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Richard Dawson

Caporal Peter Newkirk in Hogan's Heroes

Photos Richard Dawson Birth name: Colin Lionel Emm
Birth date: 1932/11/20
Date of death : 2012/06/02 (80 years old)
Birth place : Gosport, Hampshire Angleterre
Height: 1.75 m

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Biography for Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson was born in Gosport, England on the November 20, 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. In the late 1950's, Richard met a British actress named Diana Dors. On April 12, 1959, while in New York for an appearance on "The Steve Allen Show" (1956), the two were married. Richard and Diana's first child, a son Mark was born in 1960 and a second son, Gary, was born in 1962. Richard and Diana separated in 1964 and eventually divorced in 1967.

When Richard moved to the United States, he began acting on the well-known series "Hogan's Heroes" (1965) in 1965. Richard played the lovable British Corporal Peter Newkirk. The show ended in 1971. Not long after that, in 1973, he became a panelist on "Match Game 73" (1973) and remained there until 1978.

While still on "Match Game," he hosted his own show, which he is most remembered by, called "Family Feud" (1976)_ . 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. In 1987, Richard co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie The Running Man (1987). Richard played an egotistical game show host, Damon Killian, whom many say was a mirror image of himself at one time or another, during his real-life career.

When Richard was 62, he hosted the third incarnation of "Family Feud" in 1994, but had only a short run. On April 6, 1981, the Johnson family appeared on Family Feud and Richard was introduced to 27 year old Gretchen. They had a daughter, Shannon Nicole, in 1990, and were married in 1991. They are still married and reside in Beverly Hills, California.

Richard is semi-retired. He narrated "TV's Funniest Gameshow Moments" on FOX in early 2000. On Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd, 2000 he hosted a Family Feud marathon which was filmed in 1995.

Some people hear the name "Richard Dawson" and may not know who you're talking about. But say his name followed by his famous quote "Survey said...!" or mention 'Newkirk on "Hogan's Heroes,"' and they're sure to know who you mean.


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Title Role
The New Dick Van Dyke Show Richard Richardson (2 episodes, 1973-2002)
The Running Man (1987) Damon Killian
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Guest Host (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
The Love Boat Bert Buchanan (1 episode, 1978)
How to Pick Up Girls! (1978) (TV) Chandler Corey
Fantasy Island Harry Beamus (1 episode, 1978)
McMillan & Wife Roger Stambler (1 episode, 1975)
The Odd Couple Richard Dawson (1 episode, 1975)
Hong Kong Phooey (1974) TV Series (unknown episodes)
Keep an Eye on Denise (1973) (TV)
Treasure Island (1973)
ABC's Wide World of Entertainment (1973) TV Series Host / ... (unknown episodes)
The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie Furniture Man / ... (2 episodes, 1972)
Love, American Style Danny (segment Love and the Hiccups) / ... (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) TV Series Regular Performer (unknown episodes, 1971-1973)
Hogan's Heroes Cpl. Peter Newkirk (165 episodes, 1965-1971)
McCloud Ted Callender (1 episode, 1970)
The Devil's Brigade (1968) Pvt. Hugh MacDonald
Mr. Terrific (1 episode, 1967)
Munster, Go Home! (1966) Joey
Out of Sight (1966) (uncredited) Agent
King Rat (1965) Capt. Weaver, paratrooper
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Robert Johnson (1 episode, 1964)
The Outer Limits Oliver Fair (1 episode, 1964)
Promises! Promises! (1963)
The Dick Van Dyke Show Tracy Ratigan (1 episode, 1963)
The Jack Benny Program (1 episode, 1963)


Joined the Merchant Marines at 14 and stayed for 3 years.

Appeared in an episode of "The Love Boat" (1977) with Robert Goulet.

Appeared on the TV Special "Bizarre" (1980) by Einstein and Bye with guest Steve Martin.

Appeared as a panelist on "Cop-Out", a game show pilot that never aired.

Hosted Thanksgiving Day "Family Feud Marathon" in 1995, aired November 23rd, 2000.

Recurring co-host on "The Tonight Show" (1962) during 1978-1980.

Richard became a U.S. citizen in 1984 and showed his passport and photo to America during the intro to a "Family Feud" (1976) episode.

Met his current wife Gretchen when she was a contestant on "Family Feud" (1976) in 1981.

Hosted "Family Feud" (1976) for a total of ten years: nine consecutive years (1976-1985) and one non-consecutive year (the 1994-95 season).

Hosted a 1988 pilot episode of "You Bet Your Life" (1980) which was never sold.

Was a friend of the late Bill Bixby, who appeared as a panelist on the pilot of Richard's trashy TV game show, "Cop-Out" and on "Masquerade Party" (1974).

During 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.

Won the "Password" (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.

Picked up the nickname "The Kissing Bandit" during the initial run of "Family Feud" (1976) because he greeted every attractive female contestant with a kiss.

His second wife, Gretchen, has appeared as a contestant on "Win Ben Stein's Money" (1997).


Spouse : Gretchen Johnson (1991 - present) 1 child, Diana Dors (12 April 1959 - 1966) (divorced) 2 children

Has one brother.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by abdest

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