Richard Hatch, who starred as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica and as Tom Zarek in the 2003 Syfy Channel remake, died Tuesday, February 7, at age 71.
Hatch, who was battling pancreatic cancer, was reportedly in hospice care.
The death was announced on social media by composer Bear McCreary, who tweeted “I share tragic news with a heavy heart. “Richard Hatch is no longer with us. Goodbye Tom Zarek/Apollo.”
The actor’s friends and colleagues shared their thoughts on social media.
“Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional,” Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald D. Moore tweeted. “His passing is a heavy blow to the entire BSG family.”
“Richard Hatch, you made our universe a better place,” Edward James Olmos, who starred in the Battlestar Galactica reboot, tweeted. “We love you for it. Rest In Peace my friend. So Say We All.”
“Rest with the galactic stars, Richard Hatch,” tweeted George Takei.
Richard Hatch was born in Santa Monica, California. He began his acting career in 1971 on the soap opera All My Children. He guest starred on Fantasy Island, CHiPs, Murder She Wrote, T.J. Hooker, Dynasty, The Love Boat, MacGyver, Baywatch and Hawaii Five-O.
Hatch portrayed Stephen Slade on Santa Barbara (1990) and played the title role in The Silicon Assassin Project (2012-12).
Hatch was nominated for a best actor in a TV series Golden Globe award for his turn as Captain Apollo in the original 1978-79 run of Battlestar Galactica. The actor wrote five Battlestar Galactica novels.
He is survived by his son, Paul Michael Hatch.