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Original Family Feud Host Richard Dawson Dead At 79

Wow, first Kathryn Joosten and now this. It's not a good weekend for aging TV stars. News has just broken that TV legend Richard Dawson has passed away due to complications from esophageal cancer. That makes two straight celebrity cancer deaths in two days. How depressing.

Dawson will always be best remembered by TV fans for his tenure as the original (and most would say the best) host of the game show Family Feud. The man radiated charisma and confidence, and even had a trademark of kissing all the female contestants for good luck. Dawson hosted the show from its premiere in 1976 to its first cancellation in 1985. Feud wasn't Dawson's first taste of TV stardom though, as he spent six years portraying Cpl. Peter Newkirk on the popular sitcom Hogan's Heroes. In the early 1970's Dawson was also a regular panelist on another game show, The Match Game.

In 1987, Dawson played a demented version of his game show host persona named Damon Killian in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick The Running Man. The film is a cult classic, and Dawson's performance in it is easily his best remembered acting role post Hogan's Heroes.

Family Feud was resurrected in 1988, with comedian Ray Combs taking over the host role. Combs was fired (and subsequently took his own life for various reasons) in 1994, leading Feud producers to come crawling back to Dawson in an attempt to reignite the show's popularity. Sadly, despite Dawson trying his best, the old magic just couldn't be duplicated, and his second run ended after one season. Dawson elected to retire from Hollywood following his exit, and the decision would stick.

Richard Dawson is survived by his widow Gretchen (who he actually met when she was a contestant on the Feud), their daughter, his two children from a previous marriage, and four grandchildren.

Richard Dawson

R.I.P. Richard Dawson, 1932-2012

Source: The New York Post


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Written by: Michael Stevenson
Jun 3rd, 2012, 2:37 am

tinalessia

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rtruell

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Anonymous

Message Posted On Jun 4th, 2012, 12:26 am
Real sad. Not being from the USA, Richard is know to me by his fantastic role in the Running Man. The Ultimate game show host! Next to Arnie, he made that movie. To quote aline from the film: "I'll be back." (Arnie) "Only in a re-run." (Richard) Classic. PS this site sucks balls. No one comments because it take a 1000 trys to type in the fucking capture.
tinalessia

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Message Posted On Jun 3rd, 2012, 3:28 pm

Just posted a comment about Kathryn..returned to the home page and this came up. I was a fan of his too. Unfortunately for me, I rememeber him on Hogans Heros. Sure wish I could say they were repeats :( RIP to him as well.

rtruell

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Message Posted On Jun 3rd, 2012, 4:28 am

Wow.  Very sad to hear about both Kathryn and Richard.  As you pointed out, Richard retired and thus dropped out of sight, but Kathryn worked almost to the very end.  They'll certainly both be missed.  RIP, both of them.

 

But I heard of another one that I don't see mentioned anywhere, so maybe you guys at TVR missed it...although, he's not as well known as Kathryn or Richard. so maybe that's why.  Dick Beals, the original voice of Gumby, died May 29th at age 85.  I don't remember hearing what of, though.