"It's very important to me that on "Family Feud" I could kiss all people... I kissed black women daily and nightly on "Family Feud" for 11 years and the world didn't come to an end, did it?"
About This Interview
In his three-and-a-half hour interview for the Archive of American Television, Richard Dawson (1932-2012) describes his path from comedy stages in the West End to game show sets in Hollywood. He discusses how he loves to make people laugh and shares how he made the jump from comedian to actor. He recalls his memorable roles on both The Dick Van Dyke Show and The New Dick Van Dyke Show, and speaks of his work as "Corporal Peter Newkirk" on Hogan's Heroes. Dawson also talks about his experiences as guest host for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and details how he got the gig for which he's most famous: hosting Family Feud. He recounts favorite moments from his years with Family Feud, and offers advice on how to be a considerate host and still get to kiss all the ladies. Paul Brownstein conducted the interview in Beverly Hills, CA on December 1, 2010.