Christine Baranski’s Husband Dies

By: Mike Tuttle - May 26, 2014

Actress Christine Baranski, known for her roles in television, musicals, and film, has lost her husband of 30 years, actor Matthew Cowles.

Baranski is most recently known for her role of Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife, was also in Cybill, and is known for guest starring on The Big Bang Theory as Leonard’s mother, Beverly Hofstadter.

Her husband, Matthew Cowles, was best known for his role as the villain Billy Clyde Tuggle on the ABC soap opera All My Children. Cowles invented and wrote that role. He played Tuggle in the late 70s, then again in the late 80s, and returned to the role briefly in 2013.

Cowles was also a playwright. He had most recently appeared on the big screen in a supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio.

Cowles and Baranski married in 1983, had two children together, and were inseparable.

The cause of Cowles death is so far unknown and unpublished. He was 69 when he died.

His manager Tsu Tsu Stanton said of Cowles, “He was a very gifted and kind man who loved life and everyone.”

Cowles wife, Christine Baranski, is a much better-known figure nowadays, not just because of her role in The Good Wife, as well as Big Bang Theory appearances, but for her work on stage. She began her career in Off-Broadway productions, and made her Boradway debut in 1980,

She has won Tony and Drama Desk awards twice. Folks will recall Baranski in the film Chicago, which crosses over between the worlds of stage musicals and film. The film starred Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere. Baranski played the role of Mary Sunshine, a reporter whose retelling of events in the film is at the heart of the films moral, that the public can be played, razzle-dazzled, into turning a blind eye to even criminal behavior if a celebrity spin is put on it by a skillful spin-master.

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  • Conniesusan

    You didn’t mention her best role in my mind – her as the singing sidekick to Meryl Streep in Mama Mia. She was brilliant in that.

    • sue

      Mama Mia certainly was “jaw dropping”.I think that would be an insult to any actress that their performance in Mama Mia was brilliant or their best.It was one of the corniest,embarrassing movies EVER!

  • Nancy

    Billy Clyde Tuggle is my all time favorite on All My Children. The man could ACT!!!

  • Denise Krizov

    I remember watching AMC when I was little and watching a odd aka actor. He had a crazy voice and character. I never knew that they were married. Sorry for her lost.

  • randy

    Mama Mia WAS corny but it was a lot of fun and she put a lot of energy into her singing and dancing to keep up with Meryl.

  • Kristie Lewis

    I love her in everything she is in!! I even loved the Addams Family Values. Very talented lady. I know she will miss him.