Richard Lynch

For other people named Richard Lynch, see Richard Lynch (disambiguation).
Richard Lynch
Born Richard Hugh Lynch
(1940-02-12)February 12, 1940
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died June 19, 2012(2012-06-19) (aged 72)
Yucca Valley, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Nationality American
Other names Richard H. Lynch
Alma mater The Actors Studio,
HB Studio
Occupation Actor
Years active 1967 2012
Known for Wolfe, Commander Xaviar
Spouse(s) Béatrix Lynch
(19??-19??; divorced); 1 child
Lily Lynch (?-?)
Children With Béatrix:
Christopher Lynch (deceased)
Family Barry Lynch (brother)
Awards Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor (1982)

Richard Lynch (February 12, 1940 June 19, 2012) was an Irish-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, Charmed and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Early life and career

Richard Hugh Lynch was born on February 12, 1940[1][2] (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 for four years.[2]

Lynch's distinct scarred appearance made him a popular nemesis, and he can be seen in more than 100 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 percent of his body.[3] He spent a year in recovery, quit drugs and ultimately began training at The Actors Studio and at the HB Studio. 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.[4] 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.[5][6] 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[7] He was survived by his brother, Barry, and two sisters, Carole Taylor and Cathy Jones.[2] 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.[2]



Feature films




Patrick Loubatière. Richard Lynch Forever (2013).


  1. "PASSINGS: Richard Lynch". Obituaries. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Richard Lynch obituary". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  3. "Lynch Got Second Chance". Times Daily (Florence, Alabama). March 17, 1971.
  4. Saturn Awards official site; retrieved February 5, 2008
  5. "PopMatters".
  6. "mjsimpson".
  7. "'Halloween,' 'Battlestar Galactica' actor Richard Lynch dies at 76",; accessed April 18, 2015.
  8. "Interview: Rob Zombie talks The Lords of Salem". Daily Dead. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
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