Friday, May 06, 2005

A Short Biography of Richard Dawson

When I read Duane's entry, I misread Dawkins as "Dawson" and realized we don't have enough Richard Dawson-related content on this site.

Richard Dawson was born in Gosport, England on the 20th of November, 1932. When he was 14, he joined the Merchant Marines and served for three years. During that time he made money boxing. He had to lie about his age, and remain tough so the older guys wouldn't hassle him.

When he moved to the states, he began acting on the well-known series "Hogan's Heroes" in 1965. He played the loveable British Corporal Peter Newkirk. The show ended in 1971. Not long after that, in 1973, he became a panelist on "Match Game" and remained there until 1978. While still on "Match Game," he hosted his own show, which he is most remembered by, called "Family Feud." His trademark 'kissing all the female contestants' was one of the things that made the show a warm and friendly program, along with his quick wit, subtle jokes, and ability to make people feel at ease with being on camera. [Yeah, getting tongued by a creepy stranger always puts me at ease--shan]

In 1987, Richard co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie "The Running Man." Richard played an egotistical gameshow host, Damon Killian, whom many say was a mirror image of himself at one time or another, during his real-life career. [In other words, he's a dick--shan]

When Richard was 62, he hosted the third incarnation of "Family Feud" in 1994, but had only a short run.

You can read about Dick's fictional exploits here.


Blogger Duane said...

My trademark of kissing co-workers has led only to lawsuits (and a relationship). Do you need post-graduate experience to be a gameshow host?

8:13 AM  

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