The actor who received a Golden Globe nomination in 1979 for his role in the “Battlestar Galactica” popular TV series has sadly passed away on Tuesday at 71. Richard Hatch played captain Apollo and starred in both the original series and in the new version from the 2000s. Hatch died after a long and hard battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Ronald D. Moore, who is the creator of the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot posted an emotional message on Twitter about Richard Hatch’s death.
Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional. His passing is a heavy blow to the entire BSG family.
— Ronald D. Moore (@RonDMoore) February 7, 2017
His last project was a fan film based on the “Star Trek” series, called “Axanar”. According to Alec Peters, the writer and producer of the movie, Hatch was feeling fine two weeks ago. He reportedly knew that he did not have much time, but he was happy that his son was going to be taken care of.
Hatch starred in the original “Battlestar Galactica” TV series from 1978-1979 as pilot Captain Apollo. This role was the one which earned him a nomination at the Golden Globes for Best Actor in a television series, drama. More recently, in the 2004-2009 reboot of the franchise, Hatch came back and played the role of Tom Zarek. He was a political leader who took advantage of the tense situation of humanity trying to survive the Cylons. They were a race of robots who did not agree with their creators anymore. So, they started a rebellion.
The career of Richard Hatch
However, Richard Hatch played a lot of other roles in projects which did not have anything to do with “Battlestar Galactica”. From 1976 to 1977, he stared in the final season of the TV show “The Streets of San Francisco” where he played police Inspector Dan Robbins. He acted alongside Karl Malden. Very interesting was the fact that Hatch actually replaced Michael Douglas on the show, who previously had left the project. He also had parts in shows like “All my Children”, “Hawaii Five-O” and “The Waltons”.
Even if he had other roles, his heart and soul always belonged in the Battlestar universe. He even wrote three novels which were continuing the story from the original series. He was the one behind a possible reboot of the franchise before Moore’s version. Hatch’s project was called “Battlestar: The Second Coming” and he even made a trailer for the pilot episode. Unfortunately, that project never aired so we do not know if it could have been even better than the 2000s one.
Actor Edward James Olmos, who starred alongside Hatch in the reboot, also posted a Twitter message dedicated to his friend.
.Richard Hatch you made our universe a better place We love you for it. Rest In Peace my friend @SoSayWeAll the Admiral!
— Edward James Olmos (@edwardjolmos) February 7, 2017
Hatch was also a fan-favorite figure as he was often hosting “Battlestar Galactica” panels at various conventions, among them being the popular Comic-Con and Dragoncon. His only heir is his son Paul.
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