head
head head head
Home Contact RSS Feed
News   •   Features   •   Reviews   •   Podcasts   •   Contests   •   Contact Us   •   About Us
Confirmed: Actor Richard Lynch Dies At Age 76
BAADASSSSS!   |  

Richard Lynch

Updated: 6/21/2012: Yahoo! has confirmed the news of Lynch’s passing. See update below.

This has yet to be confirmed, but I have received word from several notable sources that veteran actor Richard Lynch, best known for playing a wide array of heinous villains in a film and television career spanning nearly four decades, has died at the age of 76. At the moment there are no details as to the cause of his death, but we will keep you updated as we get information.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Lynch was born on February 12, 1936, as one of seven children in his family. Beginning in 1958 Lynch served in the United States Marine Corps for four years, ending his military career at the rank of Corporal. Following his stint in the Marines, Lynch returned to New York to study acting under the legendary acting teachers Uta Hagen and Lee Strasberg. He became a lifetime member of the prestigious Actors Studio in 1970 and had appeared in many stage productions on and off Broadway, including William Shakespeare’s Richard III and Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. Lynch made his feature acting debut in 1973′s Scarecrow alongside Gene Hackman and Al Pacino. Throughout the 1970′s the actor built up his resume with appearances in films like The Seven-Ups, The Happy Hooker, God Told Me To, and Deathsport and television shows such as Starsky and Hutch, Battlestar Galactica, and Buck Rogers.

Lynch was often cast as heavies due to his distinctive face, which was scarred as a result of the actor setting himself on fire accidentally while tripping on LSD in New York’s Central Park in 1967. For the remainder of his career he would continue to appear in numerous low-budget sci-fi, horror, and action movies. In 1979, Lynch played the title role in the well-received TV movie Vampire, which had been intended to be a pilot for a weekly series that was picked up. It was a rare leading role for the actor. The next three decades would bring more villain roles for Richard Lynch including William Peter Blatty’s brilliant insane asylum satire The Ninth Configuration, Albert Pyun’s action-fantasy cult classic The Sword and the Sorcerer, the Chuck Norris Commie-basher Invasion U.S.A., and the psychological horror Bad Dreams. He also played Sidney Poitier’s corrupt FBI partner in the spy drama Little Nikita. Throughout the 90s and 00s he took on major and minor roles in several low-grade genre movies; one of the highlights from this period was the Mystery Science Theater 3000 classic Werewolf.

Towards the end of his life Lynch made a brief appearance as Michael Myers’ school principal in Rob Zombie’s controversial remake of Halloween and most recently reunited with the director for the upcoming horror feature The Lords of Salem. He had also become a fixture on the horror convention circuit and delighted in regaling fans with colorful anecdotes from his long and storied acting career.

Regardless of the quality of the film Richard Lynch always brought his A-game to every role and usually stole his every scene. He was an actor with genuine screen presence. Needless to say the man will be sorely missed.

RIP – Richard Lynch
1936 – 2012

UPDATE: 6/21/2012: We reported this story on 6/19; on 6/20 Yahoo! confirmed the report. According to their report, Lynch’s body was found on Tuesday 6/19 at his home in Palm Springs, CA by Lynch’s friend, actress Carol Vogel. Vogel found him on his kitchen floor. No investigation will be done, as Lynch’s body was sent right to a funeral home.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LO4ZDTN66EXYUMA2GEFAG44G3Q Anonymous

    WHY POST UNCONFIRMED NEWS?

  • Verdade

    Richard was born in 1940, NOT 1936, and unfortunately he did die on Monday, yesterday, at the age of 72. Wikipedia has it wrong, I assure you.

  • Verdade

     I can, unfortunately, confirm it. Richard did die on Monday June 19, yesterday, He was born in 1940, and Wikipedia has that wrong. He was one of 6 children, not 7, as another site posts. He has 3 surviving siblings, and everyone will surely miss him.

  • Tinker_Nosey_Parker_Soldierspy

    RIP.

