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|Also Known As:||Died:||June 2, 2012|
|Born:||November 20, 1932||Cause of Death:||Complications from Esophageal Cancer|
|Birth Place:||Gosport, Hampshire, GB||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Ran away from home at age 14 and joined the Merchant Marines
Began his career as a standup comic in London clubs
Moved to the U.S.
Made U.S. television debut playing a British entertainer on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS); credited as Dick Dawson
Cast in the comedy-drama "Promises! Promises!"
Landed breakthrough role of Cpl. Peter Newkirk on WWII-set sitcom "Hogan's Heroes" (CBS)
Joined the cast of sketch comedy series "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (NBC)
Regularly appeared as a panelist on "Match Game 73" (CBS)
Hosted long-running game show "Family Feud" (ABC, syndicated); won Daytime Emmy Award in 1978 for Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Game or Audience Participation Show
Became a naturalized U.S. citizen
Parodied his game show image in "The Running Man," loosely based on a Stephen King novel and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Replaced Ray Combs and returned as host of "Family Feud"
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