Actor Richard Hatch Dies

Actor Richard Hatch died February 7 in Los Angeles as a result of pancreatic cancer at the age of 71.

Hatch has the same name as the original “Survivor” winner but there is no relation between the two.

Hatch is best kown for his role as Captain Apollo – son of Commander Adama, father to Boxey, and fighter pilot – on the film and original television series “Battlestar Galactica”.

While best known for the role of Captain Apollo and Starbuck’s sidekick, Hatch appeared in over 100 film and television productions, including a number in various levels of completion, beginning with his debut on an episode of the daytime drama “All My Children”.

Prior to his role on Galactica, Hatch’s roles included “Alias Smith and Jones”, “Room 222”, “Kung Fu”, “Barnaby Jones”, “The New Perry Mason”, “Medical Center”, “Best Friends”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “The Waltons”, “Cannon”, and Inspector Dan Robbins in 24 episodes of “The Strees of San Francisco”.

He played Viper pilot Captain Apollo in both the original film and all 21 episodes of the original “Battlestar Galactica” series.

After the cancellation of Galactica, Hatch appearances include an episode of “ChiPS” in an uncredited role, “Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen”, “Fantasy Island”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “T.J. Hooker”, Dean Caldwell in five episodes of “Dynasty”, “MacGyver”, “Hotel”, Stephen Slade in 12 episodes of the daytime drama “Santa Barbara”, “Baywatch”, Tom Zarek in 22 episodes of the reboot of “Battlestar Galactica”, Richard in the series “Who the Frak” – the word often associated with Starbuck and Apollo meant to be a form of profanity, and the “Silicon Assassin Project”.

The mini series “After Hell”, “The Dark Zone”, “Axanar”, and “he Dragons of Melgor” have all been announced. “Personal Space” and “Diminuendo” were in post production. And the short “Cowboys & Engines: Complete Pitch Reel” and “Dead by Friday” were completed.

Richard Lawrence Hatch was born May 21, 1945 in Santa Monica, California. He had never planned on being an actor, saying that he was too shy and insecure for such a profession. But the assassination of President John Kennedy changed it all when he read an article about the death. Hatch would later turn that fear and shyness into a second career as a motivational speaker, helping others overcome their fears.

Hatch is survived by his son Paul and brother John.


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