Richard Hatch, best known for his turns in both the original 1978
Battlestar Galactica television series and on its subsequent Sci-Fi Channel
reboot from 2004 to 2009, died today in Los Angeles at the age of 71.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the longtime TV actor was
receiving treatment for stage-four pancreatic cancer. While Hatch appeared
in a variety of television roles, including performances on All My Children,
Hawaii Five-O, and Dynasty, the actor had a long-standing love affair
with the world of Battlestar Galactica. In addition to portraying
Captain Apollo and Tom Zarek in the initial series and Ronald D. Moore’s
remake respectively, the Golden Globe–nominated actor wrote three
novels within the movie’s universe, hosted Battlestar Galactica panels
on the convention circuit, and created his own reality show entitled Who the Frak about his post-BG life. Hatch is survived by a son, Paul.