is saddened to report the passing of Tom Towles. The veteran character actor, who specialized in portraying burly, creepy bad guys and was a favorite to horror-film fans worldwide, passed away on April 5. He'd ventured into the Star Trek universe with guest-star appearances as the Klingon warrior Hon-Tihl in the Deep Space Nine episode "Dramatis Personae" and as Doctor Vatm, a Nezu astrophysicist, in the Voyager hour "Rise."

In addition to his Star Trek work, Towles' many credits included Dog Day Afternoon, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, the 1990 version of Night of the Living Dead, Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Profiler, Firefly, the William Shatner-directed film Groom Lake, House of 1000 Corpses and the 2007 remake of Halloween.
Towles was 65. Please join in extending our condolences to Towles' family, friends and many fans.
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