Richard Hatch of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ dies at age 71

Richard Hatch of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ dies at age 71

Image: Prods/Universa/REX/Shutterstock Richard Hatch, who played space heartthrob Captain Apollo on the original TV series Battlestar Galactica, has died. Hatch had been in hospice care for pancreatic cancer at the time of his death, TMZ reported Tuesday. His manager Michael Kaliski confirmed the news to Variety, saying, “I will always remember him fondly for his inspiring sense of youthful wonder, his boundless passion for creative expression, and his huge, kind heart.” The American actor rose to fame playing a sci-fi icon during the late 1970s, but his first days of acting were in theater. On Tuesday, fans and comrades paid tribute to the actor across Twitter. His passing is a heavy blow to the entire BSG family. — Ronald D. Moore (@RonDMoore) February 7, 2017 Richard Hatch...we lost a good one today. RIP Richard, praying for your loved ones — Jeffrey Veregge (@JeffreyVeregge) February 7, 2017 My heart is breaking.Thank you for being a wonderful friend and teacher both in front of and behind the camera. He landed the Battlestar Galactica role in 1978. While it wasn't the original idea Hatch had pitched, he came around after hearing more about it from screenwriter Ron Moore. And with that, he would land a role on the same show he starred in two decades before.

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Richard Hatch, pictured right, had a three-decade-long career in film and TV that's most notable for his work on Battlestar Galactica.
Richard Hatch, pictured right, had a three-decade-long career in film and TV that’s most notable for his work on Battlestar Galactica.

Richard Hatch, who played space heartthrob Captain Apollo on the original TV series Battlestar Galactica, has died. He was 71.

Hatch had been in hospice care for pancreatic cancer at the time of his death, TMZ reported Tuesday. His manager Michael Kaliski confirmed the news to Variety, saying, “I will always remember him fondly for his inspiring sense of youthful wonder, his boundless passion for creative expression, and his huge, kind heart.”

The American actor rose to fame playing a sci-fi icon during the late 1970s, but his first days of acting were in theater. He performed at the Los Angeles Repertory Theater and starred in several plays and musicals, before moving onto a career in film and television that would span over three decades.

On Tuesday, fans and comrades paid tribute to the actor across Twitter.

Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional. His passing is…

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