Richard Dawson

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Richard Dawson
  • Birth Name: Colin Lionel Emm
  • Birth Place: Gosport, Hampshire, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/20/1932, Scorpio
  • Date of Death: 06/02/2012
  • Profession: Actor; comedian; game-show host
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Richard Dawson Fast Facts:
  • Ran away from his childhood home and served in the Merchant Marines for three years as a teenager, earning money as an amateur boxer while enlisted.
  • Rose to prominence in the United States playing the role of British Corporal Peter Newkirk on the hit TV series Hogan's Heroes (from 1965 to '71).
  • As the host of the first incarnation of the popular game show Family Feud (1976-85), his penchant for kissing all the female contestants earned him the nickname "The Kissing Bandit."
  • Met his second wife, Gretchen, when her family appeared on Family Feud in 1981.
  • Won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work on the 1987 sci-fi film The Running Man, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Richard Dawson Relationships:
  • Gary Dawson - Son
  • Diana Dors - Ex-wife
  • Shannon - Daughter
  • Mark Dawson - Son
  • Arthur Emm - Father
  • Gretchen Johnson - Wife
  • Josephine Emm - Mother
  • John Emm - Brother

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