Richard Hatch, who played Captain Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica television show (1978-1979) and Tom Zarek on the Syfy reboot (2003-2009), has died. He was 71 years old.
Hatch had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, according to TMZ.
As fans know, Hatch had championed a remake of the short-lived but impactful science fiction show (please, oh please, let’s not think about Galactica 1980), which mixed ancient Earth cultures with a space-faring future. Back in 1999, he tried to convince Universal, which owns the rights to Battlestar Galactica, to give him a sequel series; he co-wrote, co-produced and starred in a half-hour pilot, Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, along with former cast members John Colicos and Terry Carter. It involved a Cylon civil war.
Instead, Universal handed the reins of a reboot, not a continuation, to Ron Moore. Moore then cast Hatch as the pot-stirring terrorist-turned-politician Zarek.