Christine Baranski: ‘The Good Wife’ Actress’s Husband Dies

By: Kimberly Ripley - May 26, 2014

Christine Baranski, known for her role as Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife, is mourning the death of her husband of 30 years, Matthew Cowles. The 69-year-old actor, known for his role as villain Billy Clyde Tuggle on the daytime drama All My Children, was found dead at his home on Thursday May 22nd. His cause of death is unknown.

Cowles was also known for his roles on Nurse Betty, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Life on Mars. He was a two-time Daytime Emmy nominee. In addition to being an actor, Cowles was a playwright, too. He also appeared on the big screen in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island.

In addition to her role on The Good Wife, Christine Baranski appeared as a guest star on The Big Bang Theory and made appearances on numerous other television shows. She is also a multiple Emmy nominee and Tony award winner.

Tsu Tsu Stanton was Matthew Cowles’ manage for many years. She shared word of his passing and of her grief via a Twitter post.

Former All My Children writer Jean Passanante shared her feelings about the actor’s death, too.

Many fans took to Twitter as well, using the hashtags #BillyClydeTuggle and #RIPBillyClyde.

In addition to wife Christine Baranski, Matthew Cowles is survived by the couple’s two daughters, Isabel and Lily. Their husband and father’s sudden passing has no doubt left the family grief stricken and heartbroken. Condolences are no doubt going out from around the world to Matthew Cowles’ family and friends.

It will be interesting to learn in the coming days what took the actor from his loved ones so suddenly. Was it a heart attack or stroke? It’s likely that an autopsy is being conducted, but no word on that has yet hit the media. No word has been released on when Matthew Cowles will be laid to rest either. That will no doubt be announced within the next few days as well.

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Kimberly RipleyKimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.

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