Richard Dawson (I) (1932–2012)


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Richard Dawson was born Colin Lionel Emm on November 20, 1932 in Gosport, Hampshire, England. When he was 14, he joined the Merchant Marine 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. In the late 1950s, Richard met a British actress named ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Running Man Damon Killian
(1987)
Family Feud Self - Host
(1976-1985)
Hogan's Heroes Newkirk / Cpl. Peter Newkirk / Papa Bear
(1965-1971)
The Devil's Brigade Pvt. Hugh MacDonald
(1968)

Filmography

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 1987 The Running Man
Damon Killian
 1983 Mama's Family (TV Series)
Richard Dawson
- Family Feud (1983) ... Richard Dawson
 1979 Angie (TV Series)
Richard Dawson
- Family Feud (1979) ... Richard Dawson
 1978 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Bert Buchanan
 1978 How to Pick Up Girls! (TV Movie)
Chandler Corey
 1978 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Harry Beamus
- Call Me Lucky/Torch Song (1978) ... Harry Beamus
 1975 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Roger Stambler
- Aftershock (1975) ... Roger Stambler
 1975 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
Richard Dawson
- Laugh Clown, Laugh (1975) ... Richard Dawson
 1973-1974 The New Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Richard Richardson
- Lt. Preston of the 4th Cavalry (1974) ... Richard Richardson
- Commercial Housewives (1974) ... Richard Richardson
- He Who Steals My Friends (1973) ... Richard Richardson
- Mr. Dazzle (1973) ... Richard Richardson
- Preston al Naturale (1973) ... Richard Richardson
 1974 Hong Kong Phooey (TV Series) (voice)
 1973 Treasure Island
Long John Silver (voice)
 1973 Keep an Eye on Denise (TV Movie)
 1973 ABC Comedy News (TV Series)
Richard Dawson
- Episode dated 14 March 1973 (1973) ... Richard Dawson
 1970-1973 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Regular Performer
- Episode #6.24 (1973) ... Regular Performer
- Episode #6.23 (1973) ... Regular Performer
- Episode #6.21 (1973) ... Regular Performer
- Episode #6.20 (1973) ... Regular Performer
 1972 The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (TV Series)
Sam Sniperley / Furniture Man
- Oliver and the Artful Dodger: Part 2 (1972) ... Sam Sniperley / Furniture Man (voice)
- Oliver and the Artful Dodger: Part 1 (1972) ... Sam Sniperley / Furniture Man (voice)
 1972 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (TV Series)
Claude
- The Hippie (1972) ... Claude (voice)
 1971-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Melvin Danger (segment "Love and the Private Eye") / Danny (segment "Love and the Hiccups") / Rick Jagmund (segment "Love and the Groupie")
- Love and the Anxious Mama/Love and the Boomerang/Love and the Private Eye (1972) ... Melvin Danger (segment "Love and the Private Eye") (voice)
- Love and the Fuzz/Love and the Groupie/Love and the Housekeeper/Love and Women's Lib (1971) ... Rick Jagmund (segment "Love and the Groupie")
 1965-1971 Hogan's Heroes (TV Series)
Newkirk / Cpl. Peter Newkirk / Papa Bear
- Rockets or Romance (1971) ... Newkirk
- Look at the Pretty Snowflakes (1971) ... Newkirk
- Hogan's Double Life (1971) ... Newkirk
- Kommandant Gertrude (1971) ... Newkirk
- The Kamikazes Are Coming (1971) ... Newkirk
 1970 McCloud (TV Series)
Ted Callender
- The Stage Is All the World (1970) ... Ted Callender
 1968 The Devil's Brigade
Pvt. Hugh MacDonald
 1967 Mr. Terrific (TV Series)
Max
- The Formula Is Stolen (1967) ... Max
 1966 Munster, Go Home!
Joey
 1966 Out of Sight
Agent (uncredited)
 1965 King Rat
Weaver
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Robert Johnson
- Anyone for Murder? (1964) ... Robert Johnson (as Dick Dawson)
 1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Oliver Fair
- The Invisibles (1964) ... Oliver Fair (as Dick Dawson)
 1963 Promises..... Promises! (uncredited)
 1963 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Tracy Rattigan
- Racy Tracy Rattigan (1963) ... Tracy Rattigan (as Dick Dawson)
 1963 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Audience Member sitting next to Jack
- Jack Meets Max Bygraves (1963) ... Audience Member sitting next to Jack
 1962 The Longest Day
British Soldier (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commercial: Jell-O. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Portrayals | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dickie Dawson | Dick Dawson | Richard & Jody

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)

Spouse:

Gretchen Johnson  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »

Parents:

Josephine Emm | Arthur Emm
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

It's important to me that on 'Family Feud' I could kiss all the people. It sounds crazy but when I first came here Petula Clark was on a show with Nat King Cole and he kissed her on the cheek and eighty-one stations in the South canceled him. I kissed black women daily and nightly on 'Family Feud' and the world didn't come to an end, did it? See more »

Trivia:

In early 1994, upon returning to Family Feud (1988), he insisted that he lost weight due to his excessive smoking. He hadn't lost any, and as a result, he came back. Another thing he insisted on was that the "Bullseye Round" would be replaced with "Bankroll Round," because he hated it during the Ray Combs version. See more »

Trademark:

Kissed the female contestants, earning him the nickname "The Kissing Bandit" See more »

Nickname:

Kissyface See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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