Tributes following death of Battlestar Galactica actor Richard Hatch
Tributes have poured in for actor Richard Hatch, best known for his role on sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, after his death from cancer.
The 71-year-old died with his son Paul by his side following a battle with pancreatic cancer, his manager Michael Kaliski said.
Hatch played Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, which ran from 1978 to 1979, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance on the show.
He also appeared in the rebooted version of the show from 2004 to 2009, portraying a different character, Tom Zarek.
Following news of his death, Star Trek actor George Takei wrote on Twitter: "Rest with the galactic stars, Richard Hatch."
Ronald D. Moore, who created the rebooted version of Battlestar Galactica, tweeted: "Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional. His passing is a heavy blow to the entire BSG family."
Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, said: "Very sad to hear about Richard Hatch #RIP #Apollo."
Edward James Olmos, who starred in the Battlestar Galactica reboot, added: "Richard Hatch you made our universe a better place We love you for it. Rest In Peace my friend @SoSayWeAll the Admiral!"
Hatch's other acting work included an early role on All My Children in 1971 and appearances on Dynasty, The Love Boat, Santa Barbara and Baywatch.