Richard Hatch was born May 21, 1945 and passed away on Died: February 7, 2017.
Richard Lawrence Hatch was an American actor, writer, and producer best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, and also as Tom Zarek in the 2003 remake of Battlestar Galactica.
Hatch began working in television in 1970 when he starred as Philip Brent in the daytime soap opera All My Children, a role he played for two years. In the following years, he made guest appearances in prime time series such as Cannon; Nakia; Barnaby Jones; Hawaii Five-O; and The Waltons; as well as appearing in several made-for-TV movies such as The Hatfields and the McCoys with Jack Palance; Addie and the King of Hearts with Jason Robards; Last of the Belles with Susan Sarandon; and the 1978 television movie Deadman’s Curve, in which he portrayed Jan Berry of the musical duo Jan and Dean, alongside Bruce Davison as Dean Torrence.
In 1976, Hatch gained his first major television role as Inspector Dan Robbins on the detective series The Streets of San Francisco, as the replacement for Michael Douglas, who had acted out Inspector Steve Keller in the series, but had resigned from the cast that year. Though the role was for only one season, Hatch won Germany’s Bravo Youth Magazine Award for the role. Following this, he had a recurring role on the series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, also for one season.
In 1978, Hatch gained a starring role in Glen A. Larson’s sci-fi series, Battlestar Galactica (1978), which aired for a single season before its high cost motivated its premature cancellation by ABC-TV. Hatch was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the role.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Hatch made guest appearances on such series as Hotel; Murder, She Wrote; The Love Boat; Fantasy Island; Baywatch; Dynasty; and MacGyver. In 1990, Hatch returned to daytime soap operas and appeared on Santa Barbara. originating the character Steven Slade. In his next prominent role, he appeared as the rebel Tom Zarek in the re-imagined version of Battlestar Galactica, in which he made semi-regular appearances from 2004 to 2009.
In 2013, Hatch made a guest appearance in an adult-oriented episode of The Eric Andre Show on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
Hatch made several low-key theatrical film releases, including Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981) and Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983). An abridged version of the pilot episode of Battlestar Galactica was released in cinemas, initially overseas and then for a limited run in the U.S., as was a sequel film, Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack, which was also made from episodes of the series. He starred with Leif Garrett in Party Line (1988) and with Arte Johnson in Second Chance (1996).
Alongside his attempts to revive the original Battlestar Galactica, Hatch created his own space opera entitled The Great War of Magellan.
Hatch appeared in InAlienable, a 2008 science fiction film written and produced by Walter Koenig. In 2011, Hatch worked on a new reality TV series called Who the Frak?, which he created and appeared in as himself. The series was touted as “the world’s first social network reality drama.” In 2012–13, Hatch appeared in the web series The Silicon Assassin Project. In 2013, he ventured into the Steampunk genre, starring in the short film Cowboys & Engines alongside Malcolm McDowell and Walter Koenig. In 2014, he played the Klingon Commander Kharn in the Star Trek fan film Prelude To Axanar and was to appear in the subsequent fan production Star Trek: Axanar in 2015.
In his final performance, Hatch played director Haskell Edwards in the film “Diminuendo,” which wrapped a few months before he learned of his illness. Hatch was able to see a rough cut of the film before he died, and a work-in-progress screening was held as a memorial shortly after his death. “Diminuendo” had its world premiere at the 20th Annual Sarasota Film Festival on April 20, 2018
Hatch died on February 7, 2017, of pancreatic cancer, while he was under hospice care in Los Angeles, at the age of 71.
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