The actor who played Capt. Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica series in the late seventies has past away after loosing a fight again pancreatic cancer. He returned to the series as Sagittaron Terrorist turned politician Tom Zarek. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Capt. Apollo but was beaten by Michael Moriarty for his role in holocaust.
You can take the actor out of the series but you can't take the series out of the actor. Richard stayed loyal to the series and penned a number of books on Battlestar Galactica called Armageddon, Resurrection and Rebellion. He attempted to get the series back in the nineties, creating a demo vid but wasn't picked up by the studios. It wasn't until the Star Wars prequels that interest in the series rose again.