|Date of Birth||20 November 1932 , Gosport, Hampshire, England, UK|
|Date of Death||2 June 2012 , Los Angeles, California, USA (complications related to esophageal cancer)|
|Birth Name||Colin Lionel Emm|
The Kissing Bandit
|Height||5' 9" (1.75 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
While still on "Match Game", he hosted his own show, which he is most remembered by, called Family Feud (1976). His trademark, kissing all the female contestants, was one of the things that made the show a warm and friendly program, along with his quick wit, subtle jokes, and ability to make people feel at ease with being on camera. In 1987, Richard co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the science fiction action movie The Running Man (1987). Richard portrayed an egotistical game show host, Damon Killian, whom many say was a mirror image of himself at one time or another, during his real-life career.
When Richard was 61, he hosted the third incarnation of "Family Feud" in 1994, but had only a short run. On April 6, 1981, the Johnson family appeared on "Family Feud" and Richard was introduced to 27-year-old Gretchen Johnson. They had a daughter, Shannon Dawson (Shannon Nicole Dawson), in 1990, and were married in 1991. They were still married and reside in Beverly Hills, California. Richard narrated TV's Funniest Game Show Moments (1984) on Fox in early 2000. On Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd, 2000, he hosted a "Family Feud" marathon, which was filmed in 1995. Some people hear the name "Richard Dawson" and may not know who you're talking about. But say his name, followed by his famous quote "Survey said...!" or mention "Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes (1965)", and they're sure to know who you mean. Richard Dawson died at age 79 of complications from esophageal cancer on June 2, 2012.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lisa Hansen, RichardDawsonFan@aol.com
|Gretchen Johnson||(1991 - 2 June 2012) (his death) (1 child)|
|Diana Dors||(12 April 1959 - 1966) (divorced) (2 children)|