Richard Dawson's movie moment in 'Running Man'
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"Family Feud" host and "Match Game" panelist Richard Dawson, who passed away Saturday at 79, put his wry game-show prowess to use on the big screen in the 1987 hit "The Running Man." He played Damon Killian, evil mastermind/host of a 2017 reality survivalist game show called "The Running Man" in which criminals could win their freedom -- if they defeat the heavily armed killers who are guest "stars" on the show.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course, played an innocent man wrongly convicted of a crime who must choose "hard time or prime time." He chooses the latter, obviously, and becomes a contestant who must literally run for his life.
The sci-fi film satirized American entertainment, game shows, law-and-order reality programming and pro wrestling (Jesse Ventura made an appearance in the movie, too -- perhaps one of the few films to star not one but two future governors). In the movie, "The Running Man" show was not just on TV but beamed onto screens the size of billboards to the d