Richard hatch Dead

Battlestar Galactica's Richard Hatch Dead at 71, Hailed as 'Gracious Man'

Richard Hatch, who originated the role of Battlestar Galactica‘s Apollo, died on Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

Hatch’s early career included the role of Phillip Brent on the daytime soap opera All My Children, while his first major primetime role was in the late 1970s’ The Streets of San Francisco, where he succeeded the exiting Michael Douglas.

On Battlestar Galactica, Glen A. Larson’s big budget sci-fi series for ABC that bowed in 1978, he created the role of Captain Apollo, for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination. That ran for a total of 21 episodes (including an extended pilot, which was shown in theaters with Sensurround technology), before meeting cancellation.

Hatch’s TV credits went on to include arcs on Dynasty, Santa Barbara and Ronald D. Moore’s 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot, where he would recur as political activist Tom Zarek. Moore remembered Hatch in a Twitter posting, as did BSG vet Edward James Olmos:

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  1. Ben says:

    RIP Apollo. So say we all.

  2. Lori says:

    Always seemed like a kind man. Loved him in Battlestar Galactica. Rest In Peace and thanks for the memories,

  3. Robin says:

    RIP. I always wanted Apollo and Sheba to end up together.

  4. Scott says:

    RIP Apollo

  5. Alex says:

    RIP Apollo… I actually had the chance to meet him in person at several different conventions.. he was always great with the fans and was always willing to spend time with people talking about everything.

  6. arial2 says:

    RIP Richard Hatch, portrayer of bothTom Zarek (the character I loved to hate) and the original Apollo. I never met him, but those who knew him respected him and said he was a good, kind human being in addition to being a talented actor who loved Battlestar Galactica. He will be missed.

  7. Kevin says:

    RIP Richard Hatch. Recalling the actor who had a guest starring role on The Love Boat (the Thanksgiving episode in Season 6).

  8. JR says:

    May Richard rest in peace and be held in divine love.

  9. DW says:

    RIP. I remember him playing Jan Berry in a movie about Jan and Dean. Too young to go.

  10. Anne says:

    So say we all.

  11. Bark Star says:

    Godsspeed from PACIFICA. So say we all.

  12. herman1959 says:

    OMG, I had a (very) little-girl crush on him when he was on All My Children. I’d watch when I was at home sick from school and it would make me feel better. RIP.