Richard Hatch, the Golden Globe nominee and star of the original 1979 sci-fi series “Battlestar Galactica,” has died after a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 71.
Hatch, who played Captain Apollo in the series and had a supporting role as the opportunistic Tom Zarek in the mid-2000s reboot. Hatch’s other credits include Inspector Dan Robbins in the final season of “The Streets of San Francisco,” Philip Brent on ABC’s “All My Children” and numerous guest starring TV roles from “Hawaii Five-O” to “The Waltons”.
Hatch was also a fixture on the fan convention circuit, hosting Galactica panels at San Diego Comic-Con and Dragoncon and maintaining a passion for the franchise long before the reboot was considered.
Ronald D. Moore, creator of the ‘Galactica’ reboot, tweeted: “Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional. His passing is a heavy blow to the entire BSG family.” Hatch is survived by his son, Paul.