Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/4/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Popular game show host succumbs to cancer at 79

With a wry expression, he belted out lines this shade of naughty on American television for decades. British actor and comedian Richard Dawson has died from cancer at the age of 79.

Richard Dawson played a game show host with a far deadlier intent in the comedic science-fiction satire 'The Running Man,' with Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987.

Richard Dawson played a game show host with a far deadlier intent in the comedic science-fiction satire "The Running Man," with Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/4/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Celebrity

Keywords: Richard Dawson, cancer, Family Feud, Match Game, Hogan's heroes


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "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," Richard's son, Gary Dawson said in an Internet posting.

Dawson first gained attention playing a British prisoner of war, Corporal Newkirk, in the 1960s comedy show "Hogan's Heroes." While that TV series has been granted a certain unwelcome notoriety - with its historically inaccurate depiction of Nazi captors as benevolent bumblers, the show made the ratings top 10 in its first season, 1965-66, and ran until 1971.

Dawson later became a regular on game shows, entertaining studio audiences with innuendos on "Match Game." Dawson later became host of "Family Feud," in which two families competed to see which one could more accurately predict Americans' answers to odd survey questions.

Dawson become notorious for kissing every female contestant he could get his hands on "Family Feud," which he hosted from 1976 to 1985 and again from 1988 to 1995. He won an Emmy award in 1978.

At the time the show first bowed out in 1985, executive producer Howard Felsher estimated that Dawson had kissed "somewhere in the vicinity of 20,000."

"I kissed them for luck and love, that's all," Dawson said at the time.

Dawson eventually married one of the contestants he met on the show, Gretchen Johnson, in 1991. She survives him, as does their daughter, Shannon. He is also survived by two sons, Gary and Mark Dawson, from his previous marriage to Hollywood starlet Diana Dors.

Dawson was born Colin Lionel Emm in 1932 in Gosport, England. When he was 14, he joined the Merchant Marines and served for three years. During that time, he made money boxing. He had to lie about his age and remain tough so the older guys would not hassle him.

Dawson played a game show host with a far deadlier intent in the comedic science-fiction satire "The Running Man," with Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2015
General Intention:
That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Missionary Intention: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.



Comments


More Celebrity

'World's Most Understood Poet' Rod McKuen dies at 81 Watch

Image of Rod McKuen read and sang his poetry in his distinctive hushed, throaty style he had honed after an early life as a rock singer cracked his natural tenor.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

His name raises ire among all so-called serious practitioners of "serious literature." Talk show host Dick Cavett once declared Rod McKuen as "the world's most understood poet." From his most famous poem, "Listen to the Warm:" "You have to make the good times ... continue reading


Edward Gorey's 'dreadful' storybooks continue to delight readers of all ages Watch

Image of Edward Gorey was an eccentric American artist and author who left behind well over a hundred books by the time of his death in 2000.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

American illustrator Edward Gorey, who died in 2000 at the age of 75, left behind an endearing legacy of "not quite right" storybooks enjoyed by children and adults. His stories were set in a gloomy netherworld that called to mind Victorian England, Edwardian ... continue reading


Adorable overload: If the Golden Globes was held in preschool... Watch

Image of George Clooney and his new wife Amal Alamuddin in tiny form.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The red carpet can sometimes be the most exciting part of an award show. Celebrities gather together in their best outfits, ready to impress and pose for pictures. This year's Golden Globes brought out the best in some big-named celebrities. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Actor Rod Taylor, star of Hitchcock's 'The Birds' dies aged 84 Watch

Image of Rod Taylor is probably best known as a masculine, if mother-dominated man pursued by playgirl Tippi Hedren prior to an avian apocalypse in director Alfred Hitchcock's

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Actor Rod Taylor was frequently cast as a macho man of action. He is probably best known as a masculine, if mother-dominated man pursued by playgirl, Tippi Hedren, prior to an avian apocalypse in director Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" in 1963. He has died of ... continue reading


Donna Douglas, Elly May Clampett on 'The Beverly Hillbillies' dies at 81 Watch

Image of Donna Douglas spent nine seasons as Elly May, one of the main characters of the hugely popular

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Many pop culture Web sites list Donna Douglas' character of Elly May Clampett as the single most eligible bachelorette in TV history:  "gorgeous, super wealthy and dumb." Douglas never minded being identified with that pop cultural figure, even if her TV and ... continue reading


'Gilmore Girls' actor Edward Herrmann dies at 71 Watch

Image of In the 1980s, Herrmann played the mild-mannered and moderate single man who revealed as the leader of a group of vampires in

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

While he played countless movie roles, actor Edward Herrmann was best known for the seven years he spent on the popular TV series "Gilmore Girls." Herrmann has lost his long battle with brain cancer at the age of 71. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Besides ... continue reading


It's time to SMILE! Here's a fresh dose of optimism from Astronaut and hero, Chris Hadifeld Watch

Image of Canadian Astronaut, Colonel Chris Hadfield (ret.) has a message of optimism for the new Year.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Few Americans know the names of the legendary astronauts that paved the way into space. Fewer still know the names of the space-faring heroes who fly today, still pioneering our first steps into the cosmic sea. However, Chris Hadfield, Canada's top aviator and one of ... continue reading


Just left the building: Remembering those who've left us in 2014 Watch

Image of The tragic suicide of manic comedian Robin Williams sobered many of his longtime fans about the

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel," author Maya Angelou once said. Angelou, to quote a euphemism, joined the choir invisible this year - leaving her literary ... continue reading


Devout Catholic, Mark Wahlberg asks forgiveness for crime committed as a teenager, is forgiven by victim Watch

Image of Mark Wahlberg is a devout Catholic who has asked for a pardon from Massachusetts for a crime he committed as a teenager. His victim has forgiven him.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Devout Catholic and Hollywood star, Mark Wahlberg has received a pardon from a man he was accused of attacking and blinding in 1988. Wahlberg was once an unruly teen, but after his brush with the law he changed his ways and is today a devout Catholic. Now he has been ... continue reading


Actor who played 'Addams Family's' Pugsley has died at the age of 59 Watch

Image of He was the most normal-looking member of a most unusual family on TV's

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

He was the most normal-looking member of a most unusual family on TV's  "The Addams Family." As Pugsley, Ken Weatherwax appeared to be just a chubby little boy in a striped T-shirt. But make no mistake, he shared his Gothic family's fondness for creative ill ... continue reading


All Celebrity News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
1 Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope ... Read More

Psalm, Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
69 and he has established for us a saving power in ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 4:35-41
35 With the coming of evening that same day, he said ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 31st, 2015 Image

St. John Bosco
January 31: What do dreams have to with prayer? Aren't they just random ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter