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Richard Dawson
Name: Colin Lionel Emm
Born: November 20, 1932
Birth Hometown: Gosport, Hampshire, England
Died: June 2, 2012 (age 79)
Place of death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation: Host, Actor, Comedian
Years active: 1960-1995
Known for: Regular panelist for Match Game; Original host of Family Feud

Richard Dawson (born Colin Lionel Emm on November 20, 1932; died June 2, 2012) was a British-born American Daytime Emmy award-winning actor, comedian, game show panelist and host. He was best known as a celebrity panelist of Match Game and the original host of Family Feud (until 1988 when he was then proceeded by Ray Combs, but then came back later in 1994).

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One of his trademarks, kissing all the female contestants, was one of the things that made Family Feud appear to be a warm and friendly program. He was nicknamed "The Kissing Bandit". He stopped this trademark gesture by announcing on the premiere of the 1994 version of Family Feud that he promised his daughter not to do it anymore. Richard became a US citizen in 1984.


He narrated TV's Funniest Game Shows for FOX in November 2000.


Dawson died on June 2, 2012, from esophageal cancer, just five months short of his 80th birthday. His death came exactly 16 years after the death and suicide of Ray Combs, his predecessor and successor.

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