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Richard Dawson Net Worth $100 Thousand Dollars

Richard Dawson Net Worth: Born Colin Lionel Emm (November 20, 1932 — June 2, 2012) in Gosport, Hampshire, England, he experienced a successful career on both sides of the Atlantic. Few years later, he began making more cash as an unsanctioned professional fighter. After his tenure in the Merchant Marine, Dawson studied play, and eventually became a pretty successful cabaret and TV comic in Britain. Dawson moved to la in the early 1960s, and he soon got guest roles on The Jack Benny Program and The Dick Van Dyke Show. Dawson’s acclaim came together with the part of Cpl. Newkirk on Hogan’s Heroes, America’s lovable-Nazi sitcom, from 1965 to 1971. Following the cancellation of the show, Dawson became a routine for the past two seasons of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. The mid-1970s saw Dawson’s consistent existence on The Match Game, a panel game show where he caught the producers’ focus as a guy who could ad lib amusing. Soon, Dawson took on the part of a host with all the game show Family Feud, which became a huge success. While this show stayed extremely popular, Dawson was fired from Match Game in 1978 for perpetual grumpiness. In 1985 Feud was canceled, after which Dawson went on to play a murderous game show host in The Running Man (1987) with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The once popular Family Feud was revived in 1988, but with Ray Combs as host. Once Combs’s variant of Feud faltered, Dawson was brought back to host in 1994. However, the show was immediately canceled because of poor ratings. Not doing much work for the years to come, Dawson passed away in 2012 of complications from esophageal cancer.



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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Running Man1987Damon Killian
Mama's Family1983TV SeriesRichard Dawson
Angie1979TV SeriesRichard Dawson
The Love Boat1978TV SeriesBert Buchanan
How to Pick Up Girls!1978TV MovieChandler Corey
Fantasy Island1978TV SeriesHarry Beamus
McMillan & Wife1975TV SeriesRoger Stambler
Hong Kong Phooey1974TV Series voice
The New Dick Van Dyke Show1973-1974TV SeriesRichard Richardson
Treasure Island1973Long John Silver (voice)
Keep an Eye on Denise1973TV Movie
Laugh-In1968-1973TV SeriesRegular Performer / Guest Performer
The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie1972TV SeriesSam Sniperley / Furniture Man
Wait Till Your Father Gets Home1972TV Series
Love, American Style1971-1972TV SeriesMelvin Danger (segment "Love and the Private Eye") / Danny (segment "Love and the Hiccups") / Rick Jagmund (segment "Love and the Groupie")
Hogan's Heroes1965-1971TV SeriesCpl. Peter Newkirk
McCloud1970TV SeriesTed Callender
The Devil's Brigade1968Pvt. Hugh MacDonald
Mr. Terrific1967TV SeriesMax
Munster, Go Home!1966Joey
Out of Sight1966Agent (uncredited)
King Rat1965Weaver
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1964TV SeriesRobert Johnson
The Outer Limits1964TV SeriesOliver Fair
Promises..... Promises!1963uncredited
The Dick Van Dyke Show1963TV SeriesTracy Rattigan
The Jack Benny Program1963TV SeriesAudience Member sitting next to Jack
The Longest Day1962British Soldier (uncredited)

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards2012TV Special in memory of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2009 Game Show Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Interviewee
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994TV SeriesHimself
Family Feud1988TV SeriesHost (1994-1995)
Richard Dawson and You Bet Your Life1988TV MovieHimself - Host
Dorothy Stratten: The Untold Story1985Video documentaryHimself
Family Feud1976-1985TV SeriesHimself - Host
TV's Funniest Game Show Moments1984TV SpecialHimself
I Remember It Well: ABC Daytime's 25th Anniversary Minutes1984TV MovieHimself - Host
All-Star Family Feud Special1978-1982TV SeriesHimself - Host
The 8th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Bizarre1980TV SeriesHimself - Host (1980)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1972-1980TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Himself - Guest / Himself
Playboy's Roller Disco & Pajama Party1979TV SpecialHimself - Host
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHimself
Match Game 731973-1978TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The 5th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
Family Feud1977TV SeriesHimself - Host
US Against the World1977TV MovieHimself
Tattletales1974-1977TV SeriesHimself
I've Got a Secret1976TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Mike Douglas Show1974-1976TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself - TV Game Show Host / Comedian
Celebrity Bowling1973-1976TV SeriesHimself
Match Game PM1975-1976TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Gong Show1976TV SeriesPanelist
ABC Late Night1975TV SeriesHimself (host)
Showoffs1975TV SeriesHimself
The Odd Couple1975TV SeriesHimself
Rhyme and Reason1975TV SeriesHimself
Masquerade Party1974TV SeriesHimself / Host
The Dean Martin Show1974TV SeriesHimself
Password All-Stars1973TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1969-1973TV SeriesHimself
The Vin Scully Show1973TV SeriesHimself
