Matthew Cowles

With a career that spanned over five decades, Matthew Cowles was an American actor and playwright whose most notable role was Billy Clyde Tuggle on "All My Children" (ABC, 1970-2011). Cowles was born on September 28 ... Read more »
Born: 09/28/1944 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

Veronika Decides to Die 2015 (Movie)

Old Fred (Actor)

All My Children 1969 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Heart, She Holler 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shutter Island 2010 (Movie)

Ferry Captain (Actor)

The Living Wake 2010 (Movie)

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Season of the Hunted 2004 (Movie)

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Oz 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

City by the Sea 2002 (Movie)

Arnie (Actor)

Deadline 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

Merle (Actor)

Liberty! The American Revolution 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Juror 1996 (Movie)

Rodney (Actor)

The Cowboy Way 1994 (Movie)

Pop Fly (Actor)

White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf 1994 (Movie)

Halverson (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brenda Starr 1992 (Movie)

The Real Captain Borg (Actor)

Headlock 1992 (Movie)

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It's Always Something 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Stella 1990 (Movie)

Sid (Actor)

She's Back 1989 (Movie)

Sherman Bloom (Actor)

Signs of Life 1989 (Movie)

Gasoline Attendant (Actor)

Stars & Bars 1988 (Movie)

Beckman (Actor)

Love on the Run 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Money Pit 1986 (Movie)

Marty--"The Construction Crew" Member (Actor)

The World According to Garp 1982 (Movie)

Speeding Plumber (Actor)

Slap Shot 1977 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The Happy Hooker 1974 (Movie)

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Crawlspace 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

A World Apart 1969 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Actor

Love on the Run (Movie)

Yancy (Actor)

Loving (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With a career that spanned over five decades, Matthew Cowles was an American actor and playwright whose most notable role was Billy Clyde Tuggle on "All My Children" (ABC, 1970-2011). Cowles was born on September 28, 1944 in New York City. He was the son of actor and theater producer Chandler Cowles, who often worked with Italian-American composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti. At first, the son followed in the footsteps of his father as a theater actor. One of his first leading roles was the title character in the 1966 Broadway adaptation of James Purdy's comic novel, <i>Malcolm</i>. Three years later, Cowles made his television debut on the crime drama series, "N.Y.P.D." (ABC, 1967-69) and appeared in his first film, "Me, Natalie" (1969) alongside Patty Duke. Through the 1970s, Cowles had small character roles in films ranging from the New Hollywood classics "They Might Be Giants" (1971), "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (1973) and "Slap Shot" (1977) to the exploitation favorite "The Happy Hooker" (1975). In 1978, he landed the role of the scheming Billy Clyde Tuggle in the hit soap opera "All My Children." Tuggle became a career-defining role for Cowles; he was nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy in 1978 and 1981; perhaps even more importantly, it was on set at "All My Children" that Cowles met his wife, future television star Christine Baranski. The couple married in 1983 and had two daughters. Over the next several decades, Cowles continued to act in both film and television and wrote several plays of his own. His last notable film role came in Martin Scorsese's psychological thriller "Shutter Island" (2010). When "All My Children" was revived in 2013 after ending its original run two years earlier, Cowles reprised his villainous role. It was perhaps fitting that his most notable role was also his last. Matthew Cowles died of congestive heart failure on May 22, 2014.

Relationships

Christine Baranski Actor

Wife
Married October 15, 1983.

Chandler Cowles Executive Producer

Father

Kate Dezina Actor

Ex-Wife

Milestones

2010

Appeared in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island"

1978

Began ongoing role as Billy Clyde Tuggle on "All My Children"

1973

Appeared in George Roy Hill's "The Friends of Eddie Coyle"

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