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Jase Peeples

Actor Richard Hatch has died at the age of 71, reports TMZ.

Family sources have reportedly revealed that Hatch was battling pancreatic cancer and was placed in hospice care a few weeks before he passed.

He is best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica (1978) series, for which he earned a nomination in 1979.

Though the beloved series only lasted a single season before it was cancelled, it left a tremendous mark on pop culture and was successfully reimagined by Ronald D. Moore in 2004. Hatch landed the role of Tom Zarek on the new series and made semi-regular appearances throughout the show’s 4-season run from 2004-2009.

Battlestar Galactia (2004) [Credit: Universal Television]
Battlestar Galactia (2004) [Credit: Universal Television]

Hatch began working in television in the 1971 when he landed the role of Philip Brent Sr. on All My Children. From there the actor snagged several guest-starring roles on popular shows before landing a leading role in Battlestar Galactica.

After its cancellation he also made numerous appearances on prime-time TV shows throughout the 1980s including Hotel, Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Dynasty, and .

Following the news of Hatch’s death, Moore responded with a tweet, saying:

Edward James Olmos, Hatch's co-star in the Battlestar Galactica remake, also took to Twitter to offer his condolences.

Hatch is survived by his son, Paul.

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Watch the opening to the original Battlestar Galactica TV series below.


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