‘Battlestar Galactica’ actor Richard Hatch dies at 71
After appearing on several prime-time TV series, including a major role on “The Streets of San Francisco,” Richard Hatch (shown in June 1978) played the role of Apollo on ABC’s “Battlestar Galactica” in 1978 and 1979.(ABC Photo Archives / Getty Images)
When Syfy rebooted “Battlestar Galactica” for a new generation in 2004, Jamie Bamber, left, starred as Apollo, and Richard Hatch, right, returned to the franchise as a new character, Tom Zarek.(Carole Segal / Sci Fi Channel)
Richard Hatch is shown at the Sci Fi Channel’s Comic-Con party July 22, 2006 in San Diego.(Mark Davis / Getty Images)
Richard Hatch attends the TV Land Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on March 2, 2003.(Robert Mora / Getty Images)
Richard Hatch is shown at the 10th Annual Big Apple National Comic Book, Toy & Sci-Fi Expo at Penn Plaza Pavillion on Nov. 18, 2005 in New York City.(Scott Gries / Getty Images)
Richard Hatch signs autographs of himself dressed as a Klingon in the fan film “Star Trek Axanar” at Comic-Con on July 25, 2014.(Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images)
Actor Richard Hatch, perhaps best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original “Battlestar Galactica” TV series, has died. He was 71.
A representative for the actor says Hatch died Tuesday afternoon after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Manager Michael Kaliski said Hatch’s son, Paul, was by the actor’s side.
After an early role on “All My Children” in 1971, Hatch worked steadily as an actor, appearing in such series as “Dynasty,” ’'The Love Boat,” ’'Santa Barbara” and “Baywatch.” He also appeared in the rebooted “Battlestar Galactica” TV series from 2004 to 2009.
Kaliski said Hatch will be remembered for his youthful wonder, passion for creativity and kind heart.
Besides his son, Hatch is survived by his brother, John.
In a statement to the Los Angeles Times on behalf of the family, Paul Hatch spoke of his father’s long relationship with “Battlestar Galactica” in its various iterations.
It read, in part, “In spite of significant roles in other series and motion pictures over the following decades, his connection with the original ‘Battlestar’ as well as the remake, created an international following among science fiction fans. While continuing his acting career Richard was a popular figure at Comic Book conventions, science fiction forums and even hosted his own cruise ship events.”
The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.
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6:05 p.m.: This article has been updated with a statement from the family.
This article was originally published at 4:35 p.m.
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