Tom Towles, a character actor beloved by horror fans for his roles in Rob Zombie films and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, has died at age 65.
The news of his death was announced Sunday via Zombie’s Facebook page. “I just got word that our buddy Tom Towles has died,” he wrote. “He was such a great guy and I am so grateful that we got to work together several times. He will be really missed.”
No other details were available.
Towles starred as Harry Cooper, one of the survivors trapped in the farmhouse in the 1990 Tom Savini remake of Night of the Living Dead. 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. Towles’ performance is chilling and makes Rooker’s Henry an almost sympathetic character.
Towles was a repeat player in Rob Zombie’s films. He first portrayed the doomed Lieutenant George Wydell in Zombie’s first feature, House of 1000 Corpses. He returned for the pseudo-sequel to that film, The Devil’s Rejects, along with Zombie’s reboot of John Carpenter’s Halloween and the Werewolf Women of the S.S. segment of Grindhouse.
In addition, Towles was in a number of other horror films and action films including The Rock and Miami Vice. On television, Towles guest-starred on Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Firefly.