Cowles, Matthew 1944–

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COWLES, Matthew 1944–


Born September 28, 1944, in New York, NY; son of Chandler Cowles (an actor); married Kathleen Dezina, 1980 (divorced); married Christine Baranski (an actress), 1983; children: two daughters. Education: Studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Career: Actor and playwright. Mirror Repertory Company, member, 1985–86.

Awards, Honors: Daytime Emmy Award nomination, best actor—daytime drama series, 1978, Daytime Emmy Award, best supporting actor—daytime drama series, 1981, both for All My Children; Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, outstanding villain: daytime, 1988, for Loving.


Film Appearances:

Harvey Belman, Me, Natalie, 1969.

Wally, The People Next Door, 1970.

(Uncredited) Teenage boy, They Might Be Giants, 1971.

Pete, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Paramount, 1973.

Albert, The Happy Hooker, 1975.

Charlie, Slap Shot, Universal, 1977.

Speeding plumber in Garp's town, The World According to Garp, Warner Bros., 1982.

Ray Banes, Eddie Macon's Run, 1983.

Marty, "The Construction Crew" member, The Money Pit, Universal, 1986.

Beckman Gage, Stars and Bars, Columbia, 1988.

Sherman Bloom, She's Back, LIVE Home Video, 1989.

The Real Captain Borg, Brenda Starr, Triumph Releasing, 1989.

Gasoline attendant, Signs of Life (also known as One for Sorrow, Two for Joy), Avenue, 1989.

Sid, Stella, Buena Vista, 1990.

Headlock, 1993.

Halverson, White Fang II: Myth of the White Wolf (also known as White Fang 2), Buena Vista, 1994.

Pop Fly, The Cowboy Way, Universal, 1994.

Rodney, The Juror, Columbia, 1996.

Merle, Nurse Betty (also known as Nurse Betty—Gefaehrliche Traeume), USA Films, 2000.

Noon Blue Apples, 2002.

Arnie, City by the Sea (also known as The Suspect), Warner Bros., 2002.

Mitch, Season of the Hunted, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Chris Kahlman, A World Apart, ABC, 1970–1971.

Billy Clyde Tuggle, All My Children, ABC, 1977–1980, 1984, 1989–1990.

Lonnie, As the World Turns, 1983.

Eban Japes, Loving, ABC, 1986–1987.

Curtis Love, The Bold and the Beautiful (also known as Glamour and Top Models), 1997.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Monkey John, Lonesome Dove, CBS, 1989.

William Gibson, LIBERTY! The American Revolution, PBS, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Dave Freeman, Crawlspace, CBS, 1971.

Yancy, Love on the Run, NBC, 1985.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Candy Man: Parts 1 & 2," NYPD, 1969.

Ryan, "A Shield for Murder: Parts 1 & 2," Kojak, 1976.

Man on phone, "The Dutch Oven," Miami Vice, 1985.

"Nightscape," The Equalizer, 1986.

Timothy, "It's Always Something," Kojak, ABC, 1990.

Christian "Lemonhead" Tatum, "Asylum," Law & Order, NBC, 1991.

W. J. Masius, "A Ghost of a Chance," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide and H: LOTS), NBC, 1993.

Clyde, "Daniels in the Lion's Den," Deadline, NBC, 2000.

William Brandt, "Sonata de Oz," Oz, HBO, 2003.

William Brandt, "4 Giveness," Oz, HBO, 2003.

William Brandt, "A Day in the Death ... ," Oz, HBO, 2003.

Stage Appearances:

(Broadway debut) Malcolm, Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Prince Henry, King John, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1967.

Joey, The Indian Wants the Bronx, Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1968.

Larry Evans, I Saw a Monkey, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1968.

Frank, Stop, You're Killing Me, Stage 73, New York City, 1969.

Dudley, The Time of Your Life, Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, 1969.

Lord Jim, Kid Champion, Public/Anspacher Theater, New York City, 1975.

Tom Junior, Sweet Bird of Youth, Harkness Theatre, New York City, 1975–1976.

Mother Ryan, The New Dramatists, New York City, 1978.

Radio DJ, "North of Providence," Marathon '85 (Series C), 1985.

Hedda Gabler, Studio Arena Theater, Buffalo, NY, 1988.

Edith Stein, GeVa Theatre, Rochester, NY, 1988–1989.

Master Turner, Brantley, and John Brown, Ascension Day, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1992.

"Dear Kenneth Blake," Marathon '94 (Series B), 1994.

Chickie Fennelli, Mexican Standoff at Fat Squaw Springs, Seven Angels Theatre, Westbury, CT, then Vital Theatre Company, New York City, 2000.

Also appeared in Foursome; End of the War; Tennessee; Bathroom Plays; Touch Black; Paradise Lost; The Hasty Heart; Ghosts; The Rose and the Ring; The Golden Fleecing; No Time for Sergeants; Our Town; The Faraway Princess; House Arrest.


Stage Plays:

Mexican Standoff at Fat Squaw Springs, produced at Seven Angels Theatre, Westbury, CT, then Vital Theatre Company, New York City, 2000.