UPDATED: Rest in Peace: Richard Lynch

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rlynch - UPDATED: Rest in Peace: Richard LynchSome really sad news has hit the Internet that character actor and genre favorite Richard Lynch has passed away at age 76. Though we’re still awaiting some official word, we’ll do our best to fill you in throughout the day as more details arise.

Lynch is best known to fans as cult leader Harris in the 1988 film Bad Dreams, and to call his career anything but prolific is an understatement. Other memorable roles include appearances in Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Zombie’s forthcoming film The Lords of Salem, Laid to Rest, Invasion U.S.A., Scarecrow, The Sword and the Sorcerer as well as television roles on popular series such as “The A-Team,” “Werewolf: The Series,” “Six Feet Under,” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to extend our sincerest of condolences to Richard’s many friends, family, and constituents. Thanks for the memories and the scares, kind sir. You will be missed.


From Rob Zombie’s Facebook page:

“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 in his role of Principle [sic] Chambers at top volume. He will be missed.”

Update 2

From Deadline:

“Lynch’s rep Mike Baronas says the actor’s body was found today at his Palm Springs home by a friend and no investigation was planned into the cause of death.”

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