Talk:Richard Dawson

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In Popular Culture[edit]

I think an "In Popular Culture" section should be added, with references to Mr Dawson. On the 7th track of Enter_the_Wu-Tang_(36_Chambers), "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F*ck Wit", they reference Mr. Dawson, in the lyric "I'm causing more family feuds than Richard Dawson" [1] Super veritas (talk) 03:47, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

"Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated "[edit]

I just searched for actual reliable news reports of his death, and found... nothing. No mention at all. Looks like a hoax at this point, but the situation is worth keeping an eye on. Beeblebrox (talk) 02:46, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

I found a couple of sources that say he's dead. [2] [3] (talk) 13:58, 3 June 2012 (UTC)
Yes, it is confirmed now, but it wasn't accurate when Beeblebrox wrote their message in 2010. Jezebel'sPonyobons mots 14:06, 3 June 2012 (UTC)

Died of esophageal cancer[edit]

Did Dawson smoke? Smoke and drink? I know smoking will do this to you big time. Just wondered. It doesn't say how he got the cancer. Thanks in advance to anybody who knows. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:44, 3 June 2012 (UTC)

I don't know if he did either of those things, but unfortunately, we might have to wait for a reliable source to publish what caused Dawson's cancer