Skip to comments.Richard Dawson Dead at 79
Posted on 06/03/2012 6:59:54 AM PDT by John W
Richard Dawson, the legendary host of "Family Feud," has died from complications due to esophageal cancer ... this according to his son.
Gary Dawson posted a Facebook message early this morning that read:
"It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away this evening from complications due to esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad, and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered..."
Dawson hosted "Feud" from 1976-1985, and then from 1994-1995. He was also famous for being a regular on "The Match Game" and for appearing in the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger action film "The Running Man."
Dawson was married to Gretchen Johnson ... interesting fact -- he met her when she was part of a contestant family on The Feud and got hitched in 1991. Dawson was famous during the first run of the show for kissing all the female contestants -- he was known as "The Kissing Bandit." But in the second run, he kissed no one -- a promise he made to Gretchen.
Cool guy. Loved his work on Hogan’s Heroes.
He also had a memorable appearance on the Dick Van Dyke Show - as a sleazy performer who comes on to either Rose Marie or Mary Tyler Moore...or both. Good actor. I’d hate to think he will only be remembered for Family Feud.
Yes, when I lived in L.A. in the 1970s, Dawson had a bad reputation as a lech. I had a good friend who knew were all the bodies were buried!
Condolences to family and friends of Richard Dawson.
I saw that too. Was she by any chance in the commercial for a bran snack of some kind....telling the guy it couldn’t have bran in it...it was too good? I laughed and laughed at those commercials. RIP to them both.
His Bird impressions
My own question has been answered. I didn’t see the last line of the post. My tired old eyes haven’t focused yet. It was her and she was halarious!
It’s the Diana Dors Show!
I thought that was odd too. That show was great.
Once on FF, the question during the round at the end of the show was, ‘What month do most women find out when they are pregnant?’ and the woman responded, “September.” Richard started laughing and he couldn’t stop. When the second woman came up to try win and got the same question, he started laughing again until he was crying.
Another time, I remember the family got 199 points on the Fast Money round and needed only one point to win. The second woman who came up, got so freaked out when she was told that she needed one point that she gave the worst answers and didn’t get a single point. Richard gave it to them anyway.
Class act all around. RIP Richard. You were and will always be the best!
-Character on Hogan’s Heroes
-Celebrity on Match Game (see him leading the schoolhouse riot)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g6pwugSL2E
-Family Feud Host
- Celebrity wife with mysterious fortune (Diana Dors)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Dors#Alleged_fortune
Please believe me when I say, I don't disbelieve you. Everyone has a friend, who has a friend, who has a friend.
I have a few such friends. Every once in awhile when they tell me something I pause, cock my head and mutter......sources.
I know! I loved that show and he was my favorite! This article was obviously written by a younger person.
Richard on the “Feud”
Your Freudian slip is showing....
I always loved him so much, we watched FF all the time. Of course with the choice of about five channels in the 70’s, you couldn’t help but watch. Even still, loved it!
Years ago, I read that when he first came to the US to make his break in the industry, he had to relearn English because his French accent was too thick. It was the real deal.
Diana Dors was and remains a legend of British film and TV.
I think Bob Crane married Col. Klinks secretary...saw that
on wikipedia...have not verified that....I wonder if
she knew about Bob Cranes’ uh let’s say predilictons....
Well they are young at TMZ office you ever see those guys working LOL!
Yeah no mention of Hogan Heroes I know here in SO CAL we get ME TV which shown on Saturday nights on that channel
Her finest film was the 1956 British crime classic ‘Yield to the Night’, where she blew away cynical critics and the public with her superb performance.
Dawson was the person that introduced Crane to the wonders of home video equipment back in 1964-65, and rest became history, in an unhappy way.
Sad news. Thanks Perdogg.
His “Killian” role carried “The Running Man”, and he’s still the one the only real host of Family Feud.
The most amazing thing about the cast, was that Leon Askin, who played General Burkhalter, not exactly a skinny guy, lived to the ripe, old age of 98!
Askin was fantastic as the Russian trade delegate in the movie, “One, Two, Three”
Just in remember 60’s TV shows, I just noticed William Schallert will be 90 next month.
RIP, Richard Dawson. May God comfort your family and friends.
I am convinced that smokers who drnk hard liquor and smoke are at much higher risk for throat cancer since alcohol is a solvent and erodes the protective layers of mucous from the throat allowing the carcinogens in tobacco smoke access to the more delicate cellular layers in the throat. But that’s just my notion, without scientific data to support it.
Newkirk got promoted to captain???
Askin eventually returned to his native Austria and kept acting past age 90 IIRC.
I was watching the “Devil’s Brigade’ last night as well. I was going through the cast realizing how many are now dead like William Holden and Cliff Robertson. I thought well at least Richard Dawson was still alive. For once in my life I was wrong. Actually I have been wrong more times than I want to count.
I was also wondering if Dawson ever commented on the bar fight scene where he kicked the lumberjack and showed he wasn’t a true Scot in his whitey tighties. LOL Chet Atkins was another good actor.
Unless you also include Kinchloe's Replacement, Sgt. Baker, Kenneth Washington, who is still alive.
RIP, Sgt. Kinchloe
It’s PC to be pro Nazi?
Hogan’s Heroes is one of my alltime favorite shows. I can’t believe they didn’t even mention it.
PC is fascism pure and simple so yes, PC is pro Nazi to a large extent.