Richard Hatch, ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Star, Dies at 71

Actor starred alongside Lorne Greene and Dirk Benedict in ’70s sci-fi series

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Richard Hatch, who played Captain Apollo on the 1970s sci-fi television series “Battlestar Galactica,” has died following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

The actor’s numerous other credits included “Dynasty,” “Hotel,” “The Love Boat” and “Santa Barbara.”

“Richard Hatch passed today around 1:30 p.m. after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His son Paul was by his side in a home in Santa Clarita. He is also survived by his brother John,” his personal manager Michael Kaliski confirmed in a statement to TheWrap Tuesday afternoon.

“I will always remember him fondly for his inspiring sense of youthful wonder, his boundless passion for creative expression, and his huge, kind heart,” Kaliski added.

Born in 1945 in Santa Monica, Califonia, began his acting career with the Los Angeles Repertory Theater, moving into television in 1970 after landing the role of Philip Brent in the soap opera “All My Children.” Subsequent credits included guest appearances on “Cannon,” “Barnaby Jones” and “Hawaii Five-0.”

Hatch was probably best known, however, for his role as Captain Apollo on “Battlestar Galactica,” which ran during the 1978-1979 season on ABC. Hatch starred alongside Lorne Greene and Dirk Benedict in a story about a fugitive fleet of ships seeking a new home after being defeated in a 1,00-year war with warrior robots called the Cylons.

Hatch also appeared in the 2004 reboot of the series, as Tom Zarek.

Ronald D. Moore, who developed the reboot, remembered Hatch as “a gracious man.”

“Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional,” Moore tweeted Tuesday. “His passing is a heavy blow to the entire BSG family.”

“Battlestar Galactica” composer Bear McCreary offered his own remembrance, writing: “I share tragic news with a heavy heart. Richard Hatch is no longer with us. Goodbye Tom Zarek / Apollo,” the composer wrote.

McCreary added, “I will have more to say about Richard Hatch and what he meant to my life and career. But for now, I’m still processing all this…”

Tahmoh Penikett, who played Capt. Karl Agathon on the reboot, offered, “Such a beautiful soul, fantastic artist and passionate man. Till we meet again my friend.”

“Richard Hatch you made our universe a better place We love you for it,” tweeted Edward James Olmos, who also starred on the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot. “Rest In Peace my friend @SoSayWeAll the Admiral!”