We have seen Richard Dawson hosting Family Feud for so many years now and it seems disturbing to know that he has already left us. Dawson has been known for being the wisecracking British entertainer who was among the schemers in the 1960s TV comedy “Hogan’s Heroes”, but he got really famous for almost a decade of kissing thousands of female contestants as host of the game show “Family Feud”. He died at the age of 79.
According to his son Gary, Richard Dawson died last Saturday night due to complications related to esophageal cancer at Ronald Reagan Memorial Hospital. His entire family as well as his friends in Hollywood and those people who has been great part of his career are all mourning for his death.
The game show, which initially ran from 1976 to 1985, pitted families who tried to guess the most popular answers to poll questions such as “What do people give up when they go on a diet?” And Dawson has already mastered the way of questioning the contestants, I just don’t know if he has mastered all those questions he has asked them every day in the show. In 1978, Dawson even won a daytime Emmy Award winning award as best TV game show host. He is even called as the “fastest, brightest and most beguilingly caustic interlocutor since the late great Groucho bantered and parried on ‘You Bet Your Life’ by Tom Shales of the Washington Post.
He was known for kissing every woman contestant from “Family Feud” and at the time the show bowed in 1985, executive producer Howard Felsher estimated Dawson had kissed “somewhere in the vicinity of 20,000.”
“I kissed them for luck and love, that’s all,” Dawson exclaimed during that time. His last appearance in Family Feud was in the year 1985.