Richard Dawson

Actor, television personality, game show host Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson is an English-American actor, comedian, game show panelist and host. He is best known for his role as Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes, being the original host of the Family Feud game show from 1976–1985 and from 1994 to 1995, and for being a regular panelist on the 1970s version of Match Game on CBS from 1973 to 1978.
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02 June 2012
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In Memoriam- Harlow Cagwin
Chicago Times - about 5 years
  While reading my Chicago Tribune this morning, I came across the list of notable people who died in 2012- US General Norman Schwarzkopf, Whitney Houston, Larry Hagman, Jack Klugman, George McGovern, Neil Armstrong, Phyllis Diller, Sally Ride, Andy Griffith, LeRoy Neiman, Rodney King, Richard Dawson, Donna Summer, Dick Clark, Junior Seau, Mike Wallace, Davy Jones, Don Cornelius and Etta James, among others. For me, the most notable death in 2012 was a man who was near and dear to my heart. Back in August, just six days shy of his 90th birthday, Harlow Cagwin died in the arms of his wife Jean. Besides being a honest, hard-working man, Cagwin was significant to me because he was the backbone of the portfolio that won me National Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2000 and the centerpiece of the most important photographic work of my career- Common Ground. I first met Harlow and his wife Jean, back in 1994, on their small family farm, 35 miles southwest of Chicago. ...
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Flintoff survives knock down to win debut fight
Yahoo News - about 5 years
(Reuters) - Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff beat American Richard Dawson on points after surviving a knockdown in his first professional fight at the MEN Arena in Manchester on Friday. The 34-year-old got a rousing reception from the 5,000 fans and won the first of four two-minute rounds before being caught by a left hook early in the second that sent him to the canvas. However, Flintoff got up to receive a standing eight count and battled back with a more composed performance against a flagging opponent for a 39-38 win on the referee's scorecard. ...
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Fulton Jail bribes inmates with food in dystopian experiment
Creative Loafing - over 5 years
Remember that movie "The Running Man" about prison inmates like Arnold Schwarzenegger being forced to race for their lives from professional killers for our entertainment? And then Richard Dawson insists on kissing everyone on their mouths (JK, RIP)? The Fulton County Jail is basically (not at all) doing exactly that (not really) by bribing their wiliest inmates with food and hygiene products to see if they can break out of their cells despite the new, supposedly improved locks that have been installed ... The Fulton County Jail is running a contest that actually encourages inmates to pick cell door locks.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Richard Dawson, Kissing Host of ‘Family Feud,’ Dies at 79
NYTimes - over 5 years
Mr. Dawson gained initial fame in the 1960s playing Cpl. Peter Newkirk, a con man, forger and pickpocket, in the CBS series “Hogan’s Heroes.”
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Richard Dawson 'thought he had heartburn'
USA Today - over 5 years
'Family Feud' host Richard Dawson had not been "battling" cancer for long, as is so often the case.
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Betty White Lovingly Remembers Richard Dawson
People Magazine - over 5 years
"We used to have such fun," White tells PEOPLE of her former Match Game co-panelist
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Former Family Feud host Richard Dawson dies at 79
CBS - Atlanta - over 5 years
Richard Dawson, the British entertainer best known as the original host of Family Feud, has died. He was 79.
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Richard Dawson’s Family Reveals He Was Diagnosed With Cancer Just Three Weeks Ago
Access Hollywood - over 5 years
Iconic “Family Feud” host Richard Dawson died over the weekend after discovering he had esophageal cancer, something his son and daughter say he found out about just weeks ago. Gary and Shannon Dawson stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Monday, where they explained to Billy Bush and Kit Hoover that the game show host/actor was able to avoid the often difficult cancer treatments before he passed at 79.
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Richard Dawson, of "Family Feud," dead at 79
CBS News - over 5 years
Richard Dawson, host of "Family Feud," died at the age of 79 in a Los Angeles hospital. Lee Cowan reports on Dawson's unlikely career, and how he became a game show legend with a kiss and a smile.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Dawson
  • 2012
    Age 79
    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.
  • 2000
    Age 67
    In 2000, Dawson narrated TV's Funniest Game Show Moments on the Fox network.
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  • 1999
    Age 66
    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.
  • 1995
    Age 62
    The final episode aired on May 26, 1995, after which Dawson officially retired.
  • 1994
    Age 61
    On 12 September 1994, Dawson returned to the syndicated edition of Family Feud, replacing and succeeding Ray Combs for what became the final season of the show's official second run (1988–95); the show itself has been in continuous production since 1999, under hosts Louie Anderson (1999-2002), Richard Karn (2002-06), John O'Hurley (2006-10) and Steve Harvey (who has hosted since 2010).
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  • 1988
    Age 55
    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.
  • 1987
    Age 54
    Dawson parodied his TV persona in 1987 in The Running Man, in which he portrayed the evil, egotistical game-show host Damon Killian.
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  • 1985
    Age 52
    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.
  • 1984
    Age 51
    After Dawson became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1984 he proudly showed his passport and photo during the introduction of an episode of Family Feud.
  • 1983
    Age 50
    In 1983, Dawson made an appearance on Mama's Family as himself, hosting an episode of Family Feud where the Harpers play as contestants (reuniting him with former Match Game co-panelists Betty White and Vicki Lawrence).
  • 1978
    Age 45
    In 1978, he left Match Game and won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Game Show Host for his work on Family Feud.
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  • 1975
    Age 42
    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.
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  • 1973
    Age 40
    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 39
    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.
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  • 1971
    Age 38
    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).
  • 1970
    Age 37
    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.
  • 1968
    Age 35
    In 1968, Dawson was in the film The Devil's Brigade as Private Hugh McDonald.
  • 1965
    Age 32
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 31
    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 30
    In 1963, Dawson appeared in an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show in the role of dapper entertainer "Racy Tracy" Rattigan.
    On 8 January 1963, Dawson appeared in an episode of the Jack Benny Program, Season 13, Episode 15.
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  • 1932
    Dawson was born in Gosport, Hampshire, England, on 20 November 1932 to Arthur and Josephine Emm.
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