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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. 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.
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."