Cowles and Jennifer West in the play Malcolm in 1966.
September 28, 1944|
New York City, New York
|Died||May 22, 2014
New York City, New York
Kathleen Dezina (1980-?; divorce)Christine Baranski (1983-2014; his death)
Matthew Cowles (September 28, 1944 – May 22, 2014) was an American actor and playwright.
In 1980, he married actress Kathleen Dezina, his All My Children co-star.
In 1983 he married actress Christine Baranski with whom he had two daughters, Isabel (born 1984) and Lily (born 1987). In a New York Times profile of his wife, he was described as “the black sheep member of a family with ties" to Drexel banking and the Cowles Publishing Company. He was an enthusiastic motorcycle rider. Matthew Cowles died from congestive heart failure on May 22, 2014.
Cowles taught religious education at the Church of the Nativity.
In 1966 Cowles played the title role in Edward Albee's short-lived adaptation of James Purdy's comic novel Malcolm on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre. In 1983, Cowles joined The Mirror Theater Ltd's Mirror Repertory Company for their first repertory season, performing in Paradise Lost, Rain, Inheritors, and The Hasty Heart.
Cowles' first television part was Joe Czernak in the series NYPD in 1969. He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series in 1978 and as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series in 1981, both for his part as Billy Clyde Tuggle in All My Children, a role that he created and wrote.
- Me, Natalie (1969) as Harvey Belman
- The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) as Pete
- Slap Shot (1977) as Charlie
- The World According to Garp (1982) as O. Fecteau
- Eddie Macon's Run (1983) as Ray Banes
- The Money Pit (1986) as Marty
- Stars and Bars (1988) as Beckman Gage
- White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf (1994) as Lloyd Halverson
- The Cowboy Way (1994) as Popfly
- The Juror (1996) as Rodney
- Nurse Betty (2000) as Merle
- Shutter Island (2010) as Ferry Boat Captain
- All My Children (1977–1980, 1984, 1989-1990, 2013 ) as Billy Clyde Tuggle.
- As the World Turns (1983) as Lonnie.
- Loving (1986–1987) as Eban Japes.
- Lonesome Dove (1989) as Monkey John.
- Asylum, a 1991 episode of Law & Order.
- The Bold and the Beautiful (1997) as Curtis Love.
- Oz (2003) as Willy Brandt.
- Life on Mars (2008–2009) as Cowboy Dan.
- Malcolm (1966) Broadway as Malcolm.
- The Indian Wants the Bronx (1968) Astor Place Theatre
- The Time of Your Life (1969) as Dudley
- Sweet Bird of Youth (1975–1976) as Tom Junior
- Dirty Jokes (1976) at the Academy Festival Theatre in Chicago, Illinois
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