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Richard is best known for his role of Captain Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica television series, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, and the recurring role of Tom Zarek in the second incarnation of Battlestar Galactica. . 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, A Simple Wish with Kathleen Turner and the cult classic Deadman's Curve where he portrayed Jan Berry of the musical group Jan and Dean. In 1975 Hatch starred with Doug Chapin in "Best Friends". In 2003, Hatch was offered and accepted a recurring role in the new Battlestar Galactica series as Tom Zarek.
By 2007, Hatch's Zarek had received his own comic book series from Dynamite Entertainment Comics, which followed along with the on-going comic series of the re-imagined Galactica, as well as being a prequel story about Zarek himself. On the TV series, Tom Zarek eventually became Vice President of the colonies, but in the second half of the fourth and final season, Hatch/Zarek was executed after an unsuccessful coup attempt, which ended Richard's involvement in the re-imagined Galactica series.
He 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.
Richard will also be seen in the upcoming reality show Who The Frak Is Richard Hatch? www.whothefrak.com He is also invloved with the social networking site SoulGeek.com
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