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Richard Hatch, Star of Battlestar Galactica, Dies at 71: Report

BY NATALIE STONE@NATALIE_J_STONE

UPDATED FEBRUARY 7, 2017 AT 7:02PM EST

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Richard Hatch, the star of Battlestar Galactica, has reportedly died, according to TMZ. He was 71.

According to TMZ, Hatch entered hospice care a few weeks back and battled pancreatic cancer.

Born in Santa Monica, California, Hatch was widely known for his starring role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica (1978-79) series and as Tom Zarek in the revived Battlestar Galactica (2004-09).

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In 1979, Hatch received a best actor Golden Globe nomination for his leading role in Battlestar Galactica.

Other notable roles include his roles as Stephen Slade on Santa Barbara (1990) and as Silicon Assassin in The Silicon Assassin Project (2012-12).

He is survived by his son, Paul Michael Hatch.

A rep for Hatch did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Terry Carter (left) as Col. Tigh, with Adama (Lorne Greene), in Battlestar Galactica (1978). You can see a bandage on Carter’s left foot in this photo.

Carter was originally cast as Boomer, but an injury to his foot (done while roller-skating IIRC) prevented him from taking the role. Producer Glen Larson still wanted Carter, so he cast him as Tigh, which Carter thought was a better part. In other scenes, they put something black over the cast to disguise it.