The sad day for SOF community as Richard “Mack” Machowicz, a TV star and former SEAL scout/sniper, passed away after a year-long battle with brain cancer.
Once upon time he described himself as a “difficult, intense personality.” That’s why the former Navy SEAL wound up becoming a Zen Buddhist. The goal, Mack said, was to learn to “access a part of myself, to care about [others], that I never was able to before.”
Machowicz, the host of Discovery Channel’s “Future Weapons,” died January 2, 2017, of stage IV glioblastoma, according to his friend and SEAL teammate Craig Sawyer. Sawyer shared news of his friend illness in an Oct. 5, 2015 on his personal Facebook account. According to his Discovery Channel biography, he spent ten years in the US Navy, and was Leading Petty Officer of Land, Mountain and Arctic Warfare with the SEAL training cadre.
But Machowicz, who was born in 1965, found himself as a television host. That was a job he clearly loved. He hosted multiple reality-television series, including Spike TV’s “Deadliest Warrior,” which led to his becoming a playable character in the video game “Deadliest Warrior: Legends.” Mack hosted and appeared in programs on the Military Channel, the History Channel, and Bravo.
On the Discovery Channel’s “Future Weapons,” his role included playing with some of the newest cutting-edge weapons systems on the planet. On the episode “Top Guns” he grinned as he got to test the then-new Barrett M468 carbine, which fired a larger caliber round than the standard M4. Mack followed that up with a look at the M777 howitzer, and then took a ride in an F/A-18 Super Hornet off the USS Eisenhower (CVN-68).
He was a SEAL, a tv host, writter and beloved husband and father. He is survived by his wife Mandy and two daughters.