Richard Hatch, best known for starring as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica, has passed away at the age of 71.
Hatch, who starred as Captain Apollo in the original BSG series, as well as Tom Zarek in the 2004 remake, passed away from pancreatic cancer. Hatch was starring in a Star Trek fan project shortly before his death, and producer Alec Peters wrote on Facebook that Hatch was "comforted by the fact that his son would be taken care of".
Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional. His passing is a heavy blow to the entire BSG family.
— Ronald D. Moore (@RonDMoore) February 7, 2017
RIP Richard Hatch Godspeed. #BattlestarGalactica
— Rachel Federoff (@RachelFederoff) February 7, 2017
RIP Richard Hatch. He was the rare actor who held onto a true passion for the world he created long after the cameras stopped rolling.
— Ben Lesnick (@banditloaf) February 7, 2017
RIP Richard Hatch, star of Prisoners of the Lost Universe. The only character I've ever cosplayed as. pic.twitter.com/Y0y3NVAovP
— Jay Bauman (@JayBauman1) February 7, 2017
RIP Richard Hatch. I loved Battlestar Galactica as a kid and then loved Hatch even more in the reboot, he was fantastic. pic.twitter.com/l21bWLRxyY
— Justin Hamilton (@justinhamilton_) February 7, 2017
On his website, Hatch described Battlestar Galactica as a "milestone" and an "opportunity to live out my childhood dreams and fantasies". "Hurtling through space with reckless abandon, playing the dashing hero, battling Cylons, monsters and super-villains - what more could a man want," he wrote.
Hatch is survived by his son, Paul.