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Matthew Cowles dies at 69; fans mourn loss of ‘All My Children’ star

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Matthew Cowles was known best for his work on daytime television and viewers watch his famous wife, Christine Baranski, weekly on "The Good Wife." On Sunday the sad news coming from Hollywood had soap opera fans grieving. Matthew Cowles, who played Billy Clyde Tuggle on “All My Children” reportedly died at age 69. According to JustJared on Sunday, the famous actor’s death was confirmed by his manager in a Twitter posting. The actor was a two-time Daytime Emmy nominee, but his fans definitely remember his role as Billy Clyde Tuggle as he was a villian.

On the soap opera "All My Children," the character was a pimp who pimped out Donna Beck and Estelle. On the show, Billy Clyde raped Estelle in 1980, and then buried her alive. He was later was sent to jail for his actions. Billy Clyde romanced Dixie Cooney and this was another evil action as it led to abducting and holding Dixie a cabin for several days. In the most recent story arc of the show, Billy Clyde was presumed dead when he went over a bridge following a struggle with Tad Martin. He returned alive to Pine Valley in 2013.

Also part of the Broadway scene, he was in several productions including “The Time of Your Life” and “Sweet Bird of Youth.” He appeared in Hollywood films including “Shutter Island” and “American Loser.” The talented actor also got behind the scripts and penned a few plays himself to share with fans around the world.

In real life Matthew Cowles was known to be a kind and gentle guy. His famous wife, Christine Baranski, is on the hit show “The Good Wife. The couple has been married more than 30 years. Seen walking the red carpet events together and looking madly in love even years after they exchanged vows, the fans have been reaching out to Baranski and the Cowles family to share condolences.

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