'He will be missed': Rob Zombie announces that indie horror actor Tom Towles has passed away at the age 65  

Indie horror actor Tom Towles has passed away at the age of 65.

His passing was announced by Rob Zombie, who directed the late actor in several projects.

Zombie, 50, wrote on Facebook on Sunday: 'I just got word that our buddy Tom Towles has died. 

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Rest in peace: Tom Towles, pictured as Lieutenant George Wydell in Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses, has passed away at age 65

Rest in peace: Tom Towles, pictured as Lieutenant George Wydell in Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses, has passed away at age 65

Penchant for horror: Horror fans may know Tom from his role as Lieutenant George Wydell in Zombie's critically panned 2003 film House Of 1000 Corpses and the 2005 sequel, The Devil's Rejects

Penchant for horror: Horror fans may know Tom from his role as Lieutenant George Wydell in Zombie's critically panned 2003 film House Of 1000 Corpses and the 2005 sequel, The Devil's Rejects

'He was such a great guy and I am so grateful that we got to work together several times. He will be really missed.'

Horror fans may know Tom from his role as Lieutenant George Wydell in Zombie's critically panned 2003 film House Of 1000 Corpses, which famed film critic Roger Ebert called a 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre wannabe.'

Tom reprised his character in the 2005 sequel, The Devil's Rejects, which was seen as an improvement, but sickening in its gory material. 

Tom's friend: Musician and director Zombie, 50, pictured in New York City last October 

Tom's friend: Musician and director Zombie, 50, pictured in New York City last October 

However, Tom may be best known for his role in the 1986 critically lauded horror film, Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, based on the true life serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas.

Tom was featured in one of the lead roles, playing Otis, Henry's (Michael Rooker) roommate and sidekick. Otis was loosely based on the serial killer Ottis Toole.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is seen as one of the most realistic illuminations of the mind of a serial killer.

Getting in character: The late actor (right) pictured as Harry Cooper in 1990 film Night Of The Living dead 

Getting in character: The late actor (right) pictured as Harry Cooper in 1990 film Night Of The Living dead 

Tom's acting ventures weren't limited to horror projects, as he also played a bit role in 2006's Miami Vice, as Coleman, leader of the Miami Aryan Brotherhood, a gang involved in distributing drugs.

Directed by Michael Mann, the film starred Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Justin Theroux, and Gong Li.

According to IMDb, Tom was involved in the Chicago theatre scene for over a decade before transitioning into film and TV.

He started acting after serving in the Marine Corps.

His legacy: Tom (left) may be best known for his role in the 1986 critically lauded horror film, Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, based on the true life serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas

His legacy: Tom (left) may be best known for his role in the 1986 critically lauded horror film, Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, based on the true life serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas

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