Fowkes made his Broadway debut in the 1958 comedy Howie and his subsequent Broadway appearances include Minor Miracle (1965) and All the Girls Came Out to Play (1972). His television credits include many episodes of the series Dark Shadows as attorney Frank Garner, as well as appearances on various soap operas including As the World Turns.
He was elected to Equity's Council in 1973, and served as the organization's Secretary/Treasurer beginning in 1988 and until May of this year. In June, he received Equity's 2009 Patrick Quinn Award, which recognizes and rewards those who give of themselves to improve the lives of actors.
Fowkes is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Hernly; his daughters, Cly, Amy, and Katherine; his grandson, Matteo Neri; and a sister, Diane Zellers.