|Richard Hatch (Capt. Apollo)|
Actor Name: Richard Hatch
Character Name: Captain Apollo
Episode Appearances: Main Cast
Character Bio: Captain Apollo is the son of Commander Adama and brother to Athena. Like everyone from the Colonies, Apollo suffered great losses during the Cylon attack—but his duty and dedication to the fleet give Apollo a sense of purpose. Early on he loses his brother Zac during a patrol. Then Apollo meets and becomes sealed to the newswoman Serina, but their time together is short. After she dies, Apollo is left to care for her son, Boxey, as a single parent.
Serina’s death leaves a hole in Apollo’s life that he fills with one-way missions and pilot banter. When Commander Cain’s daughter Sheba joins the crew, Apollo feels attracted to her but won’t admit it to himself—until she makes the first move.
Actor Bio: Richard Hatch, born May 21, 1945 in Santa Monica, California, is an American actor best known for his role of Captain Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica movie and television series, for which Hatch received a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Richard Hatch was studying piano at the age of eight. After attending Harbor College in San Pedro, California, he joined a Los Angeles Repertory Theater that took Hatch to New York City in 1967. He starred off-Broadway in several plays and musicals and won the Obie Award for his work in PS Your Cat Is Dead in Chicago. Richard Hatch also has appeared in the American soap operas Dynasty, All My Children and Santa Barbara. Hatch is currently in a recurring role as Tom Zarek in the new version of Battlestar Galactica. Before Richard Hatch starred in the original Battlestar Galactica in 1978, he replaced Michael Douglas in The Streets of San Francisco and won Germany's Bravo Youth Magazine Award for the role. Richard Hatch has also starred in such 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, and the cult classic Deadman's Curve where Hatch portrayed Jan Berry of the musical group Jan and Dean.
Richard Hatch can also be heard in numerous television commercials and other voice-overs. Hatch wrote, co-directed and executive-produced a Battlestar Galactica trailer, called The Second Coming, that won acclaim at science-fiction conventions. Hatch produced the trailer to pressure Universal into creating a new series of Battlestar Galactica that would have been a direct continuation of the original series. Original actors John Colicos (Baltar), Terry Carter (Col. Tigh) and Jack Stauffer (Bojay) appeared in the trailer along with Richard Hatch himself. It is presumed that the actors would have appeared in the series itself. Hatch also believed that he could persuade Dirk Benedict to return and play Starbuck.
Richard Hatch also co-authored a series of novels based on continuing the voyage of the Battlestar Galactica with his character (Captain Apollo) replacing Adama as Commander of the Galactica. However, Battlestar Galactica returned to television screens as a re-imagining, rather than the sequel for which Hatch had campaigned. Initially, Richard Hatch was bitterly disappointed by this turn of events and was highly critical of the prospective new series on his web site. However, Hatch developed a respect for Ronald D. Moore, the new series' producer, when he appeared as a featured guest at Galacticon (the Battlestar Galactica 25th anniversary convention, hosted by Richard Hatch) and answered questions posed by a very hostile audience.
In 2003, Richard Hatch was offered and accepted a recurring role in the new Battlestar Galactica series. He plays Tom Zarek, a terrorist turned politician, who spent twenty years in prison for blowing up a government building. In an irony probably intended by the show's producers, Hatch/Zarek spends most of his first episode in heated debate with Captain Apollo, the role that Richard Hatch had played in the original series. He has appeared in several further episodes of the series as a guest star.
Richard Hatch is in pre-production of his own space opera, The Great War of Magellan, and has written a comic book series and role-playing game in support of this. Richard Hatch is presently working a novel trilogy for The Great War of Magellan with his Battlestar Galactica co-author, Brad Linaweaver. When not acting, Richard lectures and conducts workshops on acting, self-expression, and communication throughout the world. Richard Hatch is divorced with one son.
IMDB Link: Richard Hatch
Official Website: Richard Hatch - official siteTrivia: Richard Hatch’s dream as a youth was to compete in the Olympics as a pole vaulter.
One very important day in Richard Hatch’s life was November 22, 1963. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy affected him profoundly. When Richard Hatch took an article about the slain president into his oral interpretation class, Hatch was able to finally overcome his shyness and become a budding actor.
What he's doing now: Richard Hatch is very involved in series fandom, having been a leader in the push to revive Battlestar Galactica prior to the SciFi Channel’s production of the new Battlestar Galactica series. Richard Hatch writes Battlestar Galactica novels (seven to date) and appears at fan events, including conventions and an annual cruise. Richard Hatch his production company created the trailers for his pet projects Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming and The Great War of Magellan.
Richard Hatch is also active in giving seminars on acting, self-expression and communication. At the moment, he’s working on the movie Starship II: Rendezvous with Ramses.
Richard Hatch appears as a recurring character, Tom Zarek, on the new Battlestar Galactica 2003 series.
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