Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch

Highest Rated: 33% Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)

Lowest Rated: 32% Battlestar Galactica (1979)

Birthday: May 21, 1945

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

Although he starred in the show for only one season, television actor Richard Hatch anointed himself the ambassador to cult sci-fi series "Battlestar: Galactica" (ABC 1978). 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 SciFi Channel. Richard 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 daytime soap opera "All My Children" (ABC 1970-2011), where he played the role of Philip Brent. He went on to star in the Civil War-era drama "The Hatfields and The McCoys" (ABC, 1975) before playing Detective Dan Robbins in the cop drama "The Streets of San Francisco" (ABC 1972-77) after series star Michael Douglas departed in 1976. He also played '60s pop singer Jan Berry in an acclaimed TV movie on the duo Jan and Dean, "Deadman's Curve" (CBS 1978). Hatch next took the part of Capt. Apollo in "Battlestar: Galactica," a 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 as 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 on TV series throughout the 1980s and '90s, as well as co-starring in a number of low-budget action, thriller and sci-fi features, such as "Heated Vengeance" (1985), "Delta Force Commando II" (1991) and "Unseen Evil" (1999). 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 SciFi's critically hailed and highly rated re-launch "Battlestar Galactica" (SciFi 2004-09) was 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). Continuing his work in science fiction, Hatch co-starred in "InAlienable" (2008), written and produced by fellow fan favorite Walter Koenig, and appeared in several shorts and fan-made shoestring features. Richard Hatch died of pancreatic cancer on February 7, 2017.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 29% Asylum of Darkness Dr. Shaker (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Enchanted Cottage Mr. Bradshaw (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chatter Nate Terry (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Season of Darkness Dr. Shaker (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead by Friday Father Anthony (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2012
No Score Yet 22% The Little Match Makers Officer Candy (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 29% InAlienable Dr. Eric Norris (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rain Makers Unknown (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rude Edward (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 14% Unseen Evil Dr. Peter Jensen (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 12% The Ghost Edward (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Thunder Nelson (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Second Chance Mitch (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Delta Force Commando II Delta Force Leader Brett Haskell (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 38% Ghetto Blaster Travis (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Platoon Unknown (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Party Line Dan (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 40% Heated Vengeance Hoffman (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Third Cry Unknown (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 15% Prisoners of the Lost Universe Dan (Character) - 1983
33% 32% Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen Lee Chan, Jr. (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hustler of Muscle Beach Nick Demec (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 71% Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack Capt. Apollo (Character) - 1979
32% 61% Battlestar Galactica Capt. Apollo (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Curse of the Cylons Unknown (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Phantom in Space Unknown (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lost Planet of the Gods Unknown (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Space Casanova Capt. Apollo (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Experiment in Terra Unknown (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Greetings From Earth Unknown (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Living Legend Unknown (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gun on Ice Planet Zero Unknown (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in Space Unknown (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadman's Curve Jan Berry (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 83% The Hatfields and the McCoys Johnse Hatfield (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 11% Best Friends Jesse (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 0% F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Last of the Belles Bill Knowles (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crime Club Hugh London (Character) - 1973

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Collection Intervention Guest 2012
96% 92% Battlestar Galactica Tom Zarek (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2005-2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Son of the Beach Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baywatch Tom (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1987 1985 1983
No Score Yet 81% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Riptide Unknown (Character) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Finder of Lost Loves Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet 100% Battlestar Galactica Capt. Apollo (Character) 1978-1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Inspector Dan Robbins (Character) 1976-1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Lyle Barry (Guest Star) 1975 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1974-1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1975 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sixth Sense Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Unknown (Guest Star) 1972

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