Richard Hatch, the actor who starred in the original 1970s \u201cBattlestar Galactica\u201d TV series and returned in a new role for its acclaimed 2000s reboot, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. He was 71. Richard Hatch, the actor who starred in the original 1970s \u201cBattlestar Galactica\u201d TV series and returned in a new role for its acclaimed 2000s reboot, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 71.The actor, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, had been in hospice care, TMZ reported. Hatch started his career in theater in Los Angeles. His first television role was on the soap opera \u201cAll My Children\u201d in 1970. He played Philip Brent on the soap for two years and then made many guest appearances on popular television series such as \u201cBarnaby Jones.\u201d He starred on the last season of the detective series \u201cThe Streets of San Francisco,\u201d replacing Michael Douglas, who had left the series.Click to get weekly celebrity death news delivered to your inbox.In 1978, Hatch stepped into pop culture history with his leading role as the heroic Captain Apollo on the sci-fi TV series \u201cBattlestar Galactica.\u201d The interstellar ABC epic, which told the story of a ragtag space fleet of refugee humans on the run from genocidal cyborgs called the Cylons, sought to capitalize on the huge movie success of "Star Wars" the year before. "Battlestar Galactica" was canceled after one season (and briefly retooled a year later as "Galactica 1980\u201d), but not before Hatch was nominated for a Golden Globe.After \u201cBattlestar Galactica,\u201d he made guest appearances on such TV shows as \u201cLove Boat,\u201d \u201cFantasy Island,\u201d and \u201cDynasty.\u201dDuring the 1990s, Hatch attempted to secure the rights to revive \u201cBattlestar Galactica\u201d in the form of a sequel series. He wrote novels and comic books based on the property and even filmed a trailer for a possible television revival. His proposal was never approved; instead, another production team remade the\u201cBattlestar Galactica\u201d concept from scratch, and it debuted on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in 2004. Hatch had a recurring role on the remake through its 2009 conclusion as Tom Zarek, a charismatic terrorist turned politician.In 2013, he starred in a short film called \u201cCowboys & Engines\u201d alongside Malcolm McDowell and Walter Koenig, and he appeared in the web series \u201cThe Silicon Assassin Project.\u201dActor Edward James Olmos, who played William Adama in the "Battlestar Galactica" remake, paid tribute on Twitter: "Richard Hatch you made our universe a better place We love you for it. Rest In Peace my friend #SoSayWeAll the Admiral!"We invite you to share condolences for Richard Hatch in our Guest Book.