Tributes following death of Battlestar Galactica actor Richard Hatch

Tributes have poured in for actor Richard Hatch, best known for his role on sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, after his death from cancer.

The 71-year-old died with his son Paul by his side following a battle with pancreatic cancer, his manager Michael Kaliski said.

Hatch played Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, which ran from 1978 to 1979, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance on the show.

Richard Hatch (Dave Allocca/StarPix/REX/Shutterstock)

He also appeared in the rebooted version of the show from 2004 to 2009, portraying a different character, Tom Zarek.

Following news of his death, Star Trek actor George Takei tweeted: “rest with the galactic stars, Richard Hatch.”

Ronald D Moore, who created the rebooted version of Battlestar Galactica, added:

Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, also paid tribute:

Edward James Olmos, who starred in the Battlestar Galactica reboot, added:

Hatch’s other acting work included an early role on All My Children in 1971 and appearances on Dynasty, The Love Boat, Santa Barbara and Baywatch.


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