Actor Richard Hatch, who appeared in both TV incarnations of Battlestar Galatica
, died on February 7th after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.
A native of Santa Monica, California, Hatch first gained attention in 1970, in the daytime soap opera All My Children
. His first major TV role was in 1976, as Inspector Dan Robbins in the final season of The Streets of San Francisco
, replacing Michael Douglas.
Hatch's role of Captain Apollo in Glen A. Larson's Battlestar Galactica
only lasted one season (1978), but garnered a Golden Globe award nomination in 1979. In the 1990s, he tried to convince Universal Studios to revive the series as a followup to the original (ignoring Galactica 1980
), but failed. He would later play terrorist-turned-politician Tom Zarek, a recurring character, in the rebooted series helmed by Ronald D. Moore.
Along with BSG
, Hatch appeared in a number of other s-f projects including the Steampunk short film "Cowboys & Engines" with Malcolm McDowell & Walter Koenig, and the controversial Star Trek
fan film short "Prelude to Axanar."
Ron Moore & Edward James Olmos took to Twitter to offer condolences on Richard Hatch's passing. Moore called Hatch's death "a heavy blow to the entire BSG family." Olmos paid tribute, tweeting, "you made our universe a better place. We love you for it. Rest In Peace my friend @SoSayWeAll the Admiral!"