|Born||Richard Hugh Lynch
February 12, 1940
Brooklyn, New York
|Died||June 19, 2012
Yucca Valley, California
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Other names||Richard H. Lynch|
|Alma mater||The Actors Studio,
|Years active||1967 – 2012|
|Known for||Wolfe, Commander Xaviar|
|Notable work(s)||Battlestar Galactica, Galactica 1980, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Starsky and Hutch, Blue Thunder (TV series), Airwolf, T. J. Hooker, The A-Team, Charmed, Halloween|
(? – ?; divorced),
(? – ?)
Christopher Lynch (deceased)
|Family||Barry Lynch (brother)|
|Awards||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor (1982)|
Richard Hugh Lynch (February 12, 1940 – June 19, 2012) was an American actor best known for portraying villains in films and television. His film credits included The Sword and the Sorcerer, Invasion USA, The Seven-Ups, Scarecrow, Little Nikita, Bad Dreams, God Told Me To, Puppet Master 3, Trancers 2, Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween, and most recently Zombie's Lords of Salem (although, his ill-health obligated his being replaced by Andrew Prine). He often appeared in science fiction productions, including Battlestar Galactica (as Wolfe) and its sequel series Galactica 1980 (as Commander Xaviar). He also appeared in such shows as Starsky and Hutch, T. J. Hooker, Blue Thunder (TV series), Airwolf, The A-Team, Charmed and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was of Irish descent.
Early life and career
Richard Lynch was born on February 12, 1940 (sometimes incorrectly cited as 1936) in Brooklyn, New York to Irish Catholic parents. His younger brother is actor Barry Lynch. Lynch served in the United States Marine Corps.
Lynch trained at The Actors Studio and at the HB Studios. Lynch's distinct scarred appearance made him a popular nemesis, and he can be seen in more than 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 alongside 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. He starred together with brother Barry in the films Nightforce and Total Force. Lynch's wife Lily starred with him in the film Breaking the Silence (1998) and son Christopher Lynch starred with him in the science fiction film Trancers II. In 1977, Richard Lynch shared the stage with actor Al Pacino, a close friend, in the Broadway play, "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel." Lynch's portrayal of the wheelchair bound Vietnam Vet garnered him a Tony nomination in 1977.
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).
Later life and death
Lynch married twice — once to Béatrix Lynch (their son Christopher died in 2005 from pneumonia), and later to Lily Lynch. His body was found in his home in Yucca Valley, California on June 19, 2012. It is not known if Lynch died on June 18 or 19. 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, and two sisters, Carole Taylor and Cathy Jones. News reports following his death incorrectly identified his birth year as 1936, but the LA Times obituary published by his family correctly listed the year as 1940.
- Scarecrow (1973)
- The Seven-Ups (1973)
- Starsky & Hutch (1974)
- The Happy Hooker (1975)
- God Told Me To (1976)
- Battlestar Galactica episode "Gun on Ice Planet Zero" (1978)
- Deathsport (1978)
- Vega$ (TV series) "Kill Dan Tanna" (1978)
- Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
- Charlie's Angels, "Angels on the Street" (1979)
- Delta Fox (1979)
- Vampire (1979)
- Galactica 1980 (1980)
- Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980) (TV)
- The Formula (1980)
- The Ninth Configuration (1980)
- The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)
- Treasure: In Search of the Golden Horse (1984)
- Blue Thunder (TV series) (1984)
- Airwolf (TV series) Episode The Horn of Plenty (1985)
- Savage Dawn (1985)
- Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
- Nightforce (1987)
- The Barbarians (1987)
- Werewolf (1987)
- Bad Dreams (1988)
- Little Nikita (1988)
- Hunter (U.S. TV series) Episode The Legion (1989)
- The Forbidden Dance (1990)
- Aftershock (1990)
- Super Force (1991)
- Alligator II: The Mutation (1991)
- Trancers II (1991)
- Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991)
- Maximum Force (1992)
- Inside Edge (1992)
- Merlin (1992)
- Double Threat (1993)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Gambit (1993)
- Cyborg 3: The Recycler (1994)
- Scanner Cop (1994)
- Highlander: The Series (1995)
- Terminal Virus (1995)
- Werewolf (1996)
- Vendetta (1996)
- Total Force (1997)
- Ground Rules (1997)
- Breaking the Silence (1999)
- Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming (1999)
- Death Game (2001)
- Crime and Punishment (2002)
- Final Combat (2003)
- Curse of the Forty-Niner (2003)
- The Great Wall of Magellon (2005)
- Wedding Slashers (2006)
- Halloween (2007)
- Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy (2007)
- Gun of the Black Sun (2011)
- The Lords of Salem (2012) Due to poor health, Lynch was replaced by Andrew Prine during early stages of filming.
- "PASSINGS: Richard Lynch". Obituaries. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "Richard Lynch Obituary". Legacy.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "Lynch Got Second Chance". Times Daily. March 17, 1971.
- Saturn Awards official site, retrieved February 5, 2008
- 'Halloween,' 'Battlestar Galactica' actor Richard Lynch dies at 76
- "Interview: Rob Zombie talks The Lords of Salem". Daily Dead. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
- Richard Lynch Biography (1936-)
- Richard Lynch at the Internet Movie Database
- Richard Lynch at AllRovi
- "Richard Lynch, Who Played Bad Guys, Dies at 76". New York Times. June 20, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- Richard Lynch at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)