American actor Richard Lynch has passed away aged 76. A staple of several Hollywood horror movies, Lynch took on a number of villainous roles; his scarred face being a regular and recognisable feature of the horror and sci-fi scenes.
The Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek: The Next Generation actor’s body was discovered by a friend, actress Carol Vogel, on Tuesday June 19 in his Palm Springs home.
Born in New York in 1936, Lynch would go on to star as a popular nemesis in numerous projects, noted for his villainous performances in over 100 films and TV episodes.
An ex-marine, Lynch was also a gifted musician. He played the saxophone, guitar, piano, and flute.
Lynch enjoyed a long and distinguished acting career that stretched four decades. Trained at the HB Studios, as well as The Actors Studio, Lynch appeared in a long list of cult movies and TV shows, including Scarecrow, Little Nikita, The A-Team and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Survived by his second wife, Lily Lynch, and brother, Barry Lynch, the 76 year old’s last role was in Rob Zombie‘s upcoming film, The Lords of Salem. The director took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to Lynch;
“Richard was great to work with and really gave it his all… I will never forget the way he scared the crap out of the kid actors in HALLOWEEN. As soon as I said action! He dove in his role of Principle Chambers [from Zombie's 2007 Halloween film remake] at top volume,” recalls Zombie. “He will be missed.”