6.10.2012

Richard Dawson, 79, Host Who Kissed on ‘Family Feud’

Richard Dawson, British actor and comedian who played the thief prisoner of war in the comedy "Hogan of Heroes" and has starred as the host of neat and gregarious of the game show "Family Feud", died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 79.

The reason was complications from esophageal cancer, his son Gary wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday.

Of the poor education of post-World War II England, G. Dawson, desire has become a dockworker at the beginning, and became one of the most popular television personalities of the 1970s and '80s. He won a Daytime Emmy in 1978 for his work on "Family Feud."

Mr. Dawson, who hurt the television executive and a homemaker makes flushed with a tendency to kiss the female contestants nervously, is host to the beginning of the run out, from 1976 to 1985. The two families will compete against each other trying to guess the most popular answers to survey questions such as, "Name of room in your home most in need of redecorating," or, "Name of the something people do to entertain the baby. "

It is one of the most popular game show in the country, leading to a late night syndicated version aired five days a week. Television executives at the time trying to get Mr. Dawson to stop Kiss, he said. Some viewers complained when he pecks on the cheek of women of other races.

Mr. Dawson said he was actively fighting discrimination in this regard.

"It is very important to me that the 'family feud I can kiss all," he said in a 2010 interview for the Archive of American Television. "That's crazy, but when I first came here Petula Clark with Nat King Cole shows, and he kissed her cheek, and 81 stations in the South that he had canceled. I kissed a black woman every day and every night on "Family Feud" for 11 years, and the world is not ending, right? "

After the show was canceled in 1985, was revived in 1988 with Ray Combs as host. Mr. Dawson returned to the show for a year in 1994. Steve Harvey is the current host.

Richard Dawson was born Colin Lionel Emm on November 20, 1932 in Gosport, Hampshire, England. His father was a mover tool, and his mother sometimes play cards to win more money for food. In a 2010 interview, he said that he had no early ambition to become an entertainer, but he does have a knack for making people laugh. He was lured to his first theatrical audition, he said, with the hope of meeting her.

After beginning his career as a comedian in England, he moved to the United States with his first wife, Diana DORS, an actor known as a divorce "British Marilyn Monroe." They were in 1966, and died in MS DORS in 1984. Mr. Dawson has earned fame early in 1960, playing Cpl. Peter Newkirk, a cheat, forger and thief, the CBS series "Hogan of Heroes," a popular joke about a Nazi prison camp where prisoners were regularly deceived their captors clunky. He also had roles in "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Rowan & Martin Laugh-in."

In 1987 Mr. Dawson played with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the dystopian thriller "The Running Man." In the film he plays a dark caricature of himself, to host a game show in which convicted criminals have to run faster than the band a chance to win a deadly hunter independence.

Mr. Dawson is survived by his wife, Gretchen, whom he met when he was on the show "Family Feud", their daughter, Shannon Nicole, two sons from his first marriage, Gary and Mark, and four grandchildren.

Asked in a 2010 interview, how he wanted the world to remember him, he said, as a good person.

"You will not want to move to sit beside me on the bus," he said. "Or maybe you do."

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