Richard Hatch (1945-2017)

By Steve Green: Richard Hatch: actor, died February 7, aged 71. Genre appearances include The Sixth Sense (one episode, 1972), Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983), InAlienable (2008), Season of Darkness (2012), and its higher-budget remake Asylum of Darkness (2017).

Most famous for playing Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica (1978-9), which he campaigned to bring back (writing and directing a 1999 short, Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, and co-writing several novels set in that universe with Brad Linaweaver); his contribution was rewarded with a recurring role in the show’s reboot (2005-9, 22 episodes).

4 thoughts on “Richard Hatch (1945-2017)

  1. The original Battlestar Galactica was probably my favourite live action sf show when I was a little girl. Upon rewatching it as an adult, I was surprised* and delighted by how good it was. Richard Hatch will always be my Apollo. RIP.

    *By that time the reboot had happened, and if I recall correctly an awful lot of the early press was essentially: “This is good! Not like that old, cheesy thing you remember with lousy acting!” I was quite pleased that smol me hadn’t been completely offbase with the indignant and impassioned defences to which I subjected anyone who would stand still long enough.

  2. I couldn’t stand the original BSG. We used to make up funny names for the show. But as much as I loathed the original, I loved the remake, and I’m glad Richard Hatch was able to participate in both. May he rest in peace.

  3. @Meredith

    The original Battlestar Galactica was probably my favourite live action sf show when I was a little girl. Upon rewatching it as an adult, I was surprised* and delighted by how good it was. Richard Hatch will always be my Apollo. RIP.

    Same here. I loved the original Battlestar Galactica and had a huge crush on Richard Hatch. Rewatching it as an adult, I was also struck by how good much of it still was, in spite of several seriously corny moments.

    The reboot never did it for me. My feelings about it are similar to how some fans feel about the Star Wars prequels. Though the tributes by stars of the reboot are lovely.

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