Scifi fans mourn the passing of Richard Hatch

Stage and screen actor Richard Hatch passed away in February 7, 20017. He may be best known, at least to people my age, as Captain Apollo from the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica. That’s certainly how I was introduced to him.

Say what you will about  seventies sci-fi but when I was young Starbuck and Apollo were as cooler than Maverick and Goose (Top Gun, anybody?). Hatch also appeared in the 2004-2009 SyFy re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica. In this incarnation of the series Hatch played Tom Zarek, a radical political activist somewhat akin to a member of the IRA.

Hatch worked to bring BSG back to television. Although his vision was ultimately passed over in favor on Ron D. Moore’s project, Hatch was largely responsible for rekindling interest in the the title. In addition to science fiction Richard Hatch had an impressive list of acting credits in many different genres. He was a talented and versatile as an actor as well as a director, producer and writer.

I was not aware of his passing until last evening, when SyFy dedicated an episode of The Expanse to his memory. According to the Wikipedia entry, Hatch had been battling Pancreatic cancer for some time.