Richard Dawson, Actor
The original host of TV’s Family Feud and one of Hogan’s Heroes, passed away Saturday night. Richard Dawson was 79.
Dawson’s son Gary shared the sad news via Facebook, saying, “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.”
Dawson is known to many for his first major TV role was the Cockney POW Cpl. Peter Newkirk on the war-themed comedy Hogan’s Heroes (1965-1971). After the show ended its run, he appeared as a panelist on I’ve Got a Secret and Match Game. It wasn’t until Family Feud came along in 1976 that he began a gig as a TV host until the show’s end in 1985. On the show he was famous for smooching female players.