Previous Article
Next Article
«
»
Around the Web
Geeks of Doom on Instagram Follow Geeks of Doom on Tumblr
Geeks of Doom on YouTube Geeks of Doom on Pinterest
Geeks of Doom Email Digest Geeks of Doom RSS Feed
Google
Amazon.com
Check out all of our current contests listings
Check out all of our current contests listings
space
space
The Drill Down Podcast TARDISblend Podcast Skull-Face Island Movie Podcast
BlendoveR
Get Geeks of Doom Gear on CafePress
BlendoveR   ·   Cinema Blend   ·   Collider   ·   Film School Rejects   ·   First Showing   ·   io9   ·   Latino Review   ·   Screen Rant   ·   Slashfilm   ·   The Mary Sue
2520 Clothing Company
Animated  ·  Apps  ·  Art  ·  Best-Sellers  ·  Bits of Doom  ·  Blog  ·  Blu-ray  ·  Book of Geek  ·  Books  ·  Cartoons  ·  Celebrity  ·  Charity  ·  Collectibles  ·  Comics  ·  Computers  ·  Contests  ·  Conventions  ·  Deals  ·  DIY  ·  Documentary  ·  Doom Deliveries  ·  DVDs  ·  Electronics  ·  Environment  ·  Fanatic  ·  Features  ·  Gadgets  ·  Games  ·  Gear  ·  Geek Finds  ·  Geek Girls  ·  Gift Guide  ·  Holidays  ·  Humor  ·  Interviews  ·  Movies  ·  Music  ·  News  ·  News Bytes  ·  Obit  ·  Photos  ·  Podcasts  ·  Politics  ·  Poll  ·  Press Releases  ·  Recaps  ·  Reviews  ·  Rumors  ·  Science  ·  Software  ·  Sports  ·  Technology  ·  Television  ·  Theater  ·  Theme Parks  ·  Trailers  ·  Travel  ·  Video Games  ·  Videos  ·  Web Games  ·  Week of Geek  ·  Zombie Round-Up
space
January 2014  ·   December 2013  ·   November 2013  ·   October 2013  ·   September 2013  ·   August 2013  ·   July 2013  ·   June 2013  ·   May 2013  ·   April 2013  ·   March 2013  ·   February 2013  ·   January 2013  ·   December 2012  ·   November 2012  ·   October 2012  ·   September 2012  ·   August 2012  ·   July 2012  ·   June 2012  ·   May 2012  ·   April 2012  ·   March 2012  ·   February 2012  ·   January 2012  ·   December 2011  ·   November 2011  ·   October 2011  ·   September 2011  ·   August 2011  ·   July 2011  ·   June 2011  ·   May 2011  ·   April 2011  ·   March 2011  ·   February 2011  ·   January 2011  ·   December 2010  ·   November 2010  ·   Octber 2010  ·   September 2010  ·   August 2010  ·   July 2010  ·   June 2010  ·   May 2010  ·   April 2010  ·   March 2010  ·   February 2010  ·   January 2010  ·   December 2009  ·   November 2009  ·   Octber 2009  ·   September 2009  ·   August 2009  ·   July 2009  ·   June 2009  ·   May 2009  ·   April 2009  ·   March 2009  ·   February 2009  ·   January 2009  ·   December 2008  ·   November 2008  ·   Octber 2008  ·   September 2008  ·   August 2008  ·   July 2008  ·   June 2008  ·   May 2008  ·   April 2008  ·   March 2008  ·   February 2008  ·   January 2008  ·   December 2007  ·   November 2007  ·   Octber 2007  ·   September 2007  ·   August 2007  ·   July 2007  ·   June 2007  ·   May 2007  ·   April 2007  ·   March 2007  ·   February 2007  ·   January 2007  ·   December 2006  ·   November 2006  ·   Octber 2006  ·   September 2006  ·   August 2006  ·   July 2006  ·   June 2006  ·   May 2006  ·   April 2006  ·   March 2006
space
Creative Commons License
This website is licensed under
a Creative Commons License.
space
Geeks of Doom is proudly powered by WordPress.

Students of the Unusual™ comic cover used with permission of 3BoysProductions
The Mercuri Bros.™ comic cover used with permission of Prodigal Son Press

Geeks of Doom is designed and maintained by our geeky webmaster
All original content copyright ©2005-2014 Geeks of Doom
All external content copyright of its respective owner, except where noted

Privacy Policy | Contact
space
space