Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Richard Hatch, who played Captain Apollo in the original “Battlestar Galactica” as well as Tom Zarek in the reboot, talks to the media Utah’s first Salt Lake Comic Con at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. “Battlestar Galactica” actor Jack Stauffer will host a panel dedicated to his friend and colleague Richard Hatch at the 2017 Salt Lake Comic Con.
SALT LAKE CITY — The buddy and the heartthrob.
That’s how veteran TV actor Jack Stauffer described himself and his good friend and fellow “Battlestar Galactica” actor Richard Hatch, who passed away in February of this year.
“Richard and I always had a synergy that I always kind of laughed at,” Stauffer said. “Richard was the leading man and the hearthrob. I was the best friend. It’s sort of the way it worked out. I accepted it very early on, and it allowed us to remain friends.”
Stauffer will host a tribute to the late Battlestar Galactica actor and superfan at the 2017 Salt Lake Comic Con on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the panel “So Say We All: A Tribute to Richard Hatch.”
Hatch, who played Captain Apollo in the original 1978 “Battlestar Galactica” series and Tom Zarek in the reimagined 2004 series, was originally slated to appear alongside Stauffer at Salt Lake Comic Con this year, but passed away Feb. 7.
Stauffer, best known for his role as Lieutenant Bojay in the original “Battlestar Galactica,” will recall memories and experiences the two shared over their 40-plus years as friends.
‘The Second Coming’
Stauffer said Hatch was likely Battlestar Galactica’s greatest advocate — writing seven original novels based on the series and pushing for the series’ return to TV in 2004.
“Richard had a passion for Galactica,” Stauffer said. “He wrote the books — he wrote the comics — and in 1998, Richard came to me and said, ‘I want to try to make a trailer to see if we can get somebody interested in remaking the show. Would you help me?'”
The two quickly began work on the fan trailer “Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming.”