Cop Out!1972TV MovieHimself
I've Got a Secret1972TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Mantrap1971TV SeriesHimself
The Real Tom Kennedy Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Game Game1970TV SeriesHimself
Can You Top This1970TV SeriesHimself / joke teller
Name Droppers1969TV SeriesHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHimself
The Donald O'Connor Show1968-1969TV SeriesHimself
Operation: Entertainment1968TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHimself
How's Your Mother-in-Law?1968TV SeriesHimself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHimself - Bachelor Judge / Himself - Married Judge
The Hollywood Palace1965TV SeriesHimself - Sketch Actor
Laugh Line1960TV SeriesHimself
The Royal Variety Show1960TV MovieHimself
Juke Box Jury1959TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
The Diana Dors Show1959TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1959TV SeriesHimself
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z1958TV SeriesHimself
Show Case1954TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryCpl. Peter Newkirk - Hogan's Heroes
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Svengoolie2012TV SeriesJoey
Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates2004Video documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments2002TV SpecialHimself
Playboy: The Party Continues2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Moonlighting1985TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorThe Running Man (1987)
1978Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation ShowFamily Feud (1976)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1985Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host in a Game ShowFamily Feud (1976)
1984Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation ShowFamily Feud (1976)
1983Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation ShowFamily Feud (1976)
1982Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation ShowFamily Feud (1976)
1981Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation ShowFamily Feud (1976)
1980Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation ShowFamily Feud (1976)


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#Fact
1Was a longtime friend of Larry Hagman. Dawson used to visit Hagman, at his beach house, to play Frisbee, when he was living in Malibu, at the time.
2Off- the Hogan's Heroes (1965) set, he used to give young Charlene Tilton (one of Larry Hagman's understudies) candy and gum, prior to filming, when she was hanging around the studio that Dawson was in (of all the studios), and he took her around and watch him rehearse.
3Richard Dawson passed away on June 2, 2012, almost 6 months before the death of Larry Hagman. The most coincidental thing is they both used to live not too far away from each other near Los Angeles, California.
4Just three weeks before his death, he thought he had a heartburn and went in the hospital, where he found out he had Stage 4 esophageal cancer. He also suffered a heart attack during the first radiation treatment.
5In early 1994, upon returning to Family Feud (1988), he was insisted that he lost weight, due to the excessive smoking. He didn't lost any, and as a result, he cameback. Another thing was he insisted that the "Bullseye Round," would be replaced with "Bankroll Round," because he hated the one thing during the Ray Combs version.
6Except for that one time, which (of course) was the very first episode of his return on Family Feud (1988), he did not kiss the female contestants, because of a commitment he made to his young daughter only to kiss his wife.
7Before Markie Post, would become a successful actress, she used to work on his show Family Feud (1976), as a writer.
8Before each commercial break on Family Feud (1976), whenever the last answer is revealed, he would often make a comment about it.
9Dawson frequently took advantage of the original Family Feud (1976) producer, Howard Felsher off- the set, because he wanted to accept exact answers from contestants, Felsher didn't think any of them would be accepted. Dawson ditched Felsher, and his former daughter-in-law Cathy Hughart Dawson, replaced Felsher, and was promoted as the new producer of the show, from 1983 to 1985, at the same time, Felsher was also promoted to being executive producer.
10Before he was a successful actor, comedian and a game show host, he was Mike Stokey's co-host on his local talk show.
11He was very disappointed when Hogan's Heroes (1965) was canceled at the end of the sixth season, when it was caught up in the infamous "rural purge" of American television network programming (particularly on CBS). The "rural purge" was widespread series cancellations, beginning in 1969 and lasting until 1972, and due to the inclusion of new statistical demographics from television ratings agency Neilsen, and sponsors alarmed by the older, "more countrified" audiences for the shows canceled. Of the cancellations, almost all were still popular rural-themed shows with similarly skewed rural audiences, and took place at the end of the 1970-1971 television season. Included in the purge were all three of the country sitcoms: The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Petticoat Junction (1963), and Green Acres (1965).
