Not many would have expected the shy, introverted, prospective pole vaulting championship to become one of the earliest recognizable faces in televised Science Fiction, which Richard Hatch would do as Captain Apollo in Battlestar Galactica.
Hatch decided to pursue acting after finding a passion for performance in his required Oral Interpretation class in college. He would go on to have rolls on All My Children, Hawaii Five-O, The Streets of San Francisco, and eventually role in Battlestar Galactica’s original 1 year run in 1978, and a guest star in the more popular follow up to the original show.
Hatch passed away from pancreatic cancer on February 7th, 2017 in hospice care in L.A..
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