'Battlestar Galactica' Star Richard Hatch Has Died

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 - 9:37PM
Battlestar Galactica
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 - 9:37PM
'Battlestar Galactica' Star Richard Hatch Has Died
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It's a sad day in geekdom, as actor and legendary sci-fi captain Richard Hatch has died at 71.

Hatch, who played major roles in both Battlestar Galactica series, passed away on Tuesday following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He portrayed Captain Apollo on the 1978 original series, and while it only lasted a season, the show left a lasting impression on science fiction and Hatch earned a Golden Globe nomination for his work. He also starred in the final season of Streets of San Francisco (replacing Michael Douglas), and has played supporting roles in other classics like Hawaii Five-O, Dynasty, and The Love Boat. 

Hatch then spent several years trying to get a revival of the show produced; writing a number of Battlestar Galactica novels and comic books, and producing the now-beloved trailer in 1999 called Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming in an attempt to get his revival off the ground.


While Hatch's revival attempts failed, SyFy did reboot the series in 2004, but Hatch was not initially involved. He later joined the cast as the terrorist-turned-politician Tom Zarek, and earned a new legion of fans from his work the reboot. One of his final roles was in the fan-made Star Trek project Prelude to Axanar, and he appeared in other digital series like The Guild.


Few people were more important in keeping the spirit of Battlestar Galactica alive over the decades, possibly nobody more so than Hatch. He will certainly be missed.
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