Actor Richard Hatch, known for his portrayals of Captain Apollo in the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica series and Tom Zarek in the 2004 reboot, has died at age 71.
In a statement on his website, Hatch’s son said his father died peacefully, following a battle against pancreatic cancer.
Hatch started his career in Off Broadway theatre, then joined the cast of All My Children in 1970. He went on to become a guest star on numerous TV series and movies-for-television, eventually replacing Michael Douglas as Karl Malden‘s partner in the Streets of San Francisco.
Tributes from around the film industry poured in via social media, as posted below.
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
.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
— Katee Sackhoff (@kateesackhoff) February 7, 2017
We lost a kind and gentle soul today. Hope you're dancing amongst the stars now. RIP Richard pic.twitter.com/w8Ob3tRS9J
— Tricia Helfer (@trutriciahelfer) February 8, 2017
My heart is breaking.Thank you for being a wonderful friend and teacher both in front of and behind the camera. RIP RichardHatch #SSWA ❤️
— Leah Cairns (@LeahCairns) February 7, 2017
— Kurt Yaeger (@kurtyaeger) February 8, 2017