Originally posted by LA NOW blog (latimesblogs.latimes.com)'Family Feud' host Richard Dawson dies at 79 June 3, 2012 | 8:23 am
Richard Dawson, the longtime "Family Feud" game-show host and "Hogan's Heroes" actor, has died in Los Angeles. He was 79.
His son, Gary Dawson, announced his death via Facebook.
"It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away [Saturday] 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," Gary Dawson wrote.
For me, I was too young to recall his 1st Feud stint and didn't know he returned to replace Ray Combs until I had Internet access in the late 90s. Some of my favorite Feud episodes of his era were from the early "200 points to win the main game" years.
Obviously, most remembered for Family Feud (rightfully so), along with being the only panelist on Match Game you could rely on to give you, y'know, the right answers. Throw in Hogan's Heroes and the Running Man and that's what you call a legacy right there.
"Never piss off a hawk with a blowgun" - Conan O'Brien
Among other things I like about Dawson besides what I considered to be the best part of Hogan's Heroes along with the brilliant Larry Hovis, is his appearance in the Longest Day along with an almost invisible Sean Connery.
Yeah, Dawson's legacy was the Feud. But Hogan's is my best memory of him. He was also in another war movie with Bill Holden called the Devil's brigade. He just has a couple lines, but he's brilliantly funny in the comedy relief role in the movie. Plus I believe he dies.
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy - Swift
I grew up on Family Feud and thought he was a dick who was either drunk or on pills. Always kissing the women. I never understood how in all the years there was not ONE husband who did not get pissed when Dawson lingered a little too long on a kiss on the lips with his wife.
I watched Hogan's Heroes a lot too and loved him in that. understated and funny.
But The Running Man was Dawson at his best. He was perfect as Killian. My favorite part was the "Only in Rerun" reply to Arnold's "I'll be back". Dawson expression of "whatever" when Arnold said that line was perfect. I don't know how to copy the video but here is the link.
What a great episode. I have to commend the writers of the show. I didn't think they were gonna actually kill off Warrick, but he went in a blaze of glory. All the really cool science-y stuff was put to the backburners...