Richard Dawson

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In his three-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Richard Dawson (1932-2012) describes his path from comedy stages in the West End to game show sets in Hollywood. He discusses how he loves to make people laugh and shares how he made the jump from comedian to actor. He recalls his memorable roles on both The Dick Van Dyke Show and The New Dick Van Dyke Show, and speaks of his work as "Corporal Peter Newkirk" on Hogan's Heroes. Dawson also talks about his experiences as guest host for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and details how he got the gig for which he's most famous: hosting Family Feud. He recounts favorite moments from his years with Family Feud, and offers advice on how to be a considerate host and still get to kiss all the ladies. Paul Brownstein conducted the interview on December 1, 2010 in Beverly Hills, CA.

"It's very important to me that on 'Family Feud' I could kiss all people... I kissed black women daily and nightly on 'Family Feud' for 11 years and the world didn't come to an end, did it?"

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Highlights
Richard Dawson on kissing the ladies on Family Feud
Richard Dawson on loving the hosting spotlight of Family Feud
Richard Dawson on the magic of Family Feud - freezing a moment in time
Richard Dawson on how Family Feud fit him perfectly 
Richard Dawson on working on Hogan's Heroes
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood in England and early influences; on his childhood aspirations of working in the docks and his start in show business
On changing his name from Colin Emm to Richard Dawson; on crafting his first act as a comedian
On the first time he saw television - when he was on it; on moving to America and his start in television hosting; on his manager of 30-plus years
On acting on The Dick Van Dyke Show; on his role on Hogan's Heroes

Chapter 2

On the cast and premise of Hogan's Heroes; on the response to Hogan's Heroes once it aired; on a typical production week on Hogan's Heroes, and his favorite episodes
On the movie "Auto Focus" and Bob Crane's murder; on the legacy of Hogan's Heroes
On his role as guest star on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In; on The New Dick Van Dyke Show
On Match Game and his talent as a game show player; on Password and Family Feud

Chapter 3

On the premise of Family Feud; on the first day of taping Family Feud, kissing the ladies, and how he closed each show
On meeting his wife on Family Feud; on his favorite and least favorite contestants on the show
On what he learned about family from Family Feud; on the producers and creators of Family Feud
On celebrity episodes of Family Feud; on becoming a U.S. Citizen; on the cancellation of Family Feud

Chapter 4

On saying goodbye and then returning to Family Feud; on the subsequent hosts of Family Feud
On being guest host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show; on appearing as one of the first judges on The Gong Show; on guest-starring as himself on The Odd Couple
On working in films; on the then-current state of game shows; on his proudest achievement; on his biggest regret
On career advice; on how he'd like to be remembered
Shows

Dick Van Dyke Show, The

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Richard Dawson on getting on The Dick Van Dyke Show
Richard Dawson on working with the cast of The Dick Van Dyke Show
Richard Dawson on differences between The Dick Van Dyke Show and The New Dick Van Dyke Show

Family Feud

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Richard Dawson on hosting Family Feud
Richard Dawson on Family Feud
Richard Dawson on saying goodbye and then returning to Family Feud

Gong Show, The

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Richard Dawson on his appearance on the first episode of The Gong Show

Hogan's Heroes

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Richard Dawson on working on Hogan's Heroes
Richard Dawson on Hogan's Heroes

Jack Benny Program, The

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Richard Dawson on his first U.S. show, The Jack Benny Program

Match Game

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Richard Dawson on Match Game and his talent as a game show player

New Dick Van Dyke Show, The

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Richard Dawson on working on The New Dick Van Dyke Show
Richard Dawson on censorship and his character on The New Dick Van Dyke Show

Odd Couple, The (1970-75)

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Richard Dawson on his appearance as himself on The Odd Couple

Password

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Richard Dawson on hosting Match Game after his success at Password

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

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Richard Dawson on his role as guest star on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
Topics

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Richard Dawson on censorship on The New Dick Van Dyke Show

Characters & Catchphrases

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Richard Dawson on his Hogan's Heroes character, "Peter Newkirk"
Richard Dawson on his Hogan's Heroes character, "Peter Newkirk"

Pop Culture

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Richard Dawson on his Hogan's Heroes character, "Peter Newkirk"
Richard Dawson on his Hogan's Heroes character, "Peter Newkirk"

Television Industry

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Richard Dawson on censorship on The New Dick Van Dyke Show
Professions

Comedian

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Richard Dawson on crafting his first act as a comedian and getting into acting

Game Show Host

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Richard Dawson on hosting Match Game and Family Feud
Richard Dawson on how hosting Family Feud fit him perfectly 
Richard Dawson on advice to aspiring game show hosts

Hosts

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Richard Dawson on his start in television hosting with Mike Stokey
Richard Dawson on hosting Match Game and Family Feud
Richard Dawson on how hosting Family Feud fit him perfectly 
Richard Dawson on advice to aspiring game show hosts

Performers

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Richard Dawson on crafting his first act as a comedian and getting into acting
Genres

Comedy Series

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Richard Dawson on getting on The Dick Van Dyke Show
Richard Dawson on getting cast as "Peter Newkirk" on Hogan's Heroes
Richard Dawson on Hogan's Heroes

Game Shows

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Richard Dawson on Family Feud
People

Bob Barker

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Richard Dawson on hosting a show that Bob Barker gave him

Chuck Barris

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Richard Dawson on his appearance on the first episode of The Gong Show

Jack Benny

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Richard Dawson on his first U.S. show, The Jack Benny Program

Fred de Cordova

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Richard Dawson on guest-hosting The Tonight Show, produced by Fred De Cordova

Bob Crane

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Richard Dawson on his Hogan's Heroes co-star Bob Crane and how the two of them would play practical jokes on cast members
Richard Dawson on his off-camera relationship with Hogan's Heroes co-star Bob Crane

Michael Dann

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Richard Dawson on Michael Dann wanting Dawson to change his character's accent on Hogan's Heroes

Bobby Darin

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Richard Dawson on working with Bobby Darin on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

Dick Van Dyke

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Richard Dawson on working on The New Dick Van Dyke Show

Mark Goodson

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Richard Dawson on hosting Family Feud
Richard Dawson on the premise of Family Feud
Richard Dawson on the genius of Mark Goodson and his involvement with day to day operations of Family Feud

Steve Lawrence

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Richard Dawson on doing a Groucho Marx Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In sketch with Steve Lawrence

Sheldon Leonard

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Richard Dawson on getting on The Dick Van Dyke Show

Dick Martin

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Richard Dawson on his role as guest star on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

Groucho Marx

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Richard Dawson on doing a Groucho Marx Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In sketch with Steve Lawrence

Tony Randall

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Richard Dawson on his appearance as himself on The Odd Couple

Ronald Reagan

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Richard Dawson on Ronald Reagan as President

Carl Reiner

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Richard Dawson on getting on The Dick Van Dyke Show

Dan Rowan

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Richard Dawson on his role as guest star on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Richard Dawson on working with Arnold Schwarzenegger in "The Running Man"

William Shatner

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Richard Dawson on how William Shatner came close to becoming the host of Family Feud

Phil Silvers

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Richard Dawson on wanting to do his part of Hogan's Heroes as Phil Silvers doing "Sgt. Bilko"

Mike Stokey

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Richard Dawson on his start in television hosting with Mike Stokey

Bill Todman

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Richard Dawson on Bill Todman

John Wayne

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Richard Dawson on doing a sketch with John Wayne on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

Betty White

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Richard Dawson on Betty White's talents at Password

William Wyler

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Richard Dawson on making William Wyler laugh

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