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Actor Known for Playing Horror and Sci-Fi Villains Dies

Jun 21, 2012  •  Post A Comment

An actor with a long string of television and film credits, known especially for his work in horror and science fiction, has died, Reuters reports.

Richard Lynch, known for playing villains and for his scarred face, was 76. Lynch’s TV credits included appearances on “Battlestar Galactica,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “The A-Team,” among many others. He also played villains on the big screen, including in the 1973 movie “Scarecrow” and in the 2007 installment of “Halloween.”

Lynch’s body was discovered by one of his friends, who stopped by his Palm Springs, Calif., house after not hearing from him in days, the story says. She found Lynch lying on the kitchen floor, "cold and lifeless," according to his representative.

His body was sent directly to a funeral home and no investigation is being held, his rep said.

Lynch’s face was scarred in 1967 when he took LSD and set himself on fire, which he openly spoke about in the documentary film "LSD: The Trip to Where?"

Lynch won a Saturn Award in 1982 for best supporting actor for his performance as the evil King Cromwell in “The Sword and the Sorcerer.”

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