Richard Hatch Biography


Birthday: May 21, 1945 (Gemini)

Born In: Santa Monica, California, United States

Richard Lawrence Hatch, popularly known as Richard Hatch, is an internationally acclaimed American actor, producer, director, and writer. Hatch started his career as a stage actor with the ‘Los Angeles Repertory Theater,’ appearing in shows in Chicago and also in ‘Off-Broadway’ productions. He then moved on to the world of TV in the 1970s, with the daytime soap opera ‘All My Children.’ Over the next few years, the actor appeared in a number of guest/small roles in numerous TV series, such as ‘Cannon,’ ‘Nakia,’ ‘Barnaby Jones,’ ‘Hawaii Five-O,’ and ‘The Waltons.’ He rose to prominence when he replaced veteran actor Michael Douglas in the detective series ‘The Streets of San Francisco’ and began portraying ‘Inspector Dan Robbins’ in it. However, he is most popular for his role as ‘Captain Apollo’ in the science-fiction TV series ‘Battlestar Galactica’ (1978–1979). Hatch died of pancreatic cancer on February 7, 2017, at the age of 71.
Quick Facts

Also Known As: Richard Lawrence Hatch

Died At Age: 71


father: John Raymond Hatch

mother: Elizabeth Hatch (née White)

children: Paul Michael Hatch

Born Country: United States

Actors Writers

Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Males

Died on: February 7, 2017

place of death: Los Angeles, California, United States

Cause of Death: Pancreatic Cancer

U.S. State: California

City: Santa Monica, California

Childhood & Early life
Born on May 21, 1945, in Santa Monica, California, Hatch was the youngest child of John Raymond Hatch and Elizabeth Hatch. He grew up with four other siblings. During his high-school days, the actor aspired to become an athlete and wanted to represent his country in the ‘Olympics,’ as a pole vaulter.
Hatch was in college when President John F Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The incident played a pivotal role in the actor’s life. It transformed Hatch from a shy person to a confident one, as he felt motivated to speak about the incident in public. He subsequently enrolled himself at the ‘Eric Morris Actors' Workshop.’ Elliot Mince had advised him to hone his acting skills.
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In 1970, Richard Hatch began his TV career with the role of ‘Philip Brent’ in the daytime soap opera ‘All My Children.’ He played the role for 2 years.
From 1971 to 1975, Hatch guest-appeared in a number of primetime series, such as ‘Cannon,’ ‘Nakia,’ ‘Barnaby Jones,’ ‘Hawaii Five-O,’ and ‘The Waltons.’ He also appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies, such as ‘The Hatfields and the McCoys,’ ‘Addie and the King of Hearts,’ and ‘Last of the Belles,’ sharing screen space with stalwarts such as Jack Palance, Jason Robards, and Susan Sarandon.
In 1976, Hatch got his first major TV break, in the detective series ‘The Streets of San Francisco.’ He portrayed the role of ‘Inspector Dan Robbins,’ replacing Michael Douglas. He acted in only one season of the series, but he won Germany's ‘Bravo Youth Magazine Award’ for the role. It also fetched him a recurring role in the TV series ‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’ for a season.
In 1978, Hatch gained his most famous role, fighter pilot ‘Captain Apollo,’ in the first ‘Battlestar Galactica’ series, aired on ‘ABC.’ This role helped Hatch get a nomination for a ‘Golden Globe Award.’ However, due to high cost of the show, it was canceled by ‘ABC’ only after the first season. The same year, he also appeared in the role of ‘Jan Berry’ in the movie ‘Deadman's Curve.’
In 1981, Hatch essayed the role of ‘Lee Chan, Jr.’ in the comedy–mystery film ‘Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen.’
In 1983, Hatch played the role of ‘Dan Roebuck’ in the low-budget science-fiction film ‘Prisoners of the Lost Universe.’
In 1984, Hatch appeared in the first season of the American crime drama ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ portraying the role of ‘Terry Jones’ in the episode ‘Deadly Lady.’ He also appeared in a recurring role in the TV series ‘Dynasty.’