12Met his first wife Diana Dors, through Victor Mature's stuntman, Tommy Yeardye.
13Dawson realized (of course) he'd said things and got away with it, because the first run of Family Feud (1976) had kept it on the air, long enough, and he did. Many of the things that he said were absolutely outrageous or politically incorrect.
14On Family Feud (1976), there were some objections to Dawson kissing strange women on National Television. ABC tried to influence the kissing to stop, but Dawson rebelled and said he was going to do it. Mark Goodson asked people to write in and say in favor of kissing or not, the responses were overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the kissing on.
15Had always behaved like a ladies' man to the young female contestants on the first incarnation of Family Feud (1976).
16His show Family Feud (1976) debuted only 8 days after the United States' Bi-Centennial date.
17Did not like to attend his co-star's or his friends' funerals.
18The first comedian ever to host a game show.
19When he began hosting Family Feud (1976), his show wasn't an immediate hit, also, it was only supposed to be a short-lived game show. 6 months later, ABC executives made the change to move his show from afternoon to the morning, to give it another shot, and fortunately, it did, which lasted for the remainder of the 8 seasons.
20Like fellow game show hosts, Bill Cullen, Wink Martindale and Bob Barker, Dawson was known to be a very busy television personality.
21During vacation in Hawaii, Dawson's manager called up Family Feud (1976) producer, Howard Felsher and telling him Dawson really wants to have his contract reopened and would be mentally incapable from coming back from Hawaii to continue with the show unless the contract would be reopened. Felsher advised Mark Goodson to not open the contract and if Dawson decides to quit the show, take the chance and let him quit because the show could stand on its own without him. However, the contract was reopened and Dawson received an enormous salary of over $2,000,000 a year. Big bucks for a game show host in the 1980s.
22On Hogan's Heroes (1965), he played a corporal, on The Devil's Brigade (1968), he played a private.
23When he auditioned for the role as host on Family Feud (1976), not only the producers were impressed, but he also wanted to make a show his own.
24Unlike his fellow game show host Bob Barker, Dawson kissed women on the cheek.
25Dawson was astounded by some of the ridiculous answer given by contestants on Family Feud (1976).
26Had wanted to become a game show host, because he was a popular panelist on game shows.
27His son Gary's godfather is Steve Allen.
28Was a Republican.
29Close friend of Steve Allen.
30Of English descent.
31Was one of the first guests of The Gong Show (1976).
32Was not a dancer.
33Was considered to replace Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), but Carson decided to stay with the show, until his official retirement in 1992.
34Was known to be a very, private person.
35Met Gene Rayburn on The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956), 14 years later, Dawson would later reunite with Rayburn on Match Game 73 (1973).
36Met Dick Van Dyke on an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961), where he played a young man, who did bird calls. The two later became friends until Dawson's death in 2012.
37When Dawson began acting, one of his first impressions was Sheldon Leonard.
38Much to the winning contestants who selected him on Match Game 73 (1973), the producers of that show invented "The Star Wheel," at the end of the fifth season, which replaced the "Head-To-Head Match." While the show's top prize could potentially be doubled and the new feature allowed more celebrities the chance to participate in the end game, it also eliminated of what effectively was Richard Dawson's "spotlight" feature. Dawson, unhappy with the change and more focused on his role as host of Family Feud (1976), left the panel on Match Game 73 (1973), a few weeks later.
39Was also a heavy smoker.
40Long lives ran in the family.
41Guest-starred on both sitcoms, whose episodes had him hosted Family Feud (1976) twice: Angie (1979) and Mama's Family (1983).
42His father, Arthur Emm, died in 1975, he was age 78.
43His mother, Josephine Emm, died in 1973, she was age 70.
44His mother is 6 years, his father's junior.
45He changed his name from Colin Emm to Richard Dawson, to pursue an acting career.
46Lifelong friends of Dick Van Dyke, Betty White and Vicki Lawrence.
47In 1950, after his discharge from the Navy, Dawson started performing stand-up comedy, at age 17.
48At age 31, Dawson moved to Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, in 1964, to pursue an a career, as an actor and a comedian.
49Was going to star in a sitcom for ABC, that didn't sell in the late 1970s.
50Did a farewell speech on the final episode of the original Family Feud (1976).
