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Match Game Richard Dawson Wont Smile A lot of the fun and frivolity on Match Game vanished in 1978 when Richard Dawson began to act surly. He had been hosting the wildly successful Family Feud since 1976 and had grown tired of his panelist role on Match Game. By 1978 Dawson's cold demeanor was adversely affecting Match Game. Watch what happens when some audience members ask him to smile.
Tags: Match  Game  Richard  Dawson 
Added: 15th September 2008
Views: 2097
Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-09-15 
Kind of disconcerting to see this, isn't it?

Richard was certainly the best player of the Match Game regulars. The show just wasn't the same after he left.

Gene Rayburn never again spoke to Richard after Dawson left the show.
Posted by: Wikiriwhi on 2008-09-15 
They don't call them 'whinging poms' for nothing.

he was acting up on the set of HH as well.
Posted by: Cathy on 2008-09-15 
I'm surprised he actually stayed on after getting his own show. That's what I like about this site you learn so much from it!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-09-15 
Apparently Richard Dawson generally kept to himself for the five years he was on Match Game. He didn't mingle with the other panelists between tapings and he was known to have a short temper with the behind-the-scenes crew if things weren't to his liking.

Nevertheless, Dawson was instrumental in Match Game's popularity. He was also unsurpassed in hosting Family Feud.
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