Richard Dawson
Name Colin Lionel Emm
Born November 20, 1932
Place Gosport, Hampshire, England
Died June 2, 2012
Place Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death Esophageal cancer
Occupation Game Show Host, Actor, Comedian
Spouse Diana Dors (m. 1959–1966; divorced)
Gretchen Johnson (m. 1991–2012; his death)

Richard Dawson (born Colin Lionel Emm on November 20, 1932; died June 2, 2012) was a British-born American Daytime Emmy award-winning actor, comedian, game show panelist and host. He was best known as the original host of Family Feud.

One of his trademarks, kissing all the female contestants, was one of the things that made Family Feud appear to be a warm and friendly program. He was nicknamed "The Kissing Bandit". He stopped this trademark gesture by announcing on the premiere of the 1994 version of Family Feud that he promised his daughter not to do it anymore. Dawson became a US citizen in 1984.

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Remembering Richard Dawson - Richard's Return


Richard Dawson Tribute Website
Richard Dawson Tribute Facebook Page

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