Although he starred in the show as Lieutenant Apollo for only one season, television actor Richard Hatch became the ambassador of cult sci-fi series Battlestar: Galactica. After years of trying to resurrect interest in the idea, through novels and a self-produced short film, Hatch was rewarded with a recurring part as Tom Zarek, President Rosslyn’s counterpart on the show’s incredibly popular Sci-Fi Channel reboot.
Richard was born in Santa Monica, California. After attending Harbor College in San Pedro, he joined a Los Angeles repertory theater company, with whom he traveled to New York. He performed in off-Broadway plays such as Song of Walt Whitman and Young Rebels, and directed as well.
In 1970, Hatch made his television debut on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children, where he played the role of Philip Brent. He went on to star in the Civil-War-era drama The Hatfields & The McCoys. Soon thereafter, he played Detective Dan Robbins in The Streets of San Francisco after series star Michael Douglas departed in 1976.