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Richard Dawson Biography

Birth Name:
Colin Lionel Emm
Birth Place:
Gosport, Hampshire, England
Actor, comedian, game-show host

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


  • John Emm -- Brother
  • Shannon -- Daughter
  • Arthur Emm -- Father
  • Josephine Emm -- Mother
  • Gary Dawson -- Son
  • Mark Dawson -- Son
  • Gretchen Johnson -- Wife