Morning Man Classic: Richard Hatch!
When Michael Douglas decided to focus on making movies, he left the popular ABC crime series The Streets of San Francisco in which he had starred with Karl Malden for five seasons and was replaced by a handsome young actor named Richard Hatch.
Today would have been the actor’s 78th birthday. Sadly, he died in 2017 at the age of 71 of pancreatic cancer.
When Streets of San Francisco came along, Hatch had already become familiar to television viewers through his role as Phillip Brent on the ABC soap All My Children. His character was in love with the lovely Tara who was played by future Saturday Night Fever star Karen Lynn Gorney (pictured below with Hatch).
But his most iconic role was that Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica TV series on ABC. Though it only lasted a single season, the show achieved a cult following and in 2004, Hatch, who had been heavily involved in attempts to revive the franchise over the years, became semi-regular in the re-imagined version of the series as Tom Zarek from 2004-2009.
After accepting the Zarek role, Hatch stated “it was a very deep and profound struggle for me to let go and realize that I was not the creator of the series and it didn’t belong to me… I’ve finally come to terms with and accepted that.”
He had written several novels based on the Battlestar series and created his own space opera entitled The Great War of Magellan. He had written a comic book series and a role-playing game in support of this.
Hatch was also a participant in The Battle of the Network Stars where, I think, he was at his most absolutely gorgeous.
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Bruce Wayne says:
I worked on a film way back in 1980 that he was in….along with a Lot of Stars, like Peter Ustinov, Roddy McDowall, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lee Grant, Angie Dickinson!
Then I ran into him years later at a Star Trek Convention and chatted. I also sent him several Photos that I had Taken on the set of that film!
He was such a cool guy.