Richard Dawson Game Show Host Died At Age 79

LOS ANGELES: Richard Dawson, the British-born amateur best accepted as host of the US bold appearance "Family Feud" and for his role on "Hogan's Heroes," has died at age 79 afterwards a action with cancer, his son said.

Dawson died backward Saturday at Ronald Reagan Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles from complications due to esophageal cancer, his son Gary said in a Facebook post.

"He was amidst by his family. He was an amazing talent, a admiring husband, a abundant dad, and a adoring
grandfather. He will be absent but consistently remembered," Gary Dawson said.

Dawson, whose accustomed name was Colin Lionel Emm, was built-in in Gosport, England on November 20, 1932. A career in actor ball eventually gave way to his acting career.

He appeared on several hit television shows in the 1960s including "Hogan's Heroes" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show", afore ablution into a continued run as the emcee of "Family Feud."

The bold show, which alveolate two families adjoin anniversary added in a challenge to assumption the actual answers to analysis questions, debuted in 1976.

Dawson, who was accepted for kissing changeable contestants, became the highest-paid bold appearance host at the time, and won a daytime Emmy accolade for his assignment in 1978.

The appearance was canceled in 1985, but was after reborn in syndication. It is currently hosted by actor-comedian Steve Harvey.

Dawson beatific up his own TV persona in the 1980s sci-fi blur "The Running Man" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, arena bold appearance host Damon Killian.

Dawson's aboriginal wife was British extra Diana Dors. He is survived by his two sons from that marriage, Mark and Gary, as able-bodied as his additional wife Gretchen -- a ancient adversary on "Feud" -- and their babe Shannon.

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