Richard Dawson

Actor + Television Personality + Game Show Host
Born Nov 20, 1932

Richard Dawson was an English-American actor and comedian, and a game show host and panelist in the United States. He played Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes, was the original host of the Family Feud game show from 1976–1985 and 1994–1995, and was a regular panelist on the 1970s version of Match Game on CBS from 1973 to 1978.… Read More

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    Chicago Times - Dec 31, 2012
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    Yahoo News - Dec 01, 2012
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    Creative Loafing - Jun 22, 2012
  • Richard Dawson, Kissing Host Of ‘Family Feud,’ Dies At 79
    NYTimes - Jun 06, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Dawson.


1932 Birth Dawson was born in Gosport, Hampshire, England, on 20 November 1932 to Arthur and Josephine Emm. … Read More


1963 30 Years Old 1 More Event
On 8 January 1963, Dawson appeared in an episode of the Jack Benny Program, Season 13, Episode 15. … Read More
1964 31 Years Old In 1964, he appeared in "The Invisibles", an episode of The Outer Limits and appeared (credited as Dick Dawson) in "Anyone For Murder?", a 1964 episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. … Read More
1965 32 Years Old In 1965, Dawson had a small role at the end of the film King Rat, starring George Segal, playing 1st Recon paratrooper Captain Weaver, sent to liberate allied POWs in a Japanese prison. … Read More
1968 35 Years Old In 1968, Dawson was in the film The Devil's Brigade as Private Hugh McDonald.
1970 37 Years Old Following the cancellation of Hogan's Heroes, he was a regular joke-telling panelist on the short-lived syndicated revival of the game show Can You Top This? in 1970.
1971 38 Years Old He was also a regular on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1971–73, and became a regular on The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1973–74).
1972 39 Years Old He portrayed a theatre director in the first season of McCloud and was a panelist on the 1972–73 syndicated revival of I've Got a Secret. … Read More


1973 40 Years Old After Laugh-In was cancelled in 1973, game show pioneer Mark Goodson signed Dawson to appear as a regular on Match Game '73, alongside Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly and host Gene Rayburn. … Read More
1975 42 Years Old In 1975, during his tenure as one of Match Game regular panelists, Dawson was hired by Goodson to host an upcoming project titled Family Feud, which debuted on 12 July 1976 on ABC's daytime schedule. … Read More
1978 45 Years Old In 1978, he left Match Game and won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Game Show Host for his work on Family Feud. … Read More


1983 - 1984 2 More Events
1985 52 Years Old He continued hosting the Feud until both editions were canceled; the syndicated version ended on 17 May 1985, and the ABC Daytime edition on 14 June 1985.
1987 54 Years Old Dawson parodied his TV persona in 1987 in The Running Man, in which he portrayed the evil, egotistical game-show host Damon Killian. … Read More
1988 55 Years Old Dawson hosted an unsold pilot for a revival of the classic game show You Bet Your Life that was to air on NBC in 1988, but the network declined to pick up the show, which would go on to attempt two more failed revivals with hosts Buddy Hackett and Bill Cosby.


1994 - 1995 2 More Events
1999 66 Years Old In 1999, he was asked to make a special appearance on the first episode of the current version of Family Feud, but decided to turn the offer down and have no further involvement with the show.
2000 67 Years Old In 2000, Dawson narrated TV's Funniest Game Show Moments on the Fox network. … Read More
2012 79 Years Old 1 More Event
On 7 June 2012, the Game Show Network aired a 4-hour special showing some of Dawson's greatest moments on Family Feud and on Match Game, including the first episode of Dawson's return season.
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