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OTRC: Matthew Cowles dies: 'All My Children' star, Christine Baranski's husband was 69

Matthew Cowles and Christine Baranski hail a cab in New York City on April 7, 2013. / Matthew Cowles and Christine Baranski attend the opening night of 'The Year of Magical Thinking' on Broadway in New York on March 29, 2007. (Adam Nemser / Paul Hawthorne / Startraksphoto.com)

"All My Children" star Matthew Cowles, husband of "The Good Wife" actress Christine Baranski, has died at age 69.

The actor passed away last week, according to his manager, Tsu Tsu Stanton. The cause of his death was not revealed.

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

Cowles is survived by 62-year-old Baranski, his second wife of more than 30 years, and their two daughters.

The actor, who regularly sported a large handlebar mustache, played villain Billy Clyde Tuggle on the soap opera "All My Children" in 1984 and in 1990, when it aired on ABC, and in 2013, after it moved from TV to the Internet. He was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards for his role.

He also played Curtis Love on the CBS soap "The Bold and the Beautiful" and an inmate named William Brandt in the HBO prison series "Oz." He appeared in movies such as "Nurse Betty" in 2000 and Shutter Island" in 2010.

Actor Alec Baldwin, who starred with Cowles in the 1985 TV film "Love on the Run" and in the 1996 movie "The Juror," expressed his condolences on Twitter on Sunday, saying: " Deeply sorry to learn about Matthew Cowles, who I worked with on two films. A great gentleman..."

When Matthew Cowles met Christine Baranski

Baranski, who plays Diane Lockhart on the CBS legal drama "The Good Wife," met in New York in 1982. They married the following year and their first daughter was born a year after that. The family's home is in Connecticut -- away from the hustle and bustle of New York and Hollywood.

"We did an Ibsen play in Garden City, Long Island," the actress told the New York Times in 2011. "And he asked me if I wanted to ride home on his motorcycle one night. He was this shaggy blond-haired guy who smoked unfiltered Mexican cigarettes. He was really exotic. I was in my early 30s. He loved riding around lower Manhattan -- back when SoHo was a little dark. Anyhow, that's how our romance began."

Baranski said in a 2008 interview with the Chicago Tribune that he drove her to an 18th Century farmhouse, his childhood home in Bethlehem, Connecticut, and that she knew that night that they were meant to be together.

"I had such a feeling of destiny about it," she says. "I loved it. I loved the smells in the air, the farms, the field. It was a dream. When Matthew took me into his home, I thought, 'We're gonna raise children here.'"

(Pictured: Matthew Cowles and Christine Baranski hail a cab in New York City on April 7, 2013. / Matthew Cowles and Christine Baranski attend the opening night of "The Year of Magical Thinking" on Broadway in New York on March 29, 2007. Credit: )

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