'All My Children' Star Matthew Cowles Dead

The actor, who played Billy Clyde Tuggle, was married to Christine Baranski.

May 26, 2014 -- Actor Matthew Cowles died on May 22 at the age of 69.

His manager, Tsu Tsu Stanton, confirmed the news via Twitter.

"#Matthew Cowles passed away on 5/22.I had the pleasure of being his manager. He was a very gifted and kind man who loved life and everyone," she wrote.

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Cowles rose to fame by playing villain Billy Clyde Tuggle on the ABC soap opera "All My Children," for which he was nominated for two Emmy Awards. The actor made Tuggle one of the most famous villains on the series, on which he appeared intermittently from 1977 until 1990, when his character set off what was thought to be a fatal explosion. However, in 2013, he appeared on the show yet again.

Cowles had a film career too, appearing in "The Money Pit," "Nurse Betty," and most recently, "Shutter Island." He is survived by his wife of 30 years, "The Good Wife" star Christine Baranski, and their two daughters.

A representative for Baranski did not respond to a request for comment.