- 5' 11"
- Santa Monica
Richard Hatch (born Richard Lawrence Hatch on May 21, 1945 in Santa Monica, California) was an American actor, writer, and producer best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, in addition to playing Tom Zarek in the 2003 remake of the show of the same name. Richard began his career in theater. He started at the Los Angeles Repertory Theater in the late 1960s and starred in several Off Broadway plays and musicals. In 1970, the actor moved to television and starred as Philip Brent in the daytime soap opera All My Children, where played the same role for two years. Richard also made guest appearances in series such as Cannon, Hawaii Five-O, and The Waltons. He gained his first major role in 1978 with Battlestar Galactica, in which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Although the series only ran for a single season, Richard attempted to revive Battlestar and even wrote novels based on the series. Unfortunately, a revival was picked up in 2004 by a different writer and producer, but Richard was still offered a role in which he accepted. The years that followed, Richard created his own space opera, The Great War of Magellan and appeared in other small sci-fi projects. The beloved actor died on February 7, 2017 from pancreatic cancer. He was 71.
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Richard was best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series.
There are mixed reports on the history of Richard’s personal life. He allegedly was previously married to Jo Marie Hatch, but there is also evidence that he had a relationship with American TV personality, Tracy Richman in 1980.