Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 3 Death 4 Selected filmography 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Towles was born on March 20, 1950[1] in Chicago, Illinois.[2] He had a sister by the name of Kai.[3] Prior to acting, Towles briefly served in the United States Marine Corps.[4][5]

Career[edit] In 1971, Towles began his acting career in Chicago where he performed as a member of the Organic Theater Company.[6] He made his film debut portraying a minor role as a cop in Dog Day Afternoon (1975).[7] Afterwards, Towles returned to Chicago to continue performing with the Organic Theater Company, as well as performing at the Goodman Theatre.[8] After a decade-long hiatus, Towles returned to the screen in the film, Pink Nights (1985).[9] Towles made his breakthrough role with Otis in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. His character was based on real life serial killer Ottis Toole, who confessed responsibility for the murder of Adam Walsh.[10][11] Towles also appeared on television in such shows as Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, ER, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Firefly.[12][13][14][15] Towles frequently collaborated with filmmaker Rob Zombie in several of films such as House of 1000 Corpses (2003), The Devil's Rejects (2005), Halloween (2007) and Grindhouse (2007).[16]

Death[edit] Towles died on April 2, 2015, at the age of 65,[17][18] in a hospital in Pinellas, Florida of complications following a stroke.[19][20]

Selected filmography[edit] Dog Day Afternoon (1975) - Cop (uncredited) Pink Nights (1985) - Ralph the Lounge Lizard Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) - Otis Men Don't Leave (1990) - Evan Taylor Night of the Living Dead (1990) - Harry Cooper The Pit and the Pendulum (1991) - Don Carlos The Borrower (1991) - Bob Laney Fortress (1992) - Stiggs Blood In Blood Out (1993) - Red Ryder Mad Dog and Glory (1993) - Andrew the Beater God's Lonely Man (1996) - Steven Normal Life (1996) - Frank Anderson The Rock (1996) - Alcatraz Park Rangers Gridlock'd (1997) - D-Reper's Henchman Warriors of Virtue (1997) - Grillo Night of the Lawyers (1997) - Alien, Moriarty The Prophecy II (1998) - Detective Waltrip Dr. Dolittle (1998) - German Shepherd (voice) More Dogs Than Bones (2000) - Detective Smith Groom Lake (2002) - Dietz House of 1000 Corpses (2003) - Deputy George Wydell The Devil's Rejects (2005) - George Wydell Miami Vice (2006) - Coleman Grindhouse (2007) - Lt. Boorman (segment "Werewolf Women of the SS") Home Sick (2007) - Uncle Johnny Halloween (2007) - Larry Redgrave Blood on the Highway (2008) - Louis Debois (final film role)

References[edit] ^ "Tom Towles biography". The New York Times.  ^ Oldenburg, Ann (6 April 2015). "Character actor Tom Towles dies at 65". USA Today. Retrieved 10 November 2015. The Chicago-born Towles...  ^ Macatee, Rebecca (6 April 2015). "Character Actor Tom Towles Dead at 71; Rob Zombie Remembers Indie-Horror Regular as "Such a Great Guy"". E! News. Retrieved 10 November 2015. ...his sister Kai Towles...  ^ "Rob Zombie remembers character actor Tom Towles". Philadelphia Media Network. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015. ...after a stint in the U.S. Marines...  ^ "Rob Zombie Remembers Character Actor Tom Towles". 6 April 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015. ...after a stint in the U.S. Marines...  ^ Jevens, Darel. "TOM TOWLES, 'HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER' ACTOR, DIES AT 65". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 10 November 2015. ...he began his acting career on local stages and in 1971 was part of the original cast of the Organic Theatre’s acclaimed series of sci-fi plays “Warp.”  ^ Rife, Katie (6 April 2015). "R.I.P. Tom Towles, horror veteran". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 10 November 2015. His first film role was a bit part as a cop in Dog Day Afternoon (1975)  ^ "Overview for Tom Towles". he returned to Chicago and became a member of the Organic Theatre Company appearing in numerous productions and often collaborating on the writing as well. Towles also acted with the prestigious Goodman Theatre there.  ^ Dagan, Carmel (6 April 2015). "Tom Towles, Actor in Horror Movies, Dies at 65". Variety. Retrieved 10 November 2015. Towles returned to the bigscreen after a long absence with an appearance in 1985’s “Pink Nights.”  ^ Ryan, Danielle (6 April 2015). "Tom Towles, Horror Movie Actor, Dead at 65". Paste. Retrieved 10 November 2015. He is best known, however, for his role as Otis opposite Michael Rooker’s Henry in 1986’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Towles’ murderous character was based on real-life serial killer Otis Toole, who admitted to killing the 6-year-old son of John Walsh.  ^ Barnes, Mike (7 April 2015). "Horror actor Tom Towles dies at 65". CNN. Retrieved 10 November 2015.  ^ "'House of 1000 Corpses' actor Tom Towles dies at 71". Fox News Channel. 7 April 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.  ^ Roberts, Katie (6 April 2015). "Character Actor Tom Towles, Star of Horror Films, Dies at 65". Moviefone. Retrieved 10 November 2015.  ^ Lang, Derrik J. (7 April 2015). "Actor Tom Towles, veteran of Rob Zombie horror films, dies at age 71". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 10 November 2015.  ^ Oldenburg, Ann (6 April 2015). "Character actor Tom Towles dies at 65". Florida Today. Retrieved 10 November 2015.  ^ Gingold, Michael (5 April 2015). "RIP Tom Towles". Fangoria. Retrieved 10 November 2015.  ^ Robinson, Will (6 April 2015). "Tom Towles, horror actor, dies at 65". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 10 November 2015. He was 65 years old.  ^ "Character Actor Tom Towles Dead at 65". People. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015. He was 65.  ^ Lang, Derrik J. (6 April 2015). "Tom Towles, Horror Movie Actor, Dies". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 November 2015. ...died April 2 in Pinellas, Florida, from complications following a stroke.  ^ "Tom Towles dies at 71; actor appeared in several Rob Zombie films". Los Angeles Times. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015. ...died Thursday in Pinellas, Fla., of complications from a stroke... 

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