Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson

Original Name Colin Lionel Emm
Gosport, Gosport Borough, Hampshire, England
Death 2 Jun 2012 (aged 79)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 91260193 · View Source
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Actor, Entertainer. His best remembered acting role was as the pocket-picking safe-cracker "Corporal Peter Newkirk" in the 1960s television comedy series "Hogan's Heroes" (1965 to 1971), and he became associated with 1970s television game shows as a regular panelist on "Match Game" and as host of "Family Feud". Born Colin Emm in the Southern region of England, in the town of Gosport, his father was a truck driver, he joined the Merchant Marine at the age of fourteen. He later earned wages as a boxer and waiter, prior to making a name for himself as a comedian in England. He gradually was introduced to American television audiences beginning with an appearance on Steve Allen's program in 1959, and during this period he married British sex-symbol Diana Dors, whom he remained with until their divorce in 1967. He moved onto motion pictures with roles in the films "King Rat" (1965), "Munster, Go Home" (1966), "The Devil's Brigade" (1968) and had an acclaimed role as the villainous game show host 'Damon Killian' in the Arnold Schwarzenegger picture "The Running Man" (1987). During his run as host of "Family Feud" (1976 to 1985, 1994), Dawson became memorable for his consistent kissing of the female contestants. In fact, he would go onto marry a former contestant of the show in 1991. He died of complications from esophageal cancer.

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