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Sci-Fi Legend Richard Hatch Dies at 71

Actor Richard Hatch, who was a star and a champion of the Battlestar Galactica sci-fi franchise for decades, died on 7 February 2017. He was 71.

Hatch originated the role of the heroic Captain Apollo in the series’ first incarnation in 1978, a portrayal that garnered him a Golden Globe Awards nomination for Best Actor in a Television Series the following year. He also appeared in the show’s critically-acclaimed reboot beginning in 2005 as populist political leader Tom Zarek.

In the years between the two versions of the series, Hatch wrote five books set in the original Galactica universe and also produced Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, a short film he shopped to Universal…

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