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Posted by wlpo on June 3, 2012

A producer of “Family Feud” once estimated that Richard Dawson had kissed about 20,000 women during the timehe hosted the show. The kiss became something of a trademark for Dawson, along with his swaggering style, his wisecracks and his British accent. The popular game show host died last night from complications of cancer at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 79 years old. Before “Family Feud,” Dawson was best known to American TV audiences as one of the prisoners-of-war in “Hogan’s Heroes,” a comedy in which the prisoners outsmarted their Nazi captors and ran the place themselves. Dawson once quipped that the show ran for six years — which he said was “a year longer than Hitler.” Dawson began as a stand-up comic in London. In the early 1960s, he landed roles in U.S. comedy and variety shows. His performance as a military prisoner in the 1965 film “King Rat” led to his casting on “Hogan’s Heroes.”

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