Richard Dawson

With each mention of "Survey says," Richard Dawson gained worldwide fame as the wisecracking, very charming host of the long-running television game show, "Family Feud" (ABC, 1976-1985, syndicated 1994- ), which pitted ... Read more »
Born: 11/20/1932 in Gosport, Hampshire, GB

Filmography

Actor (20)

TV's Funniest Game Shows 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Family Feud 1987 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Running Man 1987 (Movie)

Damon Killian (Actor)

TV's Funniest Game Show Moments 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Bizarre 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Match Game 1972 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Hong Kong Phooey 1974 - 1978 (TV Show)

Voice

I've Got a Secret 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Gentleman Tramp 1975 (Movie)

(Voice)

Masquerade Party 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Dick Van Dyke Show 1973 - 1974 (Tv Show)

Actor

I've Got a Secret 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Keeping an Eye on Denise 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In 1967 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Hogan's Heroes 1965 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Can You Top This? 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Brigade 1968 (Movie)

Hugh MacDonald (Actor)

Munster, Go Home 1965 (Movie)

Joey (Actor)

How to Pick Up Girls! (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With each mention of "Survey says," Richard Dawson gained worldwide fame as the wisecracking, very charming host of the long-running television game show, "Family Feud" (ABC, 1976-1985, syndicated 1994- ), which pitted two families against each other in a quest to name the most popular survey answers posed to 100 people. While the very nature of the show created many memorable moments as the contestants frenetically tried to outguess each other, it was Dawson's quick wit, warm personality, and jokes laced with double entendres that made "Family Feud" one of the most popular game shows in history. The British actor and comedian was also called "The Kissing Bandit," "Dickie," and "Kissyface" because he made a habit of kissing every single female contestant, much to their near universal delight. Prior to his eternal "Family Feud" fame, Dawson was already a household name for his recurring role as the jack-of-all-trades Corporal Peter Newkirk on the classic comedy series, "Hogan's Heroes" (CBS, 1965-1974). He was also an audience favorite as one of the panelists on yet another game show of that era, "Match Game '73" (CBS, 1973-79). With such impressive stints as host coupled with a long-standing career in comedy, Dawson remained a beloved television personality long after he had disappeared from the public eye.

Relationships

Shannon Dawson

Daughter

Gary Dawson

Son
Born in 1960; mother, Diana Dors

Mark Dawson

Son
Born in 1962; mother, Diana Dors

Diana Dors Actor

Wife
Married April 12, 1959 Divorced in 1966

Arthur Emm

Father

Josephine Emm

Mother

John Emm

Brother

Gretchen Johnson

Wife
Met in 1981 when she was a contestant on "Family Feud" Married in 1991 until Dawson's death on June 2, 2012

Milestones

1994

Replaced Ray Combs and returned as host of "Family Feud"

1987

Parodied his game show image in "The Running Man," loosely based on a Stephen King novel and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

1984

Became a naturalized U.S. citizen

1976

Hosted long-running game show "Family Feud" (ABC, syndicated); won Daytime Emmy Award in 1978 for Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation Show

1973

Regularly appeared as a panelist on "Match Game 73" (CBS)

1969

Joined the cast of sketch comedy series "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (NBC)

1965

Landed breakthrough role of Cpl. Peter Newkirk on WWII-set sitcom "Hogan's Heroes" (CBS)

1963

Cast in the comedy-drama "Promises! Promises!"

1963

Made U.S. television debut playing a British entertainer on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS); credited as Dick Dawson

1961

Moved to the U.S.

Began his career as a standup comic in London clubs

Ran away from home at age 14 and joined the Merchant Marines

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