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Richard Dawson (Family Feud), Dies at 79

Discussion in 'Celebrity Scuttlebutt' started by Scarlett, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. Scarlett

    Scarlett Well-Known Member


    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." One of his biggest roles -- Dawson played Capt. Peter Newkirk on "Hogan's Heros," a wildly popular show in the 60's.

    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.

    Prior to Gretchen, Dawson was married to Diana Dors, a sex symbol back in the day. They had 2 sons.

    This is very sad news, and the second big celebrity death of the weekend (Kathryn Joosten - DH and West Wing - died yesterday). Dawson was my very favorite Feud host, he was so awesome in his duties. He seemed to be able to work with any family and make them 'pop' on screen, or rather he 'popped' all on his own.

    IMO Dawson is the best Family Feud Host folllowed by

    John O'Hurley
    Louie Anderson
    Steve Harvey
    Ray Combs
    Richard Karn
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  2. carylfan10

    carylfan10 Well-Known Member

    I was saddened to hear this. I have a lot of fond memories growing up watching Hogan's Heroes and Family Feud. My family still watches FF in syndication daily.

    I liked him, but I would say that Ray Combs and Richard Karn are my favorites.

    Sad news indeed
  3. Scarlett

    Scarlett Well-Known Member

    All of that smoking finally caught up with him. :(

    One of my favorite moments

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  4. SnarkyOracle!

    SnarkyOracle! Well-Known Member

    Too much kissing.
  5. Scarlett

    Scarlett Well-Known Member

    It was part of his charm. lol And I think the ladies loved it (never saw them complain lol)

    The second time around he came back he was not in the best shape, life had taken a toll on him.

    I'm watching Steve Harvey's Feud right now....this guy is too loud, he tries too hard.
  6. minx

    minx Well-Known Member

    How could they? They were on TV in front of millions of people. I thought he was creepy and could never watch FAMILY FEUD for that reason.
  7. Greg Sumner

    Greg Sumner Well-Known Member

    Richard Dawson's passing is, indeed, a sad event. I actually always host games of Family Feud with my friends every few weeks or so and I model myself after Mr. Dawson... naturally we're all sloshed and we "kiss" more than play the game, but everyone always has a blast. I'll miss you, Richard!
  8. Scarlett

    Scarlett Well-Known Member

    The French are known to kiss on the cheek all the time. lol I really thought it was sweet, kind of like his gimmick. I'm sure if some of the women objected they could have told the Producers, who would have said something to Dawson. Producers knew that he was great enough to be asked back in the 90s, but he had deteriorated so much by that time (gained weight, old age) that he was not up to snuff.
  9. Englishboy

    Englishboy World Cup Champion

    I believe he was actually British by birth and 79 is quite a good age.

    I've only ever seen the version with the guy from Seinfeld hosting.
  10. Scarlett

    Scarlett Well-Known Member

    That's what my mother said. lol My first instinct was that with science being the way it is, everyone is living longer. :eek:
  11. MrsSuperman93

    MrsSuperman93 Well-Known Member

    Only ever watched him on Dallas' version of Family Feud.
    He seemed really funny!
    R.I.P (f)
  12. Luv4Cliff

    Luv4Cliff Active Member

    Loved him on Hogan's Heroes. RIP Richard. He was a charming gentleman.
  13. vaughnleland

    vaughnleland Well-Known Member

    One of my favorite Dawson perofrmances was his guest spot on The Odd Couple ..doing a great little duet with Tony Randall.
  14. SnarkyOracle!

    SnarkyOracle! Well-Known Member

    His illness was apparently a brief one. And you know what that means:

  15. minx

    minx Well-Known Member

    Anyone remember this? It was a short-lived (and apparently awful) Chuck Barris game show.

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  16. CarlD

    CarlD Well-Known Member

    BEST "Family Feud" host for sure.

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