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Overview (4)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died in Yucca Valley, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameRichard Hugh Lynch
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Hugh Lynch was born on February 12, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Irish immigrant parents. He was one of seven children. Before starting a career as an actor, he joined the United States Marine Corps in 1958. He served for four years where he made Corporal, and did a tour of the Middle East with the Sixth Fleet. He began his training with Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen at H.B. Studios in New York's Greenwich Village, and later went on to train extensively with Lee Strasberg at Carnegie Hall. In 1970, he became a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and spent years in the New York theater community playing in dozens of on- and off-Broadway productions. The more notable plays were: "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel", "The Lion in Winter", "The Devils", "The Lady from the Sea", "Action", "Live Like Pigs", "Richard III", "Offi on a Tangerine", "A View from the Bridge", "The Man with the Flower in His Mouth", and Shelley Winters' "One Night Stands of a Noisy Passenger".

Lynch made his film debut in the classic film Scarecrow (1973), winner of the Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival. His performance in Scarecrow launched his film career and brought him to Hollywood, where he has worked in film and television for over twenty years. His more prominent film work has been in: The Seven-Ups (1973), Open Season (1974), The Formula (1980), Invasion U.S.A. (1985), Bad Dreams (1988), Little Nikita (1988), Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment (2002), and William Peter Blatty's The Ninth Configuration (1980). His performance as the evil King Cromwell, in the successful fantasy film The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982), won him the Saturn Award for Best Actor from the Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Although best known for playing villains, he was cast as the President of the United States in Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy (2007).

He also starred in numerous television series and Movies of the Week, such as Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980), Sizzle (1981), Vampire (1979), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), Battlestar Galactica (1978), and the Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) two-part episode "Gambit". His work in a variety of independent films has won him a high profile internationally. He has also worked in China, where he played in the first joint production between the Screen Actors' Guild and the People's Republic of China, The Korean Project. In his spare time, Richard enjoys fishing, the arts, architecture, music and poetry. He is also fluent in several languages including German and Italian.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Eilidh Somerville

Spouse (2)

Lily (? - 19 June 2012) ( his death)
Beatrix (? - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Deep gravelly voice
Blonde hair and blue eyes
Often plays sinister villains

Trivia (20)

Plays the flute, piano, guitar and saxophone.
His personal favorite role was in Vampire (1979).
Co-starred with younger brother Barry Lynch in Nightforce (1987) and Total Force (1996).
Co-starred with son Christopher Lynch in Trancers II (1991).
Brother of actor Barry Lynch.
Father of actor Christopher Lynch.
Has dual citizenship (United States and Ireland)
Likes Gospel music.
Speaks five languages fluently: German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Swahili.
In 1967 after taking LSD (acid), he set himself on fire in Central Park behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art near Cleopatra's Needle. After recuperation, he candidly spoke about it in an anti-drug documentary. He made use of his scarred face to play sinister-looking characters in horror films.
Born to Irish parents. Frequently visited his family's native Cork.
Was sharing an apartment with actor Don Calfa at the time of his LSD fueled accident.
Found dead in his home in Palm Springs, California on June 19, 2012 by actress Carol Vogel. She had not heard from him for several days and went to check on him. Finding his front door ajar, she entered and found him on his kitchen floor.
His body was donated to medical science.
Lynch was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Madrid Film Festival.
Lynch was an honorary member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
He is survived by his sisters, Carole J. Taylor and Cathy L. Jones; his brother, Barry J. Lynch. He is predeceased by his son, Christopher Lynch. A memorial service was held at Hollywood Forever Funeral Home on June 24, 2012.
He was awarded the 1983 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor as the evil King Titus Cromwell in The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982).
He served in the United States Marine Corps.
He was a lifetime member of the Actors Studio in New York City.

Personal Quotes (5)

I've always felt like a thoroughbred without the proper track to run on.
[on playing villains] You always got to find the humanity in the character, no matter how bad he is. If you play him on the money, you're in trouble.
[2009 comment on being typecast as villains] Typecasting set in for me the day I beat the shit out of Al Pacino [in Scarecrow (1973)]. Typecasting set in with The Seven-Ups (1973). I could have stopped, but I didn't have much of a choice in that. The parts were presented to me, and I wanted to work as an actor. Most of those parts were the antagonist, so in the end, I established myself as a Hollywood heavy. However, I know other actors who chose not to do something like that, and they have had very marginal careers. I've had a career. I've survived attrition, and I've been able to work for the better part of thirty-five plus years.
[on acting in movies for Ruggero Deodato] Ahh, Ruggero Deodato. Yeah, he's all bullshit. He's a little man, he's short, and he's got a big mouth. But I love Ruggero -- I had more fun working with him than anybody else. I know all about his crassness and his brutality, but you can't let it reach you. He's very talented, and he can be very funny -- you have to have a thick skin with him. He will test your mettle, but when he knows that you know he's bullshitting you ... I had a lot of good times with him.
[on Menahem Golan] He is the supreme bandit of Hollywood. The Godfather of Israel -- any producer from Israel, they owe it all to Menahem. I know he has a reputation for being a dastardly guy, but he fed my family, and he's always been straight with me. I remember Chuck [Chuck Norris] telling me at the time [1985], "If you're going to work with Menahem, get your cash on the barrel head." There's no deal on the back end, no points -- it's cash and carry. What can I say about Menahem? Tough old Israeli Jew who's been loyal to me and I've been loyal to him. He's one of the few producers I've known who's driven out to me and knocked on the kitchen window. There's no bullshit with Menahem. And he's an artist in his own right.

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