51TV Guide was creating a "Game Show" cover in the 1980s to highlight the resurgence of game shows since their downfall in the 1950s scandals. All the current game show hosts were invited to do a group picture but Richard Dawson declined because he felt he rated his own cover. They continued and printed the cover without him.
52Mentor of son Gary Dawson.
53After Dawson left the second incarnation of Match Game 73 (1973), fellow game show host, Bob Barker sat in his former place for the entire week, on the first week.
54After his role as host of Family Feud (1988), he retired from hosting game shows at 62.
55Ranked #5 as GSN's Top 10 Game Show Hosts of All Time.
56Has worked with Julie London on two shows: Laugh-In (1967) and Match Game 73 (1973).
57Met future game show announcer Gene Wood on an episode of Beat the Clock (1970). Dawson helped a young contestant transfer a candy cane in each other pockets, from apron to apron. This was before they worked together, as host/announcer team on the long-running ABC game show, Family Feud (1976).
58After the cancellation of Laugh-In (1967), producer Mark Goodson signed him to serve as one of the regular panelists alongside Brett Somers and Charles Nelson Reilly on Match Game 73 (1973).
59Before Paula Abdul became a successful singer and dancer, she worked with him on a movie, which she danced in, called The Running Man (1987).
60Ranked #14 on Life's 15 Best Game Show Hosts.
61Released a psychedelic 45rpm single including the songs "His Children's Parade" and "Apples & Oranges" on Carnation Records.
62Richard Dawson passed away on June 2, 2012, at 79. He also died on the same date, 16 years after Ray Combs committed suicide. Both Dawson and Combs hosted Family Feud (1976).
63Father of Mark Dawson and Gary Dawson.
64Left his role as panelist on Match Game 73 (1973) in 1978, to continue hosting Family Feud (1976) up until its first cancellation of the ABC version in 1985.
65Interred at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California, USA.
66His brother was a ballroom dancer, who also won a lot of awards.
67Jack Benny was said to be his idol.
68Had lived in the same house between 1964 to 2012, which was 48 years to date.
69Suffered a stroke in 2008 and recovered from it.
70Was also longtime friends with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
71After he died on June 2, 2012, Robert Clary is the only surviving original cast member of Hogan's Heroes (1965).
72Once did an impression of Frankie Laine, upon arrival on a stage in Plymouth, England.
73When he was growing up, he wanted to work at a dock yard in Portsmouth, England.
74The youngest brother.
75When he moved to Beverly Hills, California, he worked at a nightclub, where he met Carl Reiner, and guest-starred in a The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) episode titled "Racy, Tracy Rattigan", plus his name appeared as Dick Dawson.
76Friends with: Shirley Jones, Bob Barker, Bob Eubanks, Bill Cullen, Chuck Barris, Geoff Edwards, Wink Martindale, Pat Sajak, Jim Lange, Alex Trebek, Charles Nelson Reilly, Steve Allen, Julie London, Marla Gibbs, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Gavin MacLeod, Betty White, Vicki Lawrence, Larry Manetti, Carl Reiner, Bill Bixby, Dick Van Dyke, Patty Duke, Jim Perry, Bob Crane, Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Larry Hagman, Mickey Rooney, Beverly Garland, Chuck Woolery and Dick Clark.
77His father, Arthur Emm, who was born in America, was a furniture mover, and his mother, Josephine (Lindsay) Emm, who was born in England, was a housewife.
78When he went to Plymouth, England, to do rehearsals at a repertoire, he needed printed music for performances.
79Was a very good friend of another retired game show host Bob Barker, who was also employed at Mark Goodson Productions, for 35 years, as host of The Price Is Right (1972).
80Grandfather of Lauren, Lindsey Dors, Tyler Emm and Emma Rose Dawson.
81While talking with a contestant on Family Feud who happened to be a member of the merchant marine, he mentioned that not only had he run away from home at 14 and joined the merchant marine; his first ship was the Atlantis.
82Enjoyed singing, golfing and spending time with his family.
83Sons, Mark Dawson and Gary Dawson, and former daughter-in-law, Cathy Hughart Dawson, all worked for Mark Goodson Productions, including Family Feud (1976).
84When he replaced Ray Combs as host of Family Feud (1988), a second time in 1994, he made a promise to his daughter that he wouldn't do anymore kissing with the female contestants.
85Long before Kathy Najimy would become an actress, she would be one of his winning contestants on a family.
