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PASSINGS: Richard Lynch

Richard Lynch

, 72, a veteran actor with platinum hair and a scarred face who played villainous characters in such films as "Bad Dreams" and "The Sword and the Sorcerer," died June 19 after suffering a

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heart attack

, his family announced.

A resident of the San Bernardino County community of Yucca Valley, Lynch appeared in dozens of horror and science-fiction films in a career spanning four decades. He played a school principal in director

Rob Zombie

's 2007 "

Halloween

" remake.

His most recent role was in

Zombie's

"The Lords of Salem," which has not yet been released.

Other movies featuring Lynch included "Scarecrow," "The Seven-Ups," "The Ninth Configuration," "Invasion U.S.A." and "Little Nikita." He appeared in TV series including

"Battlestar Galactica,"
"The A-Team,"

"Six Feet Under" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

According to public records, Lynch was born Feb. 12, 1940, in Brooklyn. He had said he suffered scarring in 1967 after he set himself on fire while under the influence of

LSD

.

-- Times staff and wire reports

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