Richard Hatch was born on May 21, 1945 in Santa Monica, California, the first child of John Raymond Hatch, a television producer, and his wife, Eleanor Jean (née Koczander). He had two younger sisters, Gail and Marcia. His father died of a heart attack in 1984. His mother died in 2017. Hatch began his television career as a child actor, guest-starring in such series as Gunsmoke (1955), Wagon Train (1957) and Maverick (1958). He attended San Francisco State University, where he studied acting and directing. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television.
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Hatch’s first major role came in the 1971 film The Love Machine, based on the Jacqueline Susann novel of the same name. He went on to appear in over 40 films, including The Hatfields and the McCoys (1975), Battle of the Network Stars (1979) and The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990). He also had a recurring role on the soap opera Santa Barbara (1984-1985) and appeared on Broadway in the musical The Will Rogers Follies (1991). In 2003, Hatch made a return to television with a guest-starring role on Battlestar Galactica. He later had a recurring role on the show’s spin-off, Caprica (2010-2011). Hatch’s other television credits include The Streets of San Francisco (1972-1973), Fantasy Island (1978), Dynasty (1981-1982) and Baywatch Nights (1995-1996).
He has also appeared in a number of made-for-television movies, including The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996) and Titanic: Blood and Steel (2012). In 2016, Hatch was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. He is currently married to his third wife, Marilu Henner. They have two children together. Hatch has a net worth of $5 million. ..
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Saga of a Star World, Prelude to Axanar, Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, InAlienable, Prisoners of the Lost Universe, Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen, Cowboys & Engines, Deadman's Curve, Unseen Evil, The Hustler of Muscle Beach, Last Platoon, The Rain Makers, Leathernecks, Th...
Battlestar Galactica, The Streets of San Francisco, Forever Fernwood, Sciography
On having the same name as television's No. 1 "Survivor": We forget there are other people with our name, and somehow we feel an ownership with our name. Honestly, this is one of the strangest experiences that's ever happened in my life, and I'm having to deal with it.
I never thought of being an actor," admits the boyish-looking, forty-something actor. "I was far too shy, too insecure.
Directed, Wrote and starred in his own Battlestar Galactica fan Film "Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming" in which he reunited ALL the surviving original Battlestar Galactica cast members.
Teaches self-confidence seminars. [July 1997]
Attended facts2008 convention in Ghent, Belgium. [October 2008]
Writes article "Communication from the Heart" in the "California Sun" (1996).
(May 1-3, 2009) Attended FedCon 18 in Bonn, Germany.