ForgottenTV remembers Richard Hatch, 'Apollo' on Battlestar Galactica, who died today at 71. Hatch was a prolific guest star and recurring role actor with over 100 film and TV credits from Hawaii-Five-O and The Waltons in the 70s to ChiPs, Fantasy Island, TJ Hooker, and The Love Boat in the 80s.
He also spent much of his later career attempting to revive Battlestar Galactica, going as far as to write, co-direct and produce a trailer for a proposed spinoff called “The Second Coming,” but Universal Studios rejected his pitch. Instead, the studio ordered a re-imagining of the show from Ronald D. Moore in which Hatch played Tom Zarek, a terrorist-turned-politician, for 22 episodes over the show’s four-season run.
“Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional,” Moore tweeted after the news broke. “His passing is a heavy blow to the entire BSG family.”
“Richard Hatch, you made our universe a better place,” wrote Edward James Olmos, who starred in the reboot. “We love you for it. Rest In Peace my friend. So Say We All.”