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The Scifi Diner Podcast Interviews Richard Hatch of Battlestar Galactica

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Published on Mar 5, 2012

No this is NOT the survivor man.

For some years, Richard Hatch then made guest appearances in primetime series such as Cannon, Barnaby Jones, Hawaii Five-O, and The Waltons, as well as appearing in several made-for-TV movies such 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 Deadman's Curve in which he portrayed Jan Berry of the musical group Jan and Dean. In 1976, Hatch gained his first major television role as Inspector Dan Robbins on the detective series The Streets of San Francisco, a replacement for Michael Douglas (who played Insp. Steve Keller) who had left the series that year. Though the role was only for one season, Hatch won Germany's Bravo Youth Magazine Award for the role. Following this, he had a recurring role on the series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, also for one season. By this time, Hatch had become something of a pin-up and regularly appeared in teen-oriented magazines such as Teen Beat, 16 Magazine, and Tiger Beat. Hatch then gained his first starring role in Glen A. Larson's sci-fi series, Battlestar Galactica (1978), though this too proved to be for only a single season as the series was cancelled in 1979. Hatch was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the role. Throughout the 1980s, Hatch made guest appearances on various television series such as Hotel, Murder She Wrote, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island. In 1984, he appeared in several episodes of the prime time soap opera Dynasty, which was at the top of the ratings at the time. In 1990, Hatch returned to daytime soap operas and appeared on Santa Barbara originating the character Steven Slade. He continued to make guest appearances on prime time series such as Jake and the Fatman and Baywatch, but roles were becoming few and far between. Hatch's next prominent role would be as Tom Zarek in the reimagined version of Battlestar Galactica, in which he made semi-regular appearances from 2004 to 2009.

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