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Richard Hatch

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 13:55

Apollo from the original Battlestar Galactica (as well as a cameo in the reimagined one!) and known from a whole host of other shows ...


Born in Santa Monica, California, Richard Hatch had no aspirations to become an actor. Though curious about the performers he saw in high school plays, his dream was to compete as a pole vaulter in the Olympics.

Going nowhere during his college years, Richard enrolled in an oral interpretation class where, though shy and introverted, he found his voice, and after graduating joined a Los Angeles repertory company.

He began his television career playing Philip Brent in the soap opera All My Children. After guest roles in Cannon, Kung Fu, Hawaii Five-O, and The Waltons he starred as Inspector Dan Robbins in the final year of The Streets of San Francisco.

He played Harmon Farinella in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, retitled Forever Fernwood after the show’s star left, and Steven Slade in the daytime serial Santa Barbara. Taking the recurring role as Dean Caldwell in Dynasty, he guest-starred in episodes of Murder, She Wrote, TJ Hooker and MacGyver.

With roles in numerous television movies, including The Hustler of Muscle Beach and Prisoners of the Lost Universe, Richard appeared on the big screen as Lee Chan Jr opposite Peter Ustinov and Angie Dickinson in Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen. Further movie roles include Delta Force Leader Brett Haskell in Delta Force Commando II: Priority Red One and Colonel Nelson in Iron Thunder.

Best known for playing Captain Apollo in Battlestar Galactica, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, Richard has campaigned to see the show return to television. In 1999 he self-financed a three-minute trailer for Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, based on his novels Warhawk and Armageddon, to generate interest in a new series.

During the past decade, Richard began lecturing on such topics as overcoming fear, and success strategies for business and life. Having formed Su-Shann Productions in 1980 to create workshops and seminars dedicated to help people maximise their potential, he created the Breakthrough Success Bootcamps to inspire people to a higher level of fulfilment.

Further details at the official RICHARD HATCH website.


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