Family Feud Host Richard Dawson Dies

The mouth that kissed thousands of cheeks took its last breath this weekend as Richard Dawson passed away at the age of 79. Dawson was best known as the host of Family Feud in the '70s and '80s, where he coined the show's famous phrase, "Survey says?" The Emmy winner had been battling esophageal cancer and passed away in Los Angeles Saturday evening.

British-born Dawson was a hoot as the host of Family Feud, effortlessly engaging in banter and wisecracks. He made a trademark out of puckering up and planting one on the cheeks of many female contestants. Family Feud producer Howard Felsher estimates that Dawson kissed around 20,000 ladies as part of his job.

Dawson was also known for playing Newkirk in CBS's Hogan's Heroes, and made a memorable turn as the host of a more morose game show in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick The Running Man.

It's not easy dealing with stupid people day in and day out, but Dawson made it look easy. He was one of the best at the shtick of game-show host, and will be missed.

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