Richard Dawson

Birth Name:
Colin Lionel Emm
Birth Date:
November 20, 1932
Birth Place:
Gosport, Hampshire, England
Death Date:
June 2, 2012
Place of Death:
UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death:
Esophageal cancer
Cemetery Name:
Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park
Claim to Fame:
Show Business
Richard Dawson, the original and longtime host of “Family Feud” known for planting kisses on female contestants was also a regular on television appearing in Hogan's Heroes (a hilarious sit-com about prisoners in a Nazi Germany concentration camp), The Jack Benny Show, The Outer Limits, and The Love Boat (to name a few). His final performance in films was that of a sadistic game show host in The Running Man starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Fun Fact

Richard Dawson met his second wife, Gretchen Johnson when she was a contestant on Family Feud in May 1981; they married in 1991. The lived together at 1117 Angelo Drive, Beverly Hills, California until his passing.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park

1218 Glendon Avenue

Los Angeles, California, 90024


North America


Map of Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park (copyright 2012 Jeannette M. Hartman)
Map of Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park (copyright 2012 Jeannette M. Hartman)

Grave Location:

Section D

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery drive straight and park near the office or chapel. From the space between the office and the chapel, walk into the center lawn section of this small cemetery and you will find Richard Dawson roughly in the middle.

Grave Location GPS

34.058326, -118.441349



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