Matthew Cowles

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Matthew Cowles
Matthew Cowles Jennifer West.jpg
Cowles and Jennifer West in the play Malcolm in 1966.
Born (1944-09-28)September 28, 1944
New York City, New York
Died May 22, 2014(2014-05-22) (aged 69)
New York City, New York
Occupation Actor
Years active 1969–2014

Kathleen Dezina (1980-?; divorce)

Christine Baranski (1983-2014; his death)
Children 2

Matthew Cowles (September 28, 1944 – May 22, 2014) was an American actor and playwright.

Personal life[edit]

The son of actor and theatre producer Chandler Cowles, he was born in New York City.

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.[1] He was an enthusiastic motorcycle rider.[2] Matthew Cowles died from congestive heart failure on May 22, 2014.[3]

Cowles taught religious education at the Church of the Nativity.[4]


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.[5]

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.[2]

Cowles' first film was the comedy drama Me, Natalie (1969) in which he played Harvey Belman. Al Pacino also made his debut in this film.

In 2010, Cowles played a supporting role in Martin Scorsese's film Shutter Island.






  • Mexican Standoff at Fat Squaw Springs[2]
  • Our Daily Bread[2]
  • Noblesse Oblige[2]


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