Actor Richard Hatch, who starred in the original Battlestar Galactica movie and the TV series, died on Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

Hatch played space fighter pilot Captain Apollo in the original series, which aired from 1978-1979. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a television drama series for that role. The show was canceled after one season.

He portrayed a different character, Tom Zarek, in the 2004-2009 re-imagined series. It was a recurring role in which he played a terrorist turned politician.

Hatch also worked steadily on popular TV series including Dynasty, The Love Boat and Baywatch.

Variety reports that Hatch also wrote five original Battlestar novels and became a popular fixture at comic book and sci-fi events.

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