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Richard Dawson
Birth: Nov. 20, 1932
Gosport Borough
Hampshire, England
Death: Jun. 2, 2012
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Entertainer. Fondly remembered for playing the pocket-picking safe-cracker Corporal Peter Newkirk in the TV comedy series "Hogan's Heroes" (1965 to 1971). He became associated with 1970s TV game shows as a regular panelist on "Match Game" and as host of "Family Feud". Born Colin Emm in the Southern region of England, in the town of Gosport, his father was a truck driver, he joined the Merchant Marines at the age of fourteen. He later earned wages as a boxer and waiter, prior to making a name for himself as a comedian in England. He gradually was introduced to American TV audiences beginning with an appearance on Steve Allen's program in 1959, and during this period he married British sex-symbol Diana Dors, whom he remained with until their divorce in 1967. He moved onto motion pictures with roles in the films "King Rat" (1965), "Munster, Go Home" (1966), "The Devil's Brigade" (1968) and had an unforgettable part as the villainous game show host Damon Killian in the Arnold Schwarzenegger picture "The Running Man" (1987). During his run as host of "Family Feud" (1976 to 1985, 1994), Dawson became memorable for his consistent kissing of the female contestants. In fact, he would go onto marry a former contestant of the show in 1991. He died of complications from esophageal cancer. (bio by: C.S.) 
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  Diana Dors (1931 - 1984)
Westwood Memorial Park
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
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Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Jun 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91260193
Richard Dawson
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- Martin W
 Added: Feb. 26, 2017
Still seeing you on Match Game on GSN. Loved your talent. RIP
- Alan Humphrey
 Added: Feb. 20, 2017
I always remember you watching "Family Feud " on GSN. Especially when they win Big Money. I add your sound effect "bam" if they win. "BAM" is. Your trademark and no one change that.
- Ron
 Added: Feb. 17, 2017
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