Actor Richard Lynch, made famous for his roles in various sci-fi and horror movies has passed away at the age of 76. His representative confirmed Lynch’s death to Fox411.com.
Lynch’s spokesman, Mike Baronas told Fox411 in a statement,
“It’s with deep sorrow that I learned last night that my client and friend Richard Lynch was found dead at his home in Palm Springs, CA,”
Lynch was typecasted early in his career playing the role of villains and the nemeses of good because of his creepy demeanor. Part of that look was due to scarring from 1967 when he set himself on fire while taking LSD. It became part of his signature look.
Lynch appeared in more than 100 films and televisions series including, Scarecrow, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Battlestar Galactica and The A-Team.
Actress Carol Vogel found Lynch’s body according to Baronas. She had not heard from Lynch in a few days and stopped by his house to make sure he was alright. She found the door opened and him dead on the floor.
“When she entered, she discovered him lying on the kitchen floor. She proceeded to call 911 although his body was cold and lifeless. From what I currently understand, no investigation into the cause of his death will be made as his body was sent directly to a funeral home,”
Lynch’s last role was in Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem. Zombie said on his Facebook page following hearing of Lynch’s passing,
“I woke up this morning to the news that our friend Richard Lynch has passed away. 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! He dove right into his role of Principle Chambers at top volume. He will be missed.”