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Richard Hatch, Star Of Battlestar Galactica, Dies At 71

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 06:41 PM

Richard Hatch, Star Of Battlestar Galactica, Dies At 71
Posted by Bill Watters February 7, 2017

Golden Globe nominated actor Richard Hatch, whose career spanned nearly a half-decade, today passed into eternity while surrounded by family and friends after an extended illness. Best known as Captain Apollo in the 1978 original Battlestar Galactica, and then as Tom Zarek in the 2003 re-imagined version, His career started with a stint on All My Children in 1971 as Philip Brent, and put in appearances on series ranging from Hawaii Five-O to The Streets of San Francisco to Baywatch. In more recent years Richard has been featured in a range of independent productions.

In the decades after the original Battlestar Galactica, he had gone on to write a number of novels in the same universe and developed a short film, Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming. Original BSG series actors John Colicos (Baltar), Terry Carter (Col. Tigh) and Jack Stauffer (Bojay) appeared in the trailer alongside Hatch. His various projects were an effort to keep the interest around the franchise alive and to try to convince Universal to revisit the series.
Richard hadn’t intended to wind up as an actor, he’d often said that it wasn’t something that had occurred to him because he was too shy and insecure. His dream before he discovered the stage was to become an Olympic pole vaulter. When an English class was overbooked in college, he wound up enrolling in an oral interpretation class instead. “It turned out to be my worst nightmare, because I had to get up in front of people and read.” he says, laughing. “I found myself flunking the course because I would choke up. I could hardly open my mouth.” Over time he managed to overcome his fears, and now helps new actors by offering acting workshops in the Los Angeles area as well as during his annual convention circuit. His classes were lauded for their ability to bring new actors out of their shells, and for helping tune skills of more experienced performers. One reviewer commented about Richard and his workshop:

Richard Hatch is a man of many gifts, not the least of which is uncanny insight into an actor’s true potential and how we get in our own way and block that potential. Richard is both very tough and very compassionate. In just six months of working together, Richard has coaxed performances out of me that I never would have dreamed possible.
Even though it’d now been nearly eight years since the ending of the re-imagined Galactica series, he had continued to host annual Battlestar Galactica panels at the San Diego Comic-Con and DragonCon, where fans would listen to his stories of the series, and of his continued enthusiasm and encouragement for its future.
Richard is survived by a son, Paul.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 06:48 PM

I feel like I was blessed to meet him at my first convention that I attended. It was so slow so I had the chance to talk with him for well over 30 minutes. He seemed very genuine and caring. He will be missed.
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Posted 07 February 2017 - 06:50 PM

RIP Richard Hatch, he was the heart of BSG.
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Posted 07 February 2017 - 07:28 PM

I'm a bit personally devastated. I've met Hatch many times at many conventions over the years, and he was a genuinely NICE man. He was very generous with his time, and always made time to talk with fans. I just saw him last July at Comic Con in San Diego, and at a local shopping center there when I snuck away from the convention to see "Star Trek Beyond"; he saw me and waved. That he would even remember me was indicative of the kind of man he was. I'm still saddened speaking of him in the past tense.

This is a horrible day. A beacon of the fan community is gone. :adama-pancarte001:
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Posted 07 February 2017 - 10:32 PM

RIP Richard Hatch.
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Posted 07 February 2017 - 11:58 PM

I posted this on my Instagram feed; an image I took of Hatch from 2013 WonderCon in Anaheim:

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 07:45 AM

I'm quite surprised by it- and to learn of his cancer. He was active to the end :(
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Posted 08 February 2017 - 05:47 PM

I will never forget Richard for as long as I live I'm still heartbroken RIP Richard may the Lords of Kobol welcome you with open arms So Say We All Thumbfigher I love you Richard Hatch.

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 12:05 AM

My own personal tribute to Richard Hatch: https://musingsofami...star-galactica/
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