Best-known as the jovial host of the U.S. game show “Family Feud,” Dawson died from complications of esophageal cancer, said his son Gary Dawson, who announced his father's death Sunday on his Facebook page.
"He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad and a doting grandfather," the younger Dawson wrote.
Richard Dawson hosted “Feud” from 1976-1985 and again for one season from 1994-1995. His tagline, “Survey says…” became a national catchphrase and endeared him to generations of Americans.
Dawson was also an accomplished actor, most notably playing Cpl. Newkirk on the CBS sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes.”
Born in 1932 as Colin Lionel Emm in Gosport, England, Dawson is survived by his wife Gretchen Johnson and their daughter Shannon, as well as sons Gary and Mark from his first marriage, and four grandchildren.