Richard Dawson remembered with game show TV marathon

FILE - This June 1978 file photo shows Richard Dawson, host of "Family Feud" in character. Dawson, the wisecracking British entertainer who was among the schemers in the 1960s sitcom "Hogan's Heroes" and a decade later began kissing thousands of female contestants as host of the game show "Family Feud" died Saturday, June 2, 2012. He was 79. (AP Photo, File)
This June 1978 photo shows Richard Dawson, host of "Family Feud."

(CBS News) The Game Show Network paid tribute to late British TV host and actor Richard Dawson on Thursday night with a series of "Family Feud" and "Match Game" episodes.

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The marathon featured some of Dawson's most memorable moments, including the time he met future wife Gretchen when she was a contestant on "Family Feud" in 1981.

Before taking on the game show world, Dawson portrayed Cpl. Peter Newkirk on CBS' late 1960s-early 1970s sitcom "Hogan's Heroes." He hosted "Match Game" and "Family Feud" in the 1970s and 1980s, going on to win a daytime Emmy in 1978 for his work on "Feud."

Dawson died in Los Angeles on June 2 from complications from esophageal cancer. He was 79.

His son Gary recently told Access Hollywood, "He was diagnosed with cancer just like three weeks ago, so it all just kind of happened really quickly. He was actually going in for his first radiation treatment when he had a heart attack."