Actor Richard Lynch, known for mostly playing villains in sci-fi and horror genre films, was found dead on June 19th in his Palm Springs home at age 76.
His career spanned four decades and appeared in William Peter Blatty’s The Ninth Configuration, Invasion U.S.A. starring Chuck Norris, Little Nikita, and played opposite Sidney Poitier, in the horror thriller Bad Dreams. He first appeared in the movie Scarecrow, which won the Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973. He followed his debut with roles in such films as the gritty police drama The Seven-Ups and The Happy Hooker.
Remarkably, Richard Lynch was featured in three iterations of Battlestar Galactica, playing three separate roles. He played the character Wolfe on the original 1978 BSG, the character Xaviar in BSG 1980 and the character Count Iblis in the BSG short film “The Second Coming” in 1999. It’s surprising Ronald D. Moore didn’t cast him as a guest star on the latest version of Battlestar Galactica in the mid-2000s.
Lynch won a Saturn Award for best actor from the Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy for his performance as the evil Cromwell in the fantasy film The Sword and the Sorcerer.
He also worked a very long career in TV appearing in series like Baretta, Police Woman, The Streets of San Francisco, Vegas, The A-Team, Airwolf, Hunter, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Six Feet Under.
Writer/director Rob Zombie wrote on his Facebook after learning about Lynch’s death,
“I woke up this morning to the news that our friend Richard Lynch has passed away,” Zombie continues. “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!”
Lynch played Michael Myers’ principal, Principal Chambers, in the 2007 Halloween reboot.