Richard Hatch is best known for his role of Captain Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica movie and television series, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination. He also has appeared in the American soap operas All My Children and Santa Barbara. He is currently in a recurring role as Tom Zarek in the second version of Battlestar Galactica.
Before Battlestar Galactica, he replaced Michael Douglas in The Streets of San Francisco. He 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 he portrayed Jan Berry of the musical group Jan and Dean.
Some do not know that he is the co-author of seven Battlestar Galactica novels and wrote, co-directed and executive-produced a Battlestar Galactica trailer that won acclaim at science-fiction conventions. He produced the trailer in an attempt 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) and Jack Stauffer (Bojay) appeared in the trailer along with 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.