Richard Hatch is an American actor best known for his role as Captain Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica television series (1978-1979), for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, and the recurring role of Tom Zarek in the second incarnation of Battlestar Galactica, from 2004-2009.
Hatch has enjoyed international recognition for more than three decades.
He has starred on such series as The Streets of San Francisco, for which he won Germany's Bravo Award (the equivalent of an Emmy); Battlestar Galactica (1978), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe award; and he originated the role of Philip Brent on ABC's popular soap All My Children.
Hatch starred off-Broadway in several plays and musicals, including the Obie Award-winning play Love Me, Love My Children and P.S., Your Cat Is Dead in Chicago. He also starred in the musical Pepper Street and in The Name Game in Los Angeles.
He has starred in such television movies as The Hatfields and the McCoys, with Jack Palance; Addie and the Kings of Hearts, with Jason Robards; Last of the Belles, with Susan Sarandon; The Class of '65; The Hustler of Muscle Beach; and the cult classic Deadman's Curve, in which he portrayed Jan Berry of the musical group Jan and Dean.
He has also guest-starred on numerous television series and feature films, including Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen, with Michelle Pfeiffer, and The Ghost, with Michael Madsen and Brad Dourif.
A man of diverse talents, Hatch has co-written seven Battlestar Galactica hardback novels published by I-Books, including Redemption. He also directed an infomercial about the securities industry for NSAS.
Hatch wrote and produced a sci-fi/fantasy saga, The Great War of Magellan, for his production company Merlinquest Entertainment Inc.
In between acting and writing gigs, Hatch teaches and lectures throughout the country on acting, self-expression and communication.