Tuesday, June 5, 2012

In Memoriam: Richard Dawson (1932 - 2012)

If you grew up in the 70s and 80s you knew who Richard Dawson was and you loved him. He was one of those performers who was so unique and managed to have one of those careers where he did something for everybody.

Mom loved him as the host of Family Feud.

Dad loved him as Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes

And, of course, anybody who reads my blog loved him as Killian in The Running Man.

But to be perfectly honest, most people just loved him for being Richard Dawson, since he was almost most successful and beloved when he played himself... no doubt an idealized version of himself, but a version of himself all the same.

For whatever reason youtube has disabled the embedding of all clips from The Running Man, but watch this clip and tell me you don't love this guy too.


Justin Garrett Blum said...

God, I love that movie.

Mugato said...

I second that. I was wondering why Richard Dawson was trending on Yahoo. I though he died 10 years ago.

Justin Garrett Blum said...

So Richard Dawson's first wife was a woman named Diana Dors, who apparently was like the Marilyn Monroe of England. Am I the only one who thinks she was ugly as hell?

Donald said...

Just googled. I'd tap that.

Mugato said...

No way is she ugly as hell ... although I have low standards.

Justin Garrett Blum said...

I guess I have high standards!