Palying Villanous Characters
Richard Lynch, best known for portraying villains in films and television (including Halloween, Battle Star Galactica, and Star Tek) has passed away at age 76.
Lynch was found in his home in Palm Springs, California on June 19, 2012. After not having heard from Lynch for several days, friend and actress Carol Vogel went to his home to find the door open and his body in his kitchen. She then called 911 He was survived by his brother Barry.
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Richard Lynch was born in 1936 in Brooklyn, New York to Irish Catholic parents. His brother is actor Barry Lynch. Lynch served in the United States Marine Corps from 1956-1960.
Lynch was trained at The Actors Studio and at the HB Studios. Lynch's distinct scarred appearance has made him a popular nemesis, in over 100 film and TV performances. The scars came from a 1967 incident in New York's Central Park in which he set himself on fire.
He often played a heavy in features, including Scarecrow, which marked his film debut, The Seven-Ups, Bad Dreams, and Little Nikita. In 1982, Lynch won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the evil King Cromwell in The Sword and the Sorcerer. Although Richard Lynch is best known for playing villains, he was cast as the President of the United States in the 2007 film Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy. Lynch starred along side Judson Scott in the 1982 short-lived science fiction TV series The Phoenix.
In addition to acting, Lynch was also a musician and played the saxophone, guitar, piano, and flute. He also enjoyed fishing, poetry, and architecture. He held Irish citizenship through his Irish born parents and was a frequent visitor to Ireland. His brother Barry Lynch is also an actor; the two starred together in the films Nightforce and Total Force. Lynch's wife Lily starred with him in the 1998 film Breaking the Silence and son Christopher Lynch starred with him in the science fiction film Trancers II.
Through the years, Lynch worked with old friend and colleague Don Calfa in the films Necronomicon (1993), Toughguy (1995), Corpses Are Forever (2003), and Lewisburg (2009).