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Battlestar Galactica’s Richard Hatch Passes Away at 71

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Battlestar Galactica’s Richard Hatch Passes Away at 71

Richard Hatch, best known for his role as Captain Apollo in 1978’s “Battlestar Galactica,” has died at age 71. As first reported by Bleeding Cool and later by multiple outlets including the New York Daily News, the actor passed away after an extended illness.

Hatch returned to the “Battlestar Galactica” franchise when it relaunched in 2004, that time playing Tom Zarek. He also appeared in “All My Children” and “The Hatfields and McCoys,” among other works. He regularly guest starred in television series like “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Baywatch.”

In 1979, he was nominated for Best Actor in a Television Series for his work on “Battlestar Galactica.” He went on to win the Indie Series Awards for Best Guest Actor for “Pairings” in 2015 and received the Zed Fest Film Festival honor with Vernon Wells for “The Pod” in 2014.

Ronald D. Moore, who helmed the 2004 “Battlestar Galactica” reboot, offered his condolences on Twitter:

Hatch’s “Battlestar Galactica” co-star Edward James Olmos also Tweeted his sympathies, writing,

Additionally, Bear McCreary — who composed the series’ music — Tweeted:

As he attempted to revive “Battlestar Galactica” on screen, Hatch also co-authored several books in the franchise, including “Battlestar Galactica: Armageddon,” “Battlestar Galactica: Warhawk,” “Battlestar Galactica: Resurrection,” “Battlestar Galactica: Rebellion” and “Battlestar Galactica: Paradise.”

Hatch leaves behind a son, Paul.

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