Sunday, April 14, 2024

Christine Baranski’s Husband, Famous to Some, Rejoining “All My Children” After 20 Plus Years


We all love Christine Baranski. You love her on “The Good Wife” and from “Cybill” as Marianne and from the movies “Mamma Mia” and  “Reversal of Fortune” as the scheming lover to Claus on Bulow (played by Jeremy Irons). What you may not know is Baranski will be married 30 years this fall to actor Matthew Cowles. Never heard of him? He’s infamous in soap opera lure. He played the evil Billy Clyde Tuggle, a sort of Southern pimp and mischief maker on “All My Children” in the late 70s on and off through around 1990. Billy Clyde is an icon of “AMC” history.

Now it seems Billy Clyde is returning to Pine Valley. Cowles is said to be rejoining the show in its new online incarnation. It’s hard to say who knows him after all this time. Cowles’ main scenes, if I remember correctly, were with the late Ruth Warrick, who played Phoebe Tyler. This was before the internet existed, or cell phones, or iPods.

What you may not also know is that Cowles is quite unlike Billy Clyde. Father of two beautiful adult daughters with Baranski, Cowles is descended from the famed Cowles Publishing family. He’s from Connecticut. And as much as Baranski is seen on the town often with her daughters, Cowles likes to stay at home. He’s not cut out for Manhattan nightlife, Baranski has always said. Billy Clyde, however, only wanted to be known and seen. “AMC” airs every day on

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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