Richard Hatch, best known for his roles as Captain Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica series and Tom Zarek in the 2004 BSG reboot, has died.

Hatch passed away on Tuesday after an extended fight with pancreatic cancer. A fixture at conventions for decades, Hatch has a devoted fan following who, no doubt, join his family and friends in mourning his loss.

Here’s how some of Richard Hatch’s closest collaborators reacted to the news of his death on Twitter…

In addition to BSG, Hatch also appeared in All My Children, Hawaii Five-O, The Streets of San Francisco, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Baywatch, and more.

Apart from his TV roles, Hatch was the author of seven original Battlestar Galactica novels. He also edited and contributed to “So Say We All,” an unauthorized compendium of essays on Battlestar Galactica.

In recent years, Hatch had labored over his passion project, a transmedia sci-fi epic called The Great War of Magellan. He was also involved in the controversial Star Trek fan film, Prelude to Axanar. Hatch was 71.

Brian Linder
Brian Linder is Sr. Entertainment Editor at FANDOM. He's been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at FANDOM from IGN, Brian was a founding editor at early Star Wars fansite TheForce.net and co-creator of the movie site, FilmForce, acquired in 2006. He's into space operas and superheroes.