(Nov. 20, 1932 - June 2, 2012)
Richard Dawson (nee Colin Lionel Emm), born Nov. 20, 1932, died June 2, 2012 from esophageal cancer. The British-born actor became a United States citizen in 1984.
Dawson was a cast member of the unexpected hit series, Hogan's Heroes, (1965-71), portraying Cpl. Peter Newkirk. The sitcom revolved around a WWII prisoner camp.
Known perhaps best for hosting the popular game show, Family Feud, (1976-89), Dawson was also a regular guest on the '70s popular game show, Match Game 73 (1973-82).
Dawson is survived by his wife, Gretchen, their daughter Shannon, two sons, Mark and Gary, from his first marriage to British film star Diana Dors, and four grandchildren.
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