However, Dawson will be remembered by us for one reason above all the others: He was, quite simply, the biggest Bro in game show history (yes, even better than David Lee Roth at the end of Van Halen's Hot for Teacher video). Dawson was suave, cool, and, most importantly, kissed thousands of women, on-air, for “luck.” Watch the above video. He got away with doing this every single episode for almost a decade.
In doing so, he even showed that kissing women can bring positive change to the world. By kissing every woman on the show, regardless of race, Dawson showed a still racially divided United States that he didn't see color. He only saw women to kiss. From the New York Times obit:
“It’s very important to me that on ‘Family Feud’ I could kiss all people,” he said in a 2010 interview for the Archive of American Television. “It sounds crazy, but when I first came here Petula Clark was on a show with Nat King Cole, and he kissed her on the cheek, and 81 stations in the South canceled him. I kissed black women daily and nightly on “Family Feud” for 11 years, and the world didn’t come to an end, did it?”
Dawson didn't just host “Family Feud.” He also co-starred in the Arnold Schwarzenegger flick “The Running Man,” as an evil game show host, and was name-dropped by the RZA in “Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nothin' ta F*ck Wit”:
I be tossing and flossing my style is awesome
I'm causing more Family Feuds than Richard Dawson
And the survey said, you're dead
Fatal Flying Guillotine chops off your f*cking head
Kissing thousands of girls. Working with The Arnold. Being name-dropped by the Wu-Tang Clan.
Raise a glass to Richard Dawson, boys.