Richard “Apollo” Hatch, 1945-2017

richard-hatch-battlestar-galacticaThis is a dark day for sci-fi nerds like myself. Hatch was a geek pioneer, and a terrific actor.

Richard Hatch, star of the original “Battlestar Galactica” and the Syfy remake, died on Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, his manager confirmed to Variety. He was 71.

Hatch died at his home in Santa Clarita, Calif., with his son Paul by his side.

Hatch was best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original “Battlestar Galactica” series, which aired from 1978-79, a role that earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a television series. He portrayed a different character, Tom Zarek, in the 2003 reimagined series.

Battlestar Galactica was a fantastic series and I would sit and watch it if my house was on fire. The 2003 remake was really good, but went way off the rails in the last season.

F**king cancer. It takes far too many good men, women, and children.

Rest in peace, Richard. So say we all.

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