If there was anyone who was against the reimagining of Battlestar Galactica in the early 2000s, none was louder than Richard Hatch, who played Apollo in the original ABC series that debuted in 1978.
Hatch had been pushing for a Battlestar revival of his own, but television rights holder NBCUniversal had its own plans, and they called for a whole new take. Yet, Hatch still gave Ronald D. Moore’s interpretation of Glen A. Larson’s creation a chance, and would eventually join the cast as one of its most memorable recurring characters.
Richard Hatch, however, has now died. He was 71.
The news was first shared on Bleeding Cool, which said Hatch “passed into eternity” on Tuesday. TMZ said it had verified Hatch’s death with “family sources.” Many people who worked with him during his time on Syfy’s version of Battlestar quickly took to social media, including Moore who called Hatch a “good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional.”