Tom Towles played Otis Toole in the Horror classic, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer; the asshole dad in the awesome 1990 Night of the Living Dead remake; he had roles in the three best Rob Zombie movies (Corpses, Rejects, and Halloween); not to mention about 50 or so other movies and TV shows of varying tastes.
And he was great in all of them.
It hurts when someone who has entertained us dies, not because movies are so important, but because art, and more importantly, artists, touch our lives. What we see, hear, and read resonates with us on a personal level, and no matter how deep or shallow those levels are, we are changed because of them.
Entertainers are also people with family and friends who love them, and so we see a bit of ourselves in them as well. When they die, it hurts. Not because we're delusional, and think that they were our friends, but because we're human, and as much as they touched our lives with their art, we would have really liked it if they were.
Were sure that Tom Towles touched many lives around him, but for us, we will celebrate the fact that he entertained us with his creative talent, and somehow, in some small way, changed us for the better.
Sleep well, sweet prince, and thank you for sharing a part of yourself with us.