As we're all still absorbing the sad news of actor Richard Hatch's passing on Tuesday at the age of 71, it's also a time to celebrate the wonderful television moments he created that will resonate within our hearts forever.
Hatch was best known for playing Commander Adama's swashbuckling Viper pilot son, Captain Apollo, alongside Dirk Benedict's Lieutenant Starbuck on Glen A. Larson's original Battlestar Galactica series, which ran for one season from 1978-79 on ABC. He later appeared in the Ronald D. Moore re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica on Syfy starting in 2005 in the role of Tom Zarek, a former terrorist and political activist vying for power amid the humanity's brutal war with Baltar and the Cylons.
Throughout the dozens of episodes he appeared in from both series, Hatch was the consummate professional and an enthusiastic sci-fi aficionado, even writing six entertaining Battlestar Galactica novels that expanded the '70s show's mythology into new frontiers.
"In my case, Battlestar Galactica was a milestone," Hatch once commented. "It afforded me the opportunity to live out my childhood dreams and fantasies. Hurtling through space with reckless abandon, playing the dashing hero, battling Cylons, monsters and super-villains -- what more could a man want? During the almost one year of filming, the cast and crew became very good friends. When you consider the fact that we worked six days a week and up to almost 16 hours a day, I find it amazing that there were no major fights or disagreements between anyone.
"All in all, I feel proud and honored to have been a part of such a fun and highly entertaining show. Glen Larson is to be commended for his visionary story of a rag-tag fleet in search of a mythical planet called Earth. I still feel that our story is no more a rip-off of Star Wars than a western film is derivative of every other western film. Our show was inspired by Star Wars, but it definitely had its own unique characters' flavor and point of view.
"I personally love the story. Star Wars blew me away, the universal theme of good vs. evil is always compelling, but the story of humankind's search of its ancient heritage struck an even more powerful chord within me. I believe deep down inside us all we're asking the universal questions of who we are, where did we come from and how did we evolve?"
Here are ten compelling highlights of Richard Hatch's time with Glen A. Larson's original Battlestar Galactica and the Ronald D. Moore-led Syfy reboot. Blast back to the past and tell us which episodes you remember him for most.