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  • Studied classical piano at age 8; dreamed of being an Olympic pole vaulter in his youth.
  • Was painfully shy in college but when he stood up in front of an English class and read an article about the recent assassination of President John F. Kennedy, he was encouraged by some of his peers to try acting.
  • Took an acting class in Hollywood to overcome his insecurities.
  • Replaced Michael Douglas on The Streets of San Francisco in 1976.
  • Big break came in 1978 when he was cast as Captain Apollo on Battlestar Galactica.
  • Is the only actor to appear on the original Battlestar Galactica series and the 2004 reboot.
  • Wrote a series of Battlestar Galactica novels.


  • 1979, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee


  • Jo Marie Hatch — Ex-wife
  • Paul Michael Hatch — Son


  • Attended Los Angeles Harbor College, Wilmington, California, United States


  • Birth Name: Richard Lawrence Hatch
  • Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, United States
  • Died: February 7, 2017
  • Profession: Actor

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