Actor Richard Hatch, perhaps best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica film and TV series, has died at age 71. A rep for the actor says Hatch died Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles after a battle with pancreatic cancer, reports the AP. Manager Michael Kaliski said Hatch's son, Paul, was by the actor's side. Born in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1945, Hatch started his career in off-Broadway theater. After an early role on the soap opera All My Children in 1970, he worked steadily in television, appearing in such series as The Streets of San Francisco, Dynasty, The Love Boat, and Santa Barbara.
Hatch received a Golden Globe nomination in 1979 for his work on Battlestar Galactica. He also appeared in the rebooted Battlestar Galactica TV series from 2004 to 2009. “I’ve been lucky to be in two Battlestar series," he said in 2009, per io9, which points out Hatch initially didn't want the part after reading the original Battlestar Galactica script. "Not too many people get to be in two series 30 years apart in a story that they love, working with actors, writers and producers that are just absolutely extraordinary. I had a great time.” Besides his son, Hatch is survived by his brother, John.