Actor Richard Hatch had passed away at age 71.
Richard was a Golden Globe nominated actor whose career spanned nearly a half-century. Best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the 1978 original Battlestar Galactica he went on to play Tom Zarek in the 2003 re-imagined version.
Richard began his career in 1970 starring as Philip Brent in the daytime soap opera All My Children. He made guest appearances for many years in various primetime series such as Cannon, Nakia, Barnaby Jones, Hawaii Five-O, and The Waltons, as well as, appeared in several made-for-TV movies.
In 1976, Richard gained his first major television role as Inspector Dan Robbins on the detective series The Streets of San Francisco. Though the role was only for one season, Hatch won Germany's Bravo Youth Magazine Award. The following year, he had a recurring role on the series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, also for one season. At this point in his career, Richard regularly appeared in teen magazines such as Teen Beat, 16 Magazine, and Tiger Beat.
Then, in 1978, Richard landed the starring role in Battlestar Galactica and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Throughout the 1980s, he made various guest appearances on shows such as Hotel, Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island. In 1990, Richard returned to daytime soap operas and appeared on Santa Barbara, originating the character Steven Slade. His next prominent role was Tom Zarek in the reimagined version of Battlestar Galactica, in which he made appearances from 2004-09.
In the decades after the original Battlestar Galactica, Richard wrote a number of novels in the same universe and developed a short film, Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming. Original BSG series actors John Colicos (Baltar), Terry Carter (Col. Tigh) and Jack Stauffer (Bojay) appeared in the trailer alongside Hatch. His various projects were an effort to keep the interest around the franchise alive and to try to convince Universal to revisit the series.
Richard created the space opera entitled The Great War of Magellan and wrote a comic book series and role-playing game in support of the project. He also worked on a novel trilogy with Brad Linaweaver, who co-authored many of Hatch's Battlestar Galactica novels.
Richard also appeared in InAlienable, a 2008 science fiction film written and produced by Walter Koenig. In 2011, he worked on a new reality TV series called Who the Frak? which he created and appeared in as himself. In 2012-13, Richard appeared in the web series The Silicon Assassin Project. In 2013, he ventured into Steampunk, starring in the short film Cowboys & Engines. In 2014, he played the Klingon Commander Kharn in the Star Trek fan film Prelude to Axanar.
Richard was a great friend and fan favorite of Dragon Con. His actor’s workshops taught and motivated aspiring actors, and his panels were enjoyed by all. His kind spirit and positive outlook on life inspired many. We miss you Richard. We will keep the faith.