TV actor Richard Hatch, best known as Captain Apollo in the Battlestar Galactica series, has died after suffering from pancreatic cancer

Tributes have poured in for actor Richard Hatch, best known for his role on sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, after his death from cancer.

The 71-year-old died with his son Paul by his side following a battle with pancreatic cancer, his manager Michael Kaliski said.

Hatch played Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, which ran from 1978 to 1979, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance on the show.

Richard Hatch (Dave Allocca/StarPix/REX/Shutterstock)
Richard Hatch (Dave Allocca/StarPix/REX/Shutterstock)

He also appeared in the rebooted version of the show from 2004 to 2009, portraying a different character, Tom Zarek.

Following news of his death, Star Trek actor George Takei tweeted: ‘rest with the galactic stars, Richard Hatch.’

His family posted this statement on Facebook:

Ronald D Moore, who created the rebooted version of Battlestar Galactica, added:

Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, also paid tribute:

Edward James Olmos, who starred in the Battlestar Galactica reboot, added:

Hatch’s other acting work included an early role on All My Children in 1971 and appearances on Dynasty, The Love Boat, Santa Barbara and Baywatch.