The best TV game show hosts are the ones able to connect with the studio audience, viewers at home and, of course, contestants. He would especially do that on Family Feud. At least not back then. There might be some now that are more like Dawson, but he definitely stood out at the time. Everybody who worked for him said he was very different. That, unfortunately, would become a problem with his ego growing right along with his success and him treating many others as being beneath him.
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Dawson began his career as comedian and actor in England, appearing on a variety of programs, including the Benny Hill Showcase. Dawson was one of the show regulars, appearing on more than 1, episodes. His outgoing personality and broad appeal led to a surprising agreement. Dawson immediately scheduled a meeting with Goodson and demanded an explanation. The host wowed in his audition, eventually beating Shatner out for the gig.
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When he was 14, he joined the Merchant Marines and served for three years. During that time, he made money boxing. He had to lie about his age and remain tough so the older guys would not hassle him.
Dawson was well known for playing Corporal Peter Newkirk in Hogan's Heroes , as a regular panelist on Match Game — and as the original host of Family Feud — and — In a radio interview with Hogan's Heroes co-star Bob Crane , Dawson recounted how this experience severely limited his school attendance, stating that he attended school regularly for only two years. Dawson began his career in England as a comedian known as Dickie Dawson.