Four years later, Dawson landed a role as a paratrooper in the World War II drama King Rat -- a part that soon led to a six-year stint as quick-witted Cpl. Peter Newkirk on the hit sitcom "Hogan's Heroes." But Dawson became best-known to audiences for his hosting duties on the long-running game show "Family Feud," which earned him a Daytime Emmy Award in 1978 -- along with the moniker "The Kissing Bandit."
Dawson's other notable credits include The Devil's Brigade (1968) and The Running Man (1987), a futuristic thriller in which he spoofed his TV persona by playing a slimy quiz-show host. He died June 2, 2012, at the age of 79.
This Oscar-winning war epic chronicles World War II's harrowing D-Day invasion. Shot on the beaches of Normandy, France, the ambitious film attempts to cover the historic day from all perspectives, focussing on both sides of the conflict.