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Richard Dawson Net Worth 2020, Biography, Career and Death

Richard Dawson Net Worth 2020, Biography, Career and Death.

Richard Dawson Net Worth 2020 – Richard Dawson is known as an actor, comedian and a game show host of British origin. As an actor, he became known to TV audiences in the 1960s when he landed the role of Corporal Peter Newkirk on the sitcom Hogan’s Heroes.

Richard Dawson Net Worth 2020

Richard Dawson Net Worth 2019


Dawson was born Colin Lionel Emm on November 20, 1932. He was born to Arthur and Josephine Emm in Gosport, Hampshire, England. He left home at age 14 to join the British Merchant Navy and there, he began a career in boxing.

He was discharged from the navy after 2 years and he opted to pursue a career in comedy, bearing the stage moniker “Dickie Dawson”.

Upon attaining adulthood, he changed his stage name to “Richard Dawson” which he eventually adopted as his legal name.

Richard Dawson was married to Gretchen Johnson for over a decade. Dawson was previously married to British actress Diana Dior.


Dawson was only a 14-year-old boy when he ran away from home, lied about his age and joined the Merchant Marines. Few years later, he started making some extra cash as an unsanctioned professional boxer.

After his tenure at the Merchant Marine, Dawson studied drama, and eventually became a pretty successful cabaret and TV comedian in Britain. Dawson moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s, and he soon got guest roles on The Jack Benny Program and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Dawson’s fame came with the role of Cpl. Newkirk on Hogan’s Heroes, America’s lovable-Nazi sit-com, from 1965 to 1971. After the cancellation of the show, Dawson became a regular for the last two seasons of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.

The mid-1970s saw Dawson’s consistent presence on The Match Game, a panel game show where he caught the producers’ attention as a guy who could ad lib funny. Soon, he took on the role of a host with the game show Family Feud, which became a huge hit.

On this show, the once-married Dawson met his second wife, Gretchen Johnson, when she and her family were contestants on Family Feud. While this show remained hugely popular, he was fired from Match Game in 1978 for perpetual grumpiness.

In 1985 Feud was canceled, after which Dawson went on to play a murderous game show host in The Running Man (1987) with Arnold Schwarzenegger. The once popular Family Feud was revived in 1988, but with Ray Combs as host.

Once Combs’s version of Feud faltered, Dawson was brought back to host in 1994. However, the show was quickly canceled due to bad ratings. Not doing much work for the years to come, Dawson passed away in 2012 of complications from esophageal cancer.

Net Worth

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Is Dawson Dead?

After his retirement, Richard Dawson remained resident in Beverly Hills, California. He died at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on June 2, 2012. His death was a result of complications from oesophageal cancer and he was 79 years old at the time of his death.