'All My Children' Actor Matthew Cowles Dies; Husband of Christine Baranski


'All My Children' Actor Matthew Cowles Dies; Husband of Christine Baranski


Actor Matthew Cowles, best known for his role as Billy Clyde Tuggle on the soap 'All My Children' has died. He was 69. 

Cowles, who earned two Emmy nominations for the role, starred in the daytime drama when it aired on ABC and then for its online reboot. 

Cowles passed away on May 22, surrounded by his family, and is survived by his wife of 30 years, actress Christine Baranski ('The Good Wife'), and their two adult daughters, Lily and Isabel. 

The late actor's manager, Tsu Tsu Stanton, tweeted out the news on Friday: "He was a very gifted and kind man who loved life and everyone," she said of the New Yorker. 

Cowles, though best known for his soap work (he also appeared on 'The Bold and the Beautiful' and 'Loving'), got his start on Broadway, playing the title role in Edward Albee's short-lived adaptation of James Purdy's comic novel 'Malcolm,' which isn't surprising considering he was born to Broadway producer Chandler Cowles, known for 'Sweet Bird of Youth,' and, yes, 'Malcolm.' 

Cowles also appeared in the films, 'Slap Shot,' 'Nurse Betty' and 'Shutter Island,' among others. He was also an accomplished playwright. 

Cady McClain, Cowles' former 'All My Children' co-star, tweeted out that his passing was "so sad." She said, "What a lovely man... I adored working with him last year. So kind."

- Matthew Cowles
- Christine Baranski
- All My Children

Written by: briannehogan
May 25th, 2014, 12:06 pm

Image courtesy of Ben Hider/Getty Images


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Message Posted On Jun 1st, 2014, 7:34 am

OMG, I cannot believe this, when I use to watch soaps, it was All My Children with the cast I grew up on, Billy Clyde, Opal, Angie Jessie and so on. I loved his character. My Prayers go out to the family R.I.P. Matthew Cowles(Billy Clyde)

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