Battlestar Galactica actor Richard Hatch dies at 71

By Tribute on February 8, 2017 | 6 Comments

Richard HatchRichard Hatch in Battlestar Galactica, who played the role of Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica film and TV series, has died. He was 71.

A representative for the actor said he passed away on Tuesday (Feb. 7) in Los Angeles, after battling pancreatic cancer. His son, Paul, was by his side.

Richard’s portrayal of  Captain Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica series that aired from 1978 to 1979, earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama. In the series revival that ran from 2003 to 2009, he played a different character, politician Tom Zarek.

A California native, Richard was born in Santa Monica in 1945. He began his career in off-Broadway theater productions. One of his earlier TV acting roles included a small part on the daytime soap opera All My Children in 1971. He would continue to work steadily in many television roles, guest-starring on favorites such as CHiPs, Dynasty, Murder She Wrote, T.J. Hooker, Baywatch and MacGyver.

He also wrote five original Battlestar novels, and was always a crowd favorite at fan events and sci-fi conventions.

Fans and many of Richard’s former castmates expressed their condolences for the actor upon hearing the news.

Jamie Bamber, who played Lee “Apollo” Adama in the reimagined series, shared his sympathies, tweeting:

Richard Hatch. You leave a huge hole in our BSG family which we will never fill and never try to.   #ThankYouCaptainApollo

 — Jamie Bamber (@ImJamieBamber) February 8, 2017

Edward James Olmos, who was also in the series’ reboot as Admiral William Adama, also expressed his grief:

In addition to his son, Richard is also survived by his brother, John.

Comments & Discussion

  1. marymary • February 8, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

    i remember him know that i saw his picture, i enjoyed his acting

  2. Michael Johnson • February 8, 2017 @ 9:50 PM

    Great actor. I always will remember him as Csptain Apollo. He certainly breathed life to that character. R.I.P.

  3. Michael Johnson • February 8, 2017 @ 9:51 PM

    Great actor. I always will remember him as Captain Apollo. He certainly breathed life to that character. R.I.P.

  4. Samantha • February 8, 2017 @ 10:21 PM

    Great show, I remember watching it when I was a kid. He was fantastic.

  5. Vanessa • February 9, 2017 @ 1:17 PM

    I loved Richard Hatch, I have a scrapbook from 1979 full of pictures of him.

  6. Wendy • March 30, 2017 @ 12:50 PM

    That was my favourite show, I went to California (Universal Studios) I have pictures of those metal heads as I like to call them. I had a crush on him and Starbuck. I never knew Rich was that old or that sick. He was a great actor who will be sorely missed both by fans and the acting world. 😔

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