An actor who starred in the original “Battlestar Galactica” TV series, returning decades later to be a part of a reboot of the show, has died. The AP reports that Richard Hatch, who played Captain Apollo in ABC’s original “Battlestar Galactica,” died Tuesday afternoon following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.
Hatch had a number of TV roles during his career, including an early appearance on “All My Children” in 1971, followed by guest roles on many shows — “Barnaby Jones,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “The Waltons” and “Cannon,” to name a few. He found steady work as Inspector Dan Robbins on “The Streets of San Francisco” from 1976-77, shortly before landing his career-defining lead role on “Battlestar Galactica.”
The beloved sci-fi show lasted just one season on ABC in 1978-79, earning Hatch a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series in 1979.
When “Battlestar Galactica” was rebooted in 2004 for what turned out to be a four-season run on the Sci-Fi Channel, Hatch appeared in a recurring role as Tom Zarek.
The actor worked steadily on TV for decades, including arcs on “Dynasty,” “Santa Barbara” and “Baywatch.”