New York.

As a director, Lowe has helmed episodes of “Brothers and Sisters,” “Bones,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Hack” and “Without a Trace.” His original short film “The Audition” was produced for Showtime, followed by the short “The Space Between,” which appeared at both the Toronto International Film Festival and the Tribeca International Film Festival. He made his feature film directing debut with “Beautiful Ohio,” an ensemble film starring William Hurt, Julianna Margulies, Rita Wilson, Michelle Trachtenberg and others. Lowe produced and directed the film, written by Ethan Canin (“The Emperor’s Club”), which spotlights a family that comes of age during the turbulent Watergate Era of the early 1970s. “Beautiful Ohio” premiered at the 2006 AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles.