Richard Dawson, best known as the Cockney prisoner of war Corporal Peter Newkirk in Hogan’s Heroes, has died, aged 79.
His son Gary wrote on Facebook: “It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away this evening from complications due to esophageal cancer.
“He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad, and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered.”
The English-born actor found fame in two US shows, first in the sitcom Hogan’s Heroes from 1965 to 1971 and later as a host on Family Feud.
After starting his career as a stand-up comedian, Dawson married the English pin-up Diana Dors in 1959 but they divorced in 1967.
He became Family Feud‘s host in 1976 and won a daytime Emmy Award in 1978 for best game show host. The game show brought him even wider popularity in the US than his former sitcom.
He also appeared as a cast member on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, The Match Game and as the ruthless game show host alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1987 film The Running Man.