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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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  • 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


1962 29 Years Old He played a soldier in the 1962 film The Longest Day.


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. … Read More
1971 38 Years Old Following the cancellation of Hogan's Heroes, he was a regular on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In from 1971 to 1973, and became a regular on The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1973-74).
1972 39 Years Old He portrayed a theater 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 left the airwaves 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
1974 41 Years Old He later hosted a one-season syndicated revival of Masquerade Party in 1974; the program featured regular panelists Bill Bixby, Lee Meriwether and Nipsey Russell; the program was not renewed for a second season.
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 July 12, 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 ABC Daytime edition on June 14, 1985, and the syndicated edition three months later on September 13, 1985.
1987 54 Years Old Dawson parodied his TV persona in 1987 by co-starring alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action film 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 61 Years Old On September 12, 1994, Dawson returned to the syndicated edition of Family Feud, replacing Ray Combs for what became the final season of the show's official second run (1988–1995). … Read More
1995 62 Years Old The final episode aired on May 26, 1995, after which Dawson officially retired.
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
Dawson died at age 79 from complications of esophageal cancer on 2 June 2012 (16 years to the day that his 1st Family Feud successor, Ray Combs took his own life at age 40) at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
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