Richard Hatch, who starred on both the original and re-imagined "Battlestar Galactica" TV series, has died of pancreatic cancer, TMZ reports. He was 71.

Hatch played Captain Apollo from 1978-1979 in 21 episodes of the original "Battlestar," as well as in the 1979 movie. (As People noted, he received a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination for his TV role on BSG in 1979). He also played Tom Zarek from 2004-2009 in 22 episodes of the BSG reboot. Between the two, he was in everything else -- several episodes of "Santa Barbara" and "Dynasty" and about 100 other projects. He seems to have worked right up to his passing, with IMDb listing several titles as completed or in post-production, waiting for release.

Fans and colleagues mourned their departed captain after news of Hatch's death was released Tuesday night:


Yes, please don't confuse this Richard Hatch with the guy from "Survivor." According to TMZ, this Hatch entered hospice care a few weeks ago as he battled pancreatic cancer. People says he is survived by his son, Paul Michael Hatch.

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