ByMichelle Siouty, writer at

Tom Towles, a character actor who was known to be in mainly horror films, such as House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Reject, sadly passed away on Sunday, April 5th in a hospital in Florida.

Following his death, Rob Zombie, who had directed him in the aforementioned films, released this statement on his twitter page:

Rob Zombie's latest two Instagram photos are nods to Tom, the latest of which can be seen below:

Towles was first in the U.S. Marines, but then later attended Columbia College in Chicago where he studied the art of theatre.

Although Towles is most known for his role as Otis, the drug dealer friend of Henry in the film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, he also acted in such films as Night of the Living Dead, Fortress, Blood in Blood Out, House of 1000 Corpses, Mad Dog and Glory, and The Devil's Rejects. He can also be seen in the 2006 version of Miami Vice as well as a small cameo in Werewolf Women of the SS in Tarantino and Rodriguez's Grindhouse fake trailers.

Towles in Star Trek as Doctor Vatm
Towles in Star Trek as Doctor Vatm

His TV credits include NYPD Blue, L.A Law, ER, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Seinfeld, and Firefly.

Check him out below in this clip from Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer:

Tom Towles passed away at the age of 65 in a hospital in Florida. He had suffered a stroke a mere four days prior. Although Towles is no longer with us, his memory lives on through the phenomenal films and TV shows in which he has graced us with his many characters.


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