The first military man to get bested by Hannibal Smith on “the jazz” was Colonel Francis Lynch, who was played by theater, movie, and television actor William Lucking in the first and third seasons of “The A-Team” (and was mentioned more often than he was actually seen). Lynch apparently got shuffled off A-Team duty once Decker came into the picture, but in Season 3’s “Showdown!,” he is given the opportunity to redeem himself.
Lucking started his acting career in the late 1960s with roles on shows like “Ironside,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “The Partridge Family.” He’s probably best known for his role in the TV series “Sons of Anarchy” (he played Piney Winston from 2008-2011, until Season 4), but he also starred in movies like 1972’s “The Magnificent Seven Ride,” 2000’s “Erin Brockovich,” 2002’s “Red Dragon,” and 2012’s “Contraband.” His television career includes everything from “Switched at Birth” to “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Days of Our Lives.”
His last TV credits are from 2014, but he died on October 18, 2021, at the age of 80. His wife, Sigrid, told TMZ that he had suffered from a lifetime of injuries incurred during his stunt-heavy career. This included an 80-foot fall off a bridge during “Harold and Maude” and many broken bones over the years as a result of falling off horses during cowboy roles. “He just gave up. He was tired and in a lot of pain,” his wife said, explaining that he had been in a wheelchair for the last year of his life and suffered from breathing and heart problems.
He is survived by his second wife, daughters Marjet and Juliana, and granddaughters Quinlan and Lilian (via the Hollywood Reporter).