Richard Hatch

Actor, Theater director, Writer
Although he starred in the show for only one season, television actor Richard Hatch annointed himself the ambassador to cult sci fi series "Battlestar: Galactica. " After years of trying to resurrect interest in the ... Read more »
Born: 05/21/1945 in Santa Monica, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Unseen Evil 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Iron Thunder 1997 (Movie)

Nelson (Actor)

Renaissance 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Santa Barbara 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Bar 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Delta Force Commando 2 1990 (Movie)

Delta Force Leader Brett Haskell (Actor)

Mal d'Africa 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ghettoblaster 1988 (Movie)

Travis (Actor)

Party Line 1988 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

New Love American Style 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Chance Cafe 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Heated Vengeance 1985 (Movie)

Hoffman (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

Prisoners of the Lost Universe 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen 1980 (Movie)

Lee Chan Jr (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack 1980 (Movie)

Captain Apollo (Actor)

The Celebrity Football Classic 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars V 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars VI 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Battlestar Galactica 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nightengales 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Battlestar Galactica 1978 (Movie)

Captain Apollo (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Fernwood 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars I 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Addie and the King of Hearts 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Best Friends 1974 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

Crime Club (TV Show)

Actor

Deadman's Curve (TV Show)

Actor

The Hustler of Muscle Beach (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Although he starred in the show for only one season, television actor Richard Hatch annointed himself the ambassador to cult sci fi series "Battlestar: Galactica. " After years of trying to resurrect interest in the idea, through novels and a self-produced short film, Hatch was rewarded with a recurring part on the show's new incarnation on the Sci Fi Channel.

Hatch was born in Santa Monica, California, and although he studied piano as a child, his primary interest was sports. It wasn't until a high school presentation on the assassination of President Kennedy that he developed a leaning toward performing. After attending Harbor College in San Pedro, Calif., he joined a Los Angeles repertory theater company, with whom he traveled to New York City. He performed in off-Broadway plays such as "Song of Walt Whitman" and "Young Rebels," and directed as well.

In 1970, Hatch made his television debut on the ABC daytime soap opera "All My Children," where he played the role of Philip Brent. He went on to star in the Civil-War-era drama "The Hatfields & The McCoys," (ABC, 1975). Soon thereafter, he played Detective Dan Robbins in the ABC cop drama "The Streets of San Francisco" after series star Michael Douglas departed in 1976.

Hatch took the part of Capt. Apollo in "Battlestar: Galactica," an ABC sci-fi series created by prolific producer Glen A. Larson. The premise - a wagon train of humans, fleeing from evil Cylon robots, embark on a interstellar quest to find Earth - was created a decade earlier, but the special-effects filled show capitalized on the burgeoning interest in science fiction at the time thanks to movies like "Star Wars." (1977).

Hatch's noble, earnest Apollo complemented the reckless demeanor of co-star Dirk Benedict's Starbuck, and meshed with Lorne Greene's stately performance of Adama, his father. But the expensive show began to slide in the ratings, and it was cancelled after its first year. Hatch's character did not figure into a re-conceived version, "Galactica: 1980," which also didn't survive long. Hatch went on to countless guest starring roles, continuing his ABC trend with appearances on "The Love Boat," "Dynasty" and "MacGyver." He then took parts in a number of low-profile action, thriller and sci-fi genre features, such as "Heated Vengeance" (1985), "Delta Force Commando II" (1991) and "Unseen Evil" (1999). By 2000, however, the name "Richard Hatch" was more closely associated with the Machiavellian nudist who won $1 million on American television's first "Survivor" season than the former sci fi icon.

A mainstay at sci fi conventions Hatch noted an ongoing interest in "Galactica," and penned a trilogy of novels based on characters and events from the show. The books were successful enough to spur continued installments, and Hatch went on to write a comic book series based on the show as well.

As nostalgia for the show and remakes in general began to rise, Hatch spearheaded an effort to re-launch the show, and financed a four-minute "trailer," including some former stars of the show and featuring computer-generated effects, to entice Hollywood. Although Sci Fi's critically hailed and highly rated re-launch of the show was completely independent of Hatch and his efforts, he did land a recurring part as the once-incarcerated, charismatic political figure Tom Zarek for his commitment to keeping the franchise alive. Initially written as an homage to Hatch, thanks to the actor's strong performance Zarek became a key figure on the series, posing a decided political threat for President Roslin (Mary McDonnell).

Relationships

Karen Cooper Casting Associate

Companion
had eight year relationship which ended c. 1994

Paul Hatch

Son

Sophie LaPorte

Companion

Jo Marie Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

Harbor College

San Pedro , California

Milestones

2004

Landed recurring part as the once-incarcerated, charismatic political figure Tom Zarek for his commitment to keeping the franchise alive

1999

Financed a four-minute ‘trailer’ of "Battlestar: Galactica" for the networks, in an effort to re-launch the show

1999

Played a college professor blinded by greed in "Unseen Evil"

1991

Cast as a Delta Force Leader in the action feature, "Delta Force Commando II"

1990

Cast in the NBC daytime soap, "Santa Barbara" as Steven Slade

1985

Played a Vietnam war veteran in "Heated Vengeance"

1984

Had a brief recurring role on the ABC drama, "Dynasty"

1978

Portrayed Captain Apollo in "Battlestar: Galactica," an ABC sci-fi series created by prolific producer Glen A. Larson

1976

Joined the cast of the ABC cop drama "The Streets of San Francisco" replacing series star Michael Douglas

1975

Starred in the Civil-War-era drama "The Hatfields & The McCoys" (ABC)

1969

Made TV debut on the ABC daytime soap opera "All My Children," playing the role of Philip Brent

Performed in and directed the off-Broadway plays, "Song of Walt Whitman" and "Young Rebels"

Wrote a comic book series based on "Battlestar: Galactica"

Penned a trilogy of novels based on characters and events from the show, "Battlestar: Galactica"

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