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Published on Jun 21, 2012

Richard Hugh Lynch (February 12, 1940 -- June 19, 2012) was an American actor best known for portraying villains in films and television. 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, The A-Team, Charmed and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Lynch served in the United States Marine Corps from 1956-1960.Early life and career

Richard Lynch was born on February 12, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York to Irish Catholic parents. His brother is actor Barry Lynch. 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 while on an LSD trip.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3][4] 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).Later life and death

Lynch had married twice — once to Beatrix Lynch, with whom he had son Christopher who died in 2005 from pneumonia, and later to Lily Lynch, with whom he remained until his death. His body was found in his home in Yucca Valley, California on June 19, 2012. Details of his death are currently unknown. [5] He was 76. At the time of his death, Lynch was survived by his brother Barry and his wife Lily.Filmography Scarecrow (1973) The Seven-Ups (1973) The Happy Hooker (1975) God Told Me To (1976) Battlestar Galactica episode "Gun on Ice Planet Zero" (1978) Deathsport (1978) Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) Charlie's Angels, "Angels on the Street" (1979) Vampire (1979) Galactica 1980 (1980) 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) Bad Dreams (1988) Little Nikita (1988) Hunter (U.S. TV series) Episode The Legion (1989) The Forbidden Dance (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)


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