Matthew Cowles, Actor Who Played Villain on 'All My Children,' Dies

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:01 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Matthew Cowles, the veteran film, stage, and TV actor known to many for his villainous role as Billy Clyde Tuggle on the long-running soap opera "All My Children," has died. He was 69.

The New York City native, who was married to "The Good Wife" star Christine Baranski for 30 years, died at his home on Thursday, MSN.com reported. The couple had two adult daughters together named Isabel and Lily.

The veteran actor, who appeared in such films as "Slap Shot," "Nurse Betty," and "Shutter Island," among others, died from cancer, The Christian Post reported.

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"He was a very gifted and kind man who loved life and everyone," manager Tsu Tsu Stanton tweeted on Friday with the announcement of Cowles' death.

"So sad to hear about the death of Matthew Cowles, #AMC's one and only Billy Clyde Tuggle," former "All My Children" writer Jean Passanante tweeted over the weekend. "A sweet man and a uniquely talented actor."

Alec Baldwin, who starred in "The Juror" with Cowles, also tweeted out his condolences for the late actor, writing over the weekend, "Deeply sorry to learn about Matthew Cowles, who I worked with on two films. A great gentleman."

Having earned two daytime Emmy nominations for his portrayal of the villain on "All My Children," Cowles also appeared in many other notable TV show over his 45-year career, including "Kojak," "Miami Vice," "Law & Order," and HBO's "Oz."

In addition to television and film, Cowles also appeared in several Broadway plays throughout his career, including "The Time of Your Life" and "Sweet Bird of Youth." Cowles also reportedly dabbled in playwriting himself.

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