Matthew Cowles Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Matthew Cowles Quick Info
Height5 ft 10 in
Weight74 kg
Date of BirthSeptember 28, 1944
Zodiac SignLibra
SpouseChristine Baranski

Matthew Cowles was an American actor and playwright who was best remembered for playing bad guy Billy Clyde Tuggle in ABC’s All My Children (1977–1980, 1984, 1989-1990, 2013). Additionally, he had also worked in shows like Law & Order: SVU (2008), Oz (2003), Life on Mars (2008-2009), and the 2010 film Shutter Island.

Born Name

Matthew Chandler Cowles

Nick Name


American actor Matthew Cowles
American actor Matthew Cowles (Deadline Hollywood / Pinterest)


Matthew was born on September 28, 1944.


Matthew died from congestive heart failure on May 22, 2014, in Connecticut. He was 69 years old at that time.

Sun Sign


Born Place

New York City, New York, United States





Actor, Playwright


  • Father – Chandler Cowles (Actor, Producer)
  • Mother – Katherine Drexel Henry
  • Others – Geoffrey Hellman (Stepfather)




5 ft 10 in or 178 cm


74 kg or 163 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Matthew Cowles had dated –

  1. Kathleen Dezina – His first marriage was to actress Kathleen Dezina, who played Estelle Tuggle on All My Children, in 1980. However, the couple soon filed for divorce.
  2. Christine Baranski (1982-2014) – Matthew and actress/singer Christine Baranski tied the knot on October 15, 1983. Their daughters Isabel Cowles and Lily Cowles were born in 1984 and 1987 respectively. They were together until his death in 2014.
Matthew Cowles seen with his wife actress Christine Baranski
Matthew Cowles seen with his wife actress Christine Baranski (Lily Cowles / Instagram)

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color

Light Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Often sported a horseshoe mustache



Matthew Cowles performing with actress Jennifer West in the 1966 play Malcolm
Matthew Cowles performing with actress Jennifer West in the 1966 play Malcolm (Alix Jeffry / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Matthew Cowles Facts

  1. He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series’ in 1978 for his villainous turn as Billy Clyde Tuggle in All My Children. His 2nd nomination for the same role came in 1981 in the ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series’ category.
  2. Matthew was an avid motorcyclist. His beloved BMW motorcycle was named ‘Lucifer’.
  3. Matthew and his wife brought up their daughters without any access to television at home.
  4. He was deeply religious and would often teach religious sermons at the Church of the Nativity in his hometown, Connecticut.

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