Most Kissable 'Family Feud' Host Dawson Dies

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Richard Dawson, the personable host known for making "Survey says..." a national catchphrase on the game show "Family Feud," died Saturday.  He was 79.

"Family Feud" initially aired from 1976 to 1985. An affectionate and humorous Dawson brought a charming style to the show, often kissing contestants on the cheek to make them feel at ease.

"I kissed them for luck and love, that's all," Dawson once said.

Dawson, a British-born entertainer, also starred in the 1960s sitcom "Hogan's Heroes." In 1978, he won a daytime Emmy Award for best game show host.

"He was able to inject his unique brand of humor into shows like 'Family Feud,'" "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak said about Dawson.

"He could be funny and biting, mischievous and playful, but he always respected the game and treated his players with kindness," Sakak said.

Dawson's son Gary announced on Facebook that his father died of complications from esophageal cancer.

"He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad, and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered," Gary wrote.

When asked a few years ago, how he'd like to be remembered, Dawson said, "That I was kind and a nice person, and you wouldn't want to move if you sat next to me on the bus...or maybe you would."

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