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Richard Hatch Biography

Birth Name:
Richard Lawrence Hatch
Birth Place:
Santa Monica, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • 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


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


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