By Associated Press
Updated June 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

An actor who employed his scarred face to play villainous characters in such films as Bad Dreams and The Sword and the Sorcerer has died. Richard Lynch was 76.

His representative, Mike Baronas, says Lynch was found dead Tuesday at his home in Palm Springs, Calif. No other details were provided.

The actor appeared in several horror and sci-fi films in a career spanning four decades. He recently played serial killer Michael Myers’ principal in director Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake in 2007. His most recent role is in Zombie’s upcoming film The Lords of Salem. Other movies included Scarecrow and Little Nikita. He appeared in such TV series as Battlestar Galactica, The A-Team and Six Feet Under.

Lynch reportedly suffered scarring in 1967 after accidentally setting himself on fire.