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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Remembering Richard Hatch 1945 - 2017

Actor Richard Hatch, who died Tuesday at age 71, was best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the 1978-79 ABC sci-fi series, Battlestar Galactica, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama. He also played the recurring character of Tom Zarek in the 2004-09 reboot of the show. Other television credits include All My Children (1970-72), The Streets of San Francisco (1976-77), Forever Fernwood (1977), Dynasty (1984-85) and Santa Barbara (1990).

Hatch also appeared in such films as Best Friends (1975), Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981), Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983) and Party Line (1988).

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Mr. Hatch's life and career.

He played Phil Brent on All My Children. Below you can watch him in a 1970 episode with Rosemary Prinz and Karen Lynn Gorney.

He starred in the 1975 film, Best Friends.

He replaced Michael Douglas on the final season (1976-77) of ABC's The Streets of San Francisco. Below you can watch his first two episodes as Inspector Dan Robbins featuring guest stars Patty Duke Astin, Susan Dey, Norman Fell, Anthony Geary, Doris Roberts, Marion Ross and Dick Van Patten.

He played singer Jan Berry (opposite Bruce Davison's Dean Torrence) in the 1978 CBS biographical film, Deadman's Curve.

He played The Hustler of Muscle Beach, a 1980 ABC movie.

He played movie producer Stephen Slade on NBC's Santa Barbara in 1990.

He was featured in the 2004 documentary, Remembering Battlestar Galactica.

He won an Indie Series Award as Best Guest Actor in a Drama for a 2014 episode of the web series, Pairings.


joel65913 said...

I know his main claim to fame is Battlestar Galactica but I never watched that. Too me he will eternally be the very handsome Philip Brent to Karen Lynn Gorney's Tara on All My Children. I was completely hooked on their story one summer vacation! I just saw him last week in a rerun of Room 222 in an episode called "The Quitter" as a champion swimmer who had grown weary of the pressure of competition and stopped mid-race.

I've always tried to consciously keep any connection between him and that jackass Survivor person with the same name as separate as possible.

Marc Harshbarger said...

It is unfortunate that that other "Richard Hatch" became so famous thanks to reality TV!