Tom Towles

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Tom Towles
Born (1950-03-20)March 20, 1950
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died April 2, 2015(2015-04-02) (aged 65)
Pinellas, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975–2008

Tom Towles (March 20, 1950 – April 2, 2015) was an American actor and writer.[1]

Towles was born in 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, where he was raised. He became an actor after service in the U.S. Marines, beginning with an uncredited performance in Dog Day Afternoon (1975). After the service, Tom attended Columbia College, Chicago as a theatre major. He appeared in film and television extensively beginning in the 1980s. He was probably best known for his turn in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer as a character modeled after Ottis Toole, Henry Lee Lucas' reputed accomplice in several murders.[2] He has also appeared in the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead, Fortress, Mad Dog and Glory, Blood in Blood Out, House of 1000 Corpses, and its sequel, The Devil's Rejects. He portrayed a drug trafficking gang leader in the big screen adaptation of Miami Vice and had a cameo in one of the faux trailers Werewolf Women of the SS in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse.

Towles' television credits included appearances in NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, ER, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (in the episode "Dramatis Personae"), Star Trek: Voyager, Seinfeld and Firefly.

Towles died on April 2, 2015, in Pinellas, Florida, from complications following a stroke.[3][4][5][6][7]


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