Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/4/2012 (3 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 (3 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'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Celebrity

Co-Founder of Jefferson Airplane, Jeff Kantner dies at 74 Watch

Image of Paul Kantner left Jefferson Starship in 1984, complaining that it had become too commercial. Photo courtesy Chesher Cat.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The founding member of psychedelic rock group Jefferson Airplane, as well as the guiding force behind Jefferson Starship has died from organ failure at the age of 74. While a figurehead for hippie utopianism, Kantner came clean in a 1981 interview. "The rock ... continue reading


Leonardo DiCaprio meets with Pope Francis Watch

Image of DiCaprio and Pope Francis met on January 28, 2016. (L'Osservatore Romano Foto)

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Oscar-nominated, Leonardo DiCaprio had an audience with Pope Francis the morning of January 28. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It is widely accepted that DiCaprio is passionate about the environment, in many similar ways as our beloved pope, so a meeting between ... continue reading


'You have angels around you.' Actor Jamie Foxx pulls man from burning car - and doesn't consider it 'heroic' Watch

Image of The Oscar-winning Jamie Foxx told reporters that he just did what he had to do.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Jamie Foxx, who pulled a drunken driver from his car seconds before it exploded into flames, says he does not think what he did was "heroic." Both way, the man survived and his father gave tearful thanks to the 48-year-old Foxx. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Eagles guitarist, Glenn Frey joins David Bowie and Alan Rickman in another tragic loss for 2016 Watch

Image of Glenn Frey passed away at the age of only 67-years-old (EaglesOnlineCentral).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Famous Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey passed away at only sixty-seven-years-old following complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Frey was one of the founding members of the Eagles, which saw ... continue reading


'Grizzly Adams'' Dan Haggerty dies at 74 Watch

Image of The brawny actor with long hair and flowing beard played Grizzly Adams, a man wrongly accused of murder who takes to the wilderness.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In a month rife with celebrity deaths, "Grizzly Adams'" Dan Haggerty has succumbed to cancer at the age of 74. Haggerty played the iconic mountain man in both a 1976 film and for two seasons on a hit TV series. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The brawny ... continue reading


'A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes': Beloved actor, Alan Rickman dies at 69, after secret battle with cancer Watch

Image of Alan Rickman passed on Wednesday January 14 and broke hearts across the world (ThePlace2).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

British actor Alan Rickman, lovingly known for his numerous roles in dramas, comedies, romantic comedies, musicals and theater performances, passed away January 14. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The prominent actor died at only 69-years-old and was reportedly ... continue reading


Legendary musical performer David Bowie dies after battling cancer, age 69 Watch

Image of Bowie was a pop and folk singer until he hit upon the notion of Ziggy Stardust, a flamboyant, androgynous figure from another world in 1972.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Many consider legendary singer David Bowie's "Heroes" as his finest work. Bowie wrote the song after he saw a couple meeting in secret at the Berlin Wall. The soaring music and lyrics, "We can be heroes ... if just for one day" was seen as a testament to the ... continue reading


With $20 million fee for 'Force Awakens,' Harrison Ford named highest grossing actor in history Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Harrison Ford, thrilling audiences for almost four decades with his combination of charisma and screen presence has become the highest-grossing movie star in the history of film. The juggernaut that is "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" got him a $20 million payday, and a ... continue reading


Pat Harrington Jr. who played Schneider on 'One Day at a Time' dies at 86 Watch

Image of Pat Harrington's role on

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Actor Pat Harrington Jr. was best known for his role of "Schneider" on the long-running TV situation comedy "One Day at a Time." On the show, Harrington played a cocky repairperson, under the impression that he was a hit with women, forever getting into the ... continue reading


Singer Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole, dies at 65 Watch

Image of Cole had longed declined to perform her father's works in concert.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The daughter of American Standards-singer Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, would forge her own inimitable musical career . and then later in life would give musical homage to her father has died at the age of 65. Plagued by substance abuse and kidney failure, Cole ... continue reading


All Celebrity News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

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

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 58:1-9
1 Shout for all you are worth, do not hold back, raise your voice like a ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 18-19
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 9:14-15
14 Then John's disciples came to him and said, 'Why is it that we and the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 12th, 2016 Image

St. Buonfiglio Monaldo
February 12: He was one of seven Florentines who had joined ... Read More