Beloved game show host and kissing bandit Richard Dawson has passed away. The former Family Feud host died on Saturday at the age of 79 from complications related to esophageal cancer. He began his career as a stand up comedian before booking roles on The Steve Allen Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hogan’s Heroes, and eventually the sadistic game show host who terrorized Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Running Man.
As Feud’s original host, Dawson kissed “somewhere in the vicinity of 20,000″ contestants. One of which was Gretchen Johnson, the woman who would become his second wife. Dawson is survived by Gretchen and their daughter, as well as two sons from his first marriage to actress Diana Dors.
An icon has passed and we should not allow him to die in vain. I beseech you. Lay down your differences. It’s time that all of this feuding should end.