86Originated the phrase "Survey says", for Family Feud (1976), which every host after him used as well.
87Had five biggest winners in the 9 years of hosting the ABC version of Family Feud (1976), each of them were all 5x undefeated families: in first place, the Rizzo Family had won $33,000+ during the last season of the show, in second place, the McManus Family had won $30,204 in 1984, in third place, the Larkey Family had won $29,170 during the first season of the show, in fourth place, the Tack Family had won $29,197 in 1980, and in fifth place, the Panatonni Family had won $29,916 in 1981.
88Was not the first choice to host the original Family Feud (1976) for ABC, when Mark Goodson found out that Geoff Edwards was under contract with both Chuck Barris and Bob Stewart, hence, he was unavailable to host the show's pilot.
89He was offered the lead role as Captain, Robert Hogan in Hogan's Heroes (1965), but he refused it, because his voice did not sound American enough, hence, the role was given to Bob Crane. Dawson was then offered the role of Corporal Peter Newkirk, which he accepted.
90After his divorce from Diana Dors, he continued to send flowers to his ex-wife on her birthday, every year, and always defended her.
91When the third incarnation of Family Feud (1999) debuted, comedian Louie Anderson invited him to come on the premiere episode to give him his blessing, but he refused.
92Before he was an actor, comedian and a game show host, he worked as a waiter.
93On the final week of Family Feud (1976), his devoted fan and friend, Alex Trebek appeared on the show.
94Before Family Feud (1988) was revived in 1988, producer Mark Goodson, would not allow him to come back as host, because of conflicts with the producers. Instead, he wanted to restart the show with a new host, so he hired Ray Combs. After Goodson's death in December 1992, his son Jonathan M. Goodson took over the show's production company and, in a failed attempt to boost the declining ratings, replaced Combs with Dawson in 1994.
95Best-remembered by the public for his role as Corporal "Peter Newkirk" in the television series, Hogan's Heroes (1965) and as the host of Family Feud (1976).
96His second wife, Gretchen, has appeared as a contestant on Win Ben Stein's Money (1997).
97Picked up the nickname "The Kissing Bandit" during the initial run of Family Feud (1976) because he greeted every attractive female contestant with a kiss.
98Won the Password All-Stars (1961) All-Stars Grand Master Championship in 1975 against Betty White, Bill Bixby, and Hal Linden. He gave his winnings to a children's charity.
99During an interview early in the Family Feud (1976) run, he revealed that he enjoyed wearing and collecting T-shirts (a huge fad in the 1970s). Shortly after, the custom began of families on Feud presenting him a shirt early in the game, usually during the "introduce the family members" portion. As a result, he has one of the largest collections of unique and rare T-shirts in the world.
100Was a friend of the late Bill Bixby, who appeared as a panelist on the pilot of Richard's trashy television game show, Cop Out! (1972), and on Masquerade Party (1974).
101Has one brother. Father with second wife of actress Shannon Dawson.
102Hosted Family Feud (1976) for a total of ten years: nine consecutive years (1976-1985) and one non-consecutive year (the 1994-1995 season).
103Met his second wife Gretchen when she was a contestant on Family Feud (1976) in 1981.
104Became a United States citizen in 1984 and showed his passport and photo to America during the intro to a Family Feud (1976) episode.
105Hosted Thanksgiving Day "Family Feud Marathon" in 1995, aired November 23rd, 2000.
106Joined the Merchant Marines at 14 and stayed for 3 years.

#Quote
1It's important to me that on 'Family Feud' I could kiss all the people. It sounds crazy but when I first came here Petula Clark was on a show with Nat King Cole and he kissed her on the cheek and eighty-one stations in the South canceled him. I kissed black women daily and nightly on 'Family Feud' and the world didn't come to an end, did it?
2They kept us on the air probably a year more than they should have. We were burying them. [in 1985, on ABC's cancellation of Family Feud (1976)].
3I'm a hustler. I'm a smartass, but I love people.
4[When the male hunks thought they'd won the game] It's wonderful to win, but don't get cocky about it!
5Be nice to each other. You can make a whole day a different day for everybody.

#Trademark
1The catchphrase - "Survey Says!"
2Performing a Donald Duck impersonation
3Kissed the female contestants, earning him the nickname "The Kissing Bandit"
4Often closed the show with the phrase, "Love ya, we'll see you here on the Feud."

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