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Richard Dawson

Highest Rated: 63% The Running Man (1987)

Lowest Rated: 60% Cocaine Angel (2007)

Birthday: Nov 20, 1932

Birthplace: Gosport, Hampshire, England, UK

Trained in British repertory, actor Richard Dawson achieved prominence in the late '50s as a cabaret and TV comedian. Arriving in the U.S. in 1961, Dawson made the variety-show rounds with an act consisting largely of quickie celebrity impressions. One of his first acting assignment was as Peter Sellers' takeoff Racy Tracy Rattigan in a 1963 episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show. A solid dramatic role as a military prisoner in King Rat led to a longer stint as resourceful cockney POW Peter Newkirk on the popular sitcom Hogan's Heroes (1965-1971). After appearing as a regular on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Dawson settled into his true niche as a wisecracking game-show host. From 1976 through 1985, he emceed TV's The Family Feud, winning an Emmy Award for his troubles (he later resumed his Family Feud hosting chores in the 1994 syndicated version). Fittingly enough, Richard Dawson's first feature-film role after Feud was as the smarmy host of a futuristic life-or-death quiz program in Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Running Man (1989).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
60% Cocaine Angel Hurricane Mike 2007
63% The Running Man Damon Killian 1987
No Score Yet Treasure Island Actor 1972
60% The Devil's Brigade Hugh MacDonald 1968
No Score Yet Munster, Go Home Joey 1966
No Score Yet King Rat Weaver 1965

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
1973
Performer 2018
No Score Yet Match Game
2016
2016
No Score Yet Mama's Family
1983-1990
Himself 1983
No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes
1965-1971
Peter Newkirk Newkirk 1979
1971
1970
1969
1968
1967
1966
1965
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Himself 1975
No Score Yet The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1962-1965
Robert Johnson 1964
1963
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
Tracy Rattigan 1963

QUOTES FROM Richard Dawson CHARACTERS

Damon Killian Running Man Game-Show Host says: You bastard! Drop dead!

Ben "Butcher of Bakersfield" Richards says: I don't do requests.

Damon Killian Running Man Game-Show Host says: Ladies & Gentlemen, if you just bear with us, we are experiencing technical difficulties.

Elderly Lady says: Bullshit!

Ben "Butcher of Bakersfield" Richards says: [to Killian] One of us is in deep trouble. [Sven enters]

Damon Killian Running Man Game-Show Host says: [laughs] Sven, do you wanna talk to Mr. Richards? [long pause]

Damon Killian Running Man Game-Show Host says: Well?

Sven says: I've got to score some steroids. [Sven leaves]

Damon Killian Running Man Game-Show Host says: Drop dead!

Ben "Butcher of Bakersfield" Richards says: I don't do requests.

Damon Killian Running Man Game-Show Host says: Do you know who I am?

Ben "Butcher of Bakersfield" Richards says: I seen you before. You're the asshole on TV.

Damon Killian Running Man Game-Show Host says: What, steroids make you deaf? GET HIM OUT OF HERE!

Damon Killian Running Man Game-Show Host says: Gilligans Island, yeah the one with the boat!

Ben "Butcher of Bakersfield" Richards says: Killian! I'll be back!

Damon Killian Running Man Game-Show Host says: Only in a rerun. Go!!

Damon Killian Running Man Game-Show Host says: Only in a rerun. Go!

Damon Killian Running Man Game-Show Host says: Who do you love, and who loves you?!

Damon Killian Running Man Game-Show Host says: Who loves you and who do you love!