Richard Dawson (born Colin Lionel Emm; 20 November 1932 – 2 June 2012) was a British-American actor and comedian, and a game show host and panelist in the United States. Dawson was well known for playing Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes, a regular panelist on the 1970s version of Match Game on CBS from 1973–78, and as the original host of the Family Feud game show from 1976–85, and again from 1994–95.
Dawson died at age 79 from complications of esophageal cancer in Los Angeles, California, on 2 June 2012 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He was interred in Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles.
On June 7, 2012, GSN aired a 4-hour marathon of Dawson's greatest moments on Match Game and Family Feud, including the first episode of Dawson's 1994 return season.