Richard Lynch

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Richard Lynch
Richard Lynch
Portrays: Wolfe, "Gun on Ice Planet Zero"
Xavier, "Galactica Discovers Earth"
Count Iblis, "Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming"
Date of Birth: February 12, 1940
Date of Death: June 19, 2012
Age at Death: 72
Nationality: USA USA

Richard Lynch (February 12, 1940 — June 19, 2012) was the Brooklyn, New York-born actor who portrayed Wolfe in the Original Series, the first Xaviar in Galactica 1980 and Count Iblis in Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming. He is the only actor to hold the distinction for appearing in Battlestar Galactica, Galactica 1980, and Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming.

Prior to acting, Lynch was said to have put himself on fire while under the influence of LSD in 1967, which resulted in the distinctive, scarred facial features he is known by[1]. Due to those features and his platinum hair, Lynch was often cast as "heavies" or villains during his career, which included roles in various films and television series, namely in the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres.

As an actor, Lynch's feature film debut was in 1973's Scarecrow, and thus 160+ roles in various films and television series followed, including his aforementioned Battlestar roles.

Outside of the Battlestar Galactica universe, he had guest roles in various Glen Larson and Don Bellisario series, including Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Manimal, The A-Team, and The Fall Guy.

Lynch also appeared in other well-known series, such as TJ Hooker, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

As part of his later film career, he made an appearance in the 2007 remake of Halloween. His last acting appearance will be in the film The Lords of Salem, which was in post-production at the time of his death on 19 June 2012.

The details of his death were explained in an official statement from his spokesperson, Mike Baronas. According to Baronas, one of Lynch's friends found Lynch dead on the kitchen floor of his home after not hearing from him for a few days. He is believed to have died from natural causes, as "no investigation into the cause of his death will be made."[1]

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