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Richard Hatch
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Hatch in a publicity photo for The Streets of San Francisco (1977)
Richard Lawrence Hatch

(1945-05-21)May 21, 1945
DiedFebruary 7, 2017(2017-02-07) (aged 71)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathPancreatic cancer
OccupationsActor, writer, producer
Years active1970–2015
WebsiteOfficial website

Richard Lawrence Hatch (May 21, 1945 – February 7, 2017) was an American actor, writer, and producer. Hatch began his career as a stage actor, before moving on to television work in the 1970s. Hatch is best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series.

Hatch led an effort to revive the series. However his vision was ultimately passed over in favour of Ronald D. Moore's re-imagined Battlestar Galactica in which Hatch guest starred as Tom Zarek.


Early career[]

Hatch began his theatrical career with the Los Angeles Repertory Theater, as well as shows in Chicago and Off-Broadway.[1]


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Karen Lynn Gorney and Hatch in All My Children

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. For some years, he then made guest appearances in primetime 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 McCoys with Jack Palance, Addie and the King of Hearts with Jason Robards, Last of the Belles with Susan Sarandon, and the 1978 TV movie Deadman's Curve in which he portrayed Jan Berry of the musical duo Jan and Dean.[2]

In 1976, Hatch gained his first major television role as Inspector Dan Robbins on the detective series The Streets of San Francisco, a replacement for Michael Douglas (who played Insp. Steve Keller) who had left the series that year[citation needed] Though the role was only for one season, Hatch won Germany's Bravo Youth Magazine Award for the role.[3] Following this, he had a recurring role on the series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, also for one season. By this time, Hatch had become something of a pin-up model and regularly appeared in teen-oriented magazines such as Teen Beat, 16 magazine, and Tiger Beat.[2]

Hatch then gained a starring role in Glen A. Larson's sci-fi series, Battlestar Galactica (1978), which aired for a single season before cancellation. Hatch was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the role.[3][2]

Throughout the 1980s, Hatch made guest appearances on such series as Hotel; Murder, She Wrote; The Love Boat; and Fantasy Island. In 1984, he appeared in several episodes of Dynasty, which was at the top of the ratings at the time. In 1990, Hatch returned to daytime soap operas and appeared on Santa Barbara, originating the character Steven Slade. He continued to make guest appearances on prime time series such as Jake and the Fatman and Baywatch, but roles were becoming few and far between.[citation needed] His next prominent role would be as Tom Zarek in the reimagined version of Battlestar Galactica, in which he made semi-regular appearances from 2004 to 2009.[2]


Hatch has made several low-key theatrical film releases, including Best Friends (1975), Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981), and Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983).[citation needed] 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.[4][5] He starred with Leif Garrett in Party Line (1988).

Battlestar Galactica revival attempt[]

Hatch attempted to revive Battlestar Galactica. In the 1990s, he began writing novels based on the series, and also wrote, co-directed and executive-produced a trailer called The Second Coming in the hopes of enticing Universal Studios (the rights holders for the franchise) into producing a new series that would have been a direct continuation of the original 1978 series (ignoring the events of the failed spin-off Galactica 1980, in which Hatch did not appear). Original actors John Colicos (Baltar), Terry Carter (Col. Tigh) and Jack Stauffer (Bojay) appeared in the trailer with Hatch. Although the trailer won acclaim at science-fiction conventions, Universal was not interested in Hatch's vision to revive Battlestar Galactica, and instead opted for a remake, rather than the sequel for which Hatch had campaigned. Hatch, who reportedly remortgaged his house to make the trailer, was bitterly disappointed by this turn of events and was highly critical of the prospective new series.[6]


Hatch at Gatecon 2005

In 2004, he stated to Sci-Fi Pulse that he had felt resentment over the failure of his planned Galactica continuation and was left "exhausted and sick ... I had, over the past several years, bonded deeply with the original characters and story ... writing the novels and the comic books and really campaigning to bring back the show".[7]

Battlestar Galactica re-imagining[]

Despite his resentment, Hatch developed a respect for Ronald D. Moore, the new series' writer and producer, when Moore appeared as a featured guest at Galacticon (the Battlestar Galactica 25th anniversary convention, hosted by Hatch) and answered questions posed by a very hostile audience.[7] Later, in 2004, Hatch was offered a recurring role in the new Battlestar Galactica series, which he accepted. He played Tom Zarek, a terrorist turned politician who spent twenty years in prison for blowing up a government building. After Zarek's death, Hatch commented that "never did I play this character as a villain nor did I think he was one and I still feel that way", and that he considered the character to be a principled figure who is driven to violence after being "blocked in every way possible" by Roslin and Adama.[citation needed] "Zarek, Adama and Roslin all wanted power for the same reason, to make a positive difference".[8]

Other work[]

Alongside his attempts to revive the original Battlestar Galactica, Hatch created his own space opera entitled The Great War of Magellan.[9]

Hatch portrayed Jan Berry in the 1978 television biopic "Deadman's Curve", which depicted the lives of rock and roll sensations, Jan and Dean. Hatch also 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.[10] 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.[11] Hatch also made numerous television commercials and performed a variety of voice-overs.[citation needed]


Hatch died on February 7, 2017 from pancreatic cancer under hospice care in Los Angeles, aged 71.[1][12]

Battlestar Galactica bibliography[]

With various co-authors, Hatch wrote a series of seven tie-in novels set in the original Battlestar Galactica universe.[citation needed]

  1. Armageddon (August 1, 1997)[13]
  2. Warhawk (September 1, 1998)[14]
  3. Resurrection (July 1, 2001)[15]
  4. Rebellion (July 1, 2002)[16]
  5. Paradis (July 1, 2003)[17]
  6. Destiny (June 29, 2004)[18]
  7. Redemption (November 25, 2005)[19]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Feldman, Kate (February 7, 2017). ""Richard Hatch, 'Battlestar Galactica' star, dead at 71"". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Richard Hatch on IMDb
  3. 3.0 3.1 " Home of Richard Hatch". Richard Hatch Enterprises, Su-Shann Productions. 2003. Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
  4. Battlestar Galactica at Rotten Tomatoes
  5. Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack at Rotten Tomatoes
  6. Liptak, Andrew (7 February 2017). "Battlestar Galactica actor Richard Hatch has died". The Verge. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Cullen, Ian (October 28, 2004). "Hatch Talks About His New Role & His Future Plans". Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  8. Ryan, Maureen (February 9, 2009). "Richard Hatch speaks out about 'Battlestar Galactica's' Tom Zarek". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  9. "The Great War of Magellan". Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  10. Schleicher, Stephen (July 15, 2013). "SDCC '13: Cowboys and Engines debuts trailer at convention". Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  11. Profile,; accessed July 7, 2015.
  12. Richard Hatch, Star Of Battlestar Galactica, Dies at 71 - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News
  13. Hatch, Richard; Golden, Christopher (1998). Battlestar Galactica : armageddon. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 9780671011918.
  14. Hatch, Richard; Golden, Christopher (1998). Battlestar Galactica : warhawk. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 9780671011901.
  15. Hatch, Richard; Timmons, Stan (2003). Resurrection. New York: Ibooks. ISBN 9780743458627.
  16. Hatch, Richard; Rodgers, Alan (2002). Rebellion. New York: ibooks. ISBN 9780743445030.
  17. Hatch, Richard; Linaweaver, Brad (2003). Battlestar Galactica : Paradis. New York: Ibooks. ISBN 9780743474412.
  18. Hatch, Richard; Linaweaver, Brad (2004). Destiny. New York: Ibooks. ISBN 9780743486859.
  19. Hatch, Richard; Linaweaver, Brad (2005). Battlestar Galactica : redemption. New York: iBooks. ISBN 9781596871199.

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