In 1985, Hatch appeared in the movie ‘Terror on London Bridge.’ He also portrayed the role of ‘Tom Whitlaw’ in the American comedy/drama TV series ‘The Love Boat,’ appearing in the episodes ‘Vicki's Gentleman Caller,’ ‘Partners to the End,’ and ‘The Perfect Arrangement.’
In 1988, Hatch played the role of detective ‘Dan’ in the independent slasher film ‘Party Line,’ sharing screen space with Leif Garrett. He also played the role of ‘Costa’ in the Italian–American film based on the Vietnam War, ‘Last Platoon’.
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In 1989, Hatch essayed the role of ‘Travis,’ the central character in the action–drama film ‘Ghetto Blaster.’
In between acting, in the 1980s, he also taught and participated in self-confidence seminars.
In 1990, he bagged a recurring role in the TV series ‘Santa Barbara.’ The series featured him as ‘Steven Slade.’ He also appeared in the TV series ‘Baywatch.’
In 1996, Hatch appeared in the movie ‘Second Chance,’ which featured him as ‘Mitch.’
Hatch appeared in the science-fiction movie ‘Iron Thunder,’ as ‘Colonel Nelson’ in 1998
In 1999, he portrayed ‘Commander Apollo’ again, in the pilot film ‘Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming,’ a proposed new ‘Battlestar Galactica’ TV series. Hatch also worked as a co-writer, an executive producer, and a co-director of the film.
Hatch appeared as ‘Edward’ in the movie ‘The Ghost’ in 2001.
In 2008, Hatch appeared in the science-fiction film ‘InAlienable,’ as its central character, ‘Dr. Eric Norris.’ The movie had horror and comic elements, too.
Hatch appeared as ‘Officer Candy’ in the movie ‘The Little Match Makers’ in 2011.
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In 2013, he made a guest appearance in an adult-oriented episode of ‘The Eric Andre Show’ on ‘Cartoon Network's ‘Adult Swim.’
In 2014, Hatch portrayed the role of ‘Kharn,’ the ‘Klingon’ warlord,’ in the fan-made short film ‘Prelude to Axanar.’ Set in the ‘Star Trek’ universe, it was a documentary-style film, describing the events revolving around the ‘Battle of Axanar,’ a major clash between the ‘Federation’ and the ‘Klingons.’ The project was not completed due to legal issues with ‘Paramount Pictures.’
Hatch appeared as ‘Nate Terry’ in the thriller film ‘Chatter’ in 2015.
In 2016, he appeared in ‘The Enchanted Cottage,’ a romantic retelling of Sir Arthur Wing Pinero's classic play, which featured him as ‘Mr. Bradshaw.’ He also appeared in the movie ‘Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel.’
In 2017, Hatch appeared as ‘Dr. Shaker’ in the horror movie ‘Asylum of Darkness.’ The same year, he appeared in the movie ‘Diminuendo,’ which featured him in the role of a director, ‘Haskell Edwards,’ one of the central characters of the movie.
Awards & Achievements
In 1976, Hatch won Germany's ‘Bravo Youth Magazine Award’ for his portrayal of ‘Inspector Dan Robbins’ in the detective TV series ‘The Streets of San Francisco.’
In 1978, Hatch was nominated for a ‘Golden Globe Award’ for his portrayal of ‘Captain Apollo’ in the first ‘Battlestar Galactica’ series.
Family & Personal Life
Richard Hatch was married to Joe Maria Distante. They had a son named Paul Hatch. However, soon after the birth of their child, the couple started living separately. They kept the reason of their separation a secret.
After his official separation with Joe Maria, Hatch started dating Sophie LaPorte, who worked as a co-writer and a co-producer of the pilot film for ‘Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming.’ They dated each other for months, keeping their relationship under the radar.
Richard Hatch died of pancreatic cancer on February 7, 2017, at the age of 71, in hospice care in Los Angeles. Besides his son, he is survived by a brother, John.
Hatch worked as a bartender before becoming famous as an actor.

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