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21 May 8th, 2013 Matthew Cowles Returns to All My Children! Billy Clyde Tuggle is About To Shake Up Pine Valley!

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According to reports, one of All My Children’s favorite baddies,  Billy Clyde Tuggle, is returning to Pine Valley! That means that actor Matthew Cowles is resurrecting his oh-so-infamous role on the revival of the series when he debuts on May 16th!

The back-story: Billy Clyde was was presumed dead in a 1990 following a bridge confrontation with Tad (Michael E. Knight)!  According to Soap Opera Digest, “A show rep, relates that the super-villain now runs an escort service and will be involved in Angie and Jesse’s quest to find her missing daughter, Cassandra. Expect Billy Clyde to also interact with Dixie, who had been the unwilling object of his deranged affection.”  Oh-oh! This sounds pretty juicy is you ask us, with lots of story potential and fall-out!

Matthew Cowles was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Supporting Actor category for his work on All My Children in 1981, and he is married to actress Christine Baranski!

What do you think about the return of Billy Clyde Tuggle and how it figures into the current storyline? We are excited about it, are you? Let us know!

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  1. Bill says:

    He was fun back in the day


  2. Val says:

    Now Dix has a bigger villain than David to worry about!


  3. jimh says:

    I just stopped watching amc, but Billys return may just bring me back. Will he be hanging around Bramwell Hall?


  4. Beth says:



  5. Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman) says:

    Brilliant move.


  6. Y says:

    Yes!! Been waiting for him to return for years!


  7. su0000 says:

    ohhh my god!! Billy Clyde is my all time favorite bad guy villain!!!

    If there were awards for best villains Billy Clyde would win it!!


    Jen replied

    Totally agree, but have to admit when I watched him during his meanest heydays in the late 70 when I was a little kid he scared the living daylights out of me. I wonder sometimes what was my mom thinking letting me watch his scenes where he was threatening to kill/beat on Estelle!


  8. Johnny says:

    He’s still alive?
    Man, they’re really reaching for it aren’t they.
    Maybe they’ll bring Donna back as an aging prostitute?


  9. BTripp says:

    This is brilliant if you ask me! He should have been brought back long ago! These new producers and writers are fans of the show so it makes sense that they would do something like this.


  10. Anita says:

    Very happy he was a good change


  11. Kathy says:

    Loved Billie Clyde! What a wonderful character to bring back!


  12. cathy trinque says:

    The bridge where they filmed was at Bill Cosby’s house in Shelburne Falls MA. That is a few miles from me. I wish I had taken the day off from work! Michael Knight was at one of the local bars. My friend saw him but I didn’t. Tad was so good looking then.
    This is so exciting and I bet Michael Knight will be back soon, too!


  13. CC says:

    OMG! I so disliked him, should be interesting.


  14. BD says:

    LOL! B.C. Tuggle returns to Pine Valley!! That is going to be major HOOT!!


  15. Llanviewer717 says:

    This is great news. I thought I recognized him in a video that I saw here of the premiere event. I was a regular AMC viewer back his day. Welcome home Billy Clyde.


  16. ethel says:

    OMG!!! what a blast from the past!! i can not wait to see him on screen!


  17. janet says:

    Guess I will watch for a while .At least till Dixie eats the show Can’t stand the actress and character. Now Billy Clyde was a nice or not so nice change for soap characters. He certainly made me laugh. I watched the first week ,and surprise I did like the show. Hadn’t watched for years when they made Babe and Bianca best friend when they kept Miranda from her and they made JR the bad guy. Turned it off,.


  18. Jewell says:

    I’m so beyond excited! Matthew is a brilliant actor and he plays such a great villain.


  19. Jen says:

    So, so, so THRILLED!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for this for YEARS!


  20. jas says:

    Well Johnny, you just said a mouthful! They are really reaching for it indeed. This is positively the most vile, horrid looking person on the planet to have to look at. I cannot come up with enough bad things to say about this man and his character of Billy Clyde. My jaw dropped when I read they have pulled him in to this mess. But what really floored me about this guy is that he is, in real life, married to one of my absolute favorite actresses, a gorgeous, multi-talented lady all rolled up into a gem of an actress. And when I found that out some years ago, I think I fell off the sofa. What she ever (and apparently still does) sees and saw in him in the first place is one of life’s great mysteries for me. Talk about Yin and Yang. He’s not even qualified for yin or yang. Proves the old saying, ‘there’s no accounting for taste’. His wiki is pretty slim and I suspect there is good reason why. But, as I said.
    Now for Michael Nader. When Oprah did a show on Erica’s ex’s, he was on it. When he smiled, he had teeth missing. Now, to add to that, he is bald and wrinkled. Pretty picture that conjurs up, huh? Brother, this is going to be one lovely cast. Goodby to the days of saying that people watched soaps to escape to the world of “pretty people” to get away from everyday life. Welcome, soon it will really be everyday life!!!


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