Richard Lynch

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Richard Lynch
Richard Hugh Lynch

(1940-02-12)February 12, 1940
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
DiedJune 19, 2012(2012-06-19) (aged 72)
Other namesRichard H. Lynch
Alma materThe Actors Studio,
HB Studio
Years active1967–2012
Spouse(s)Béatrix Lynch (divorced)
Lily Lynch
RelativesBarry Lynch (brother)
AwardsSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actor (1982)

Richard 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, and Halloween. He 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, Baretta, T. J. Hooker, Blue Thunder, Airwolf, The A-Team, The Fall Guy, Charmed, Vega$, Murder She Wrote, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Early life and career[edit]

Richard Hugh Lynch was born on February 12, 1940[1][2] (sometimes incorrectly cited as 1936) in Brooklyn, New York City to Catholic parents of Irish descent. Richard Lynch served in the United States Marine Corps for four years.[2] His younger brother is actor Barry Lynch.[citation needed]

Lynch's distinct scarred appearance made him a popular nemesis, and he can be seen in more than 160 film and television performances. The scars came from a 1967 incident in New York's Central Park in which, under the influence of drugs, he set himself on fire, burning more than 70% of his body.[3] He spent a year in recovery, gave up drug use and ultimately began training at The Actors Studio and at the HB Studio. In 1970, he co-starred with Robert De Niro, Sally Kirkland and Diane Ladd in the short-lived off-Broadway play One Night Stands of a Noisy Passenger, written by Shelley Winters.[4] He often played a villain in features, including Scarecrow, which marked his film debut, The Seven-Ups, Bad Dreams, The Sword and the Sorcerer, 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.[5] 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.[6][7] Lynch starred alongside Judson Scott in the 1982 short-lived science fiction TV series The Phoenix.

In addition to acting, Lynch was a musician, and he played the saxophone, guitar, piano, and flute. 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 appeared 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 played a Vietnam veteran who used a wheelchair, and was nominated for a Tony in 1977.

Through the years, Lynch worked with friend and colleague Don Calfa in the films Necronomicon (1993), Toughguy (1995), Corpses Are Forever (2003), and Lewisburg (2009).

Later life and death[edit]

Lynch married twice — once to Béatrix Lynch (their son Christopher died in 2005 from pneumonia), and later to Lily Lynch.[8]

Lynch's 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 June 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.[9][10] The cause of death was given as a heart attack.[1] He was survived by his brother Barry and two sisters, Carole Taylor and Cathy Jones.[2] Some news reports following his death incorrectly identified his birth year as 1936, but the obituary in the Los Angeles Times published by his family correctly listed the year as 1940.[2]



  • 1973 Scarecrow as Riley
  • 1973 The Seven-Ups as Moon
  • 1974 Open Season as Art [11]
  • 1975 The Happy Hooker as The Cop
  • 1976 The Premonition as Jude
  • 1976 God Told Me To as Bernard Phillips
  • 1977 The Baron as Joey
  • 1977 Stunts as Pete Lustig
  • 1978 Deathsport as Ankar Moor
  • 1979 Steel as Dancer
  • 1979 Delta Fox as David 'Delta' Fox
  • 1979 Vampire as Prince Anton Voytek
  • 1980 The Ninth Configuration as Richard, 2nd Cyclist
  • 1980 The Formula as General Helmut Kladen / Frank Tedesco
  • 1981 Sizzle as Johnny O'Brien
  • 1982 The Sword and the Sorcerer as Titus Cromwell
  • 1984 Treasure: In Search of the Golden Horse as Narrator (voice)
  • 1985 Cut and Run as Colonel Brian Horne
  • 1985 Invasion U.S.A. as Mikhail Rostov
  • 1985 Savage Dawn as Reverend Romano
  • 1987 The Barbarians as Kadar
  • 1987 Nightforce as Bishop
  • 1988 Little Nikita as Scuba
  • 1988 Bad Dreams as Franklin Harris
  • 1989 One Man Force as Adams
  • 1989 High Stakes as 'Slim'
  • 1990 The Forbidden Dance as Benjamin Maxwell
  • 1990 Aftershock as Commander Eastern
  • 1990 Return to Justice as Sheriff Jethro Lincoln
  • 1990 Invasion Force as Michael Cooper
  • 1990 Lockdown as James Garrett
  • 1991 Alligator II: The Mutation as 'Hawk' Hawkins
  • 1991 Trancers II as Dr. E.D. Wardo
  • 1991 The Last Hero as Montoro
  • 1991 Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge as Major Kraus
  • 1992 Maximum Force as Max Tanabe
  • 1982 Inside Edge as Mario Gio
  • 1992 Double Threat as Detective Robert Fenich
  • 1993 Merlin as Pendragon
  • 1993 H.P. Lovecraft's: Necronomicon as Jethro De Lapoer (part 1)
  • 1994 Scanner Cop as Karl Glock
  • 1994 Cyborg 3: The Recycler as Anton Lewellyn
  • 1994 Midnight Confessions as Detective Harris
  • 1994 Dangerous Waters as Admiral
  • 1994 Death Match as Jimmie Fratello
  • 1994 Loving Deadly as Dr. Mel
  • 1995 Terrified as Office Worker #2
  • 1995 Dragon Fury
  • 1995 Terminal Virus as Calloway
  • 1995 Warrior of Justice as Doug 'The Master'
  • 1995 Takedown
  • 1995 Destination Vegas as Richard
  • 1996 Werewolf as Noel
  • 1996 Lone Tiger as Bruce Rossner
  • 1996 Total Force as Dr. Edmund Wellington
  • 1996 Diamond Run as Sloan
  • 1996 Vendetta as Dr. David Wilson
  • 1996 The Garbage Man
  • 1997 Under Oath as Daniel Saltarelli
  • 1997 Ground Rules
  • 1997 Divine Lovers as Gregory
  • 1998 Shattered Illusions as Sal
  • 1998 Armstrong as Colonel Vladimir Zukov
  • 1998 Love and War II
  • 1999 Lima: Breaking the Silence as James Gallagher, Ambassador of Ireland
  • 1999 Eastside as Mihalas Gabriel
  • 1999 Enemy Action as Dimitri
  • 2001 Death Game as Chief Canton
  • 2001 Ankle Bracelet as Jerry
  • 2002 Outta Time as Franco
  • 2002 Crime and Punishment as Peter Luzhin, Dunia's Suitor
  • 2002 Curse of the Forty-Niner as Old Man Prichard
  • 2003 Fabulous Shiksa in Distress as The Messenger (uncredited)
  • 2003 Ancient Warriors as Curtis Mayhew
  • 2003 The Mummy's Kiss as Dr. Wallis Harwa
  • 2003 Final Combat
  • 2003 Corpses Are Forever as General Morton
  • 2005 The Great Wall of Magellon as Old Akillian
  • 2006 Wedding Slashers as Daddy
  • 2007 Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy as The President of the United States
  • 2007 Halloween as Principal Chambers
  • 2009 Dark Fields as Karl Lumis / Mr. Jones
  • 2009 Chrome Angels as Uncle Ted
  • 2009 The Rain as Karl Lumis
  • 2010 Resurrection as The President
  • 2011 Gun of the Black Sun as Damian Lupescu
  • 2012 The Lords of Salem as Reverend Jonathan Hawthorne (scenes deleted) (Due to poor health, Lynch was replaced by Andrew Prine during early stages of filming.)[12]




  1. ^ a b "PASSINGS: Richard Lynch". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Richard Lynch obituary". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  3. ^ "Lynch Got Second Chance". Times Daily (Florence, Alabama). March 17, 1971. Archived from the original on May 7, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "One Night Stands of a Noisy Passenger - Lortel Archives". Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "Past Saturn Awards". Saturn Awards. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010. Retrieved February 5, 2008 – via
  6. ^ Gibron, Bill (October 23, 2008). "Mil Mascaras: Resurrection (2007)". PopMatters. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Simpson, MJ. "Mil Mascaras: Resurrection". Archived from the original on January 23, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  8. ^ "Actor Richard Lynch dies at 76". Variety. Associated Press. June 20, 2012. Archived from the original on July 14, 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  9. ^ ""Halloween" actor Richard Lynch dies aged 76". Reuters. June 21, 2012.
  10. ^ "Actor Richard Lynch dies at 76". Variety. June 20, 2012.
  11. ^ "Richard Lynch (1940-2012)". IMDB. 1990–2023. Retrieved November 26, 2023.
  12. ^ "Interview: Rob Zombie talks The Lords of Salem". Daily Dead. Archived from the original on March 19, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013.

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