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Richard Dawson 1932-2012

The Hollywood Reporter reports that actor and game show host Richard Dawson died on Saturday at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center from esophageal cancer. He was 79.

Dawson was best known for playing Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan’s Heroes from 1965 to 1971. He was also best known as a regular panelist on I Got a Secret and The Match Game until he got his big break as the popular host of Family Feud from 1976 to 1985.

Dawson appeared on films such as Munster, Go Home!, The Devil’s Brigade, and The Running Man.

Dawson also did voice roles for Hong Kong Phooey, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, and as Captain Smollett in an animated version of Treasure Island from 1973.

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