Actor Richard Dawson, perhaps best known as the long time host of the TV game show “Family Feud”, passed away Sunday from complications due to esophageal cancer. He was 79.
Before his hosting duties on “Family Feud”, Dawson had also been famous for his role as POW Cpl. Peter Newkirk on the ’60s sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes”. Dawson had also been a regular participant on the celebrity panel of the 70’s TV game show “Match Game”, appearing for many years alongside other celebrities on the show such as Charles Nelson Reilly, Brett Somers and Fannie Flagg.
Dawson found his greatest fame hosting the “Family Feud” program from 1976 to 1985, during which time he became known for kissing female contestants on the show, “just for love and luck”, Dawson once quipped.
Dawson came out of retirement for the 1987 film “The Running Man” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing, ironically, a game show host, but with an evil side to him. Dawson is survived by his widow, Gretchen along with several children and grandchildren.
Richard Dawson, dead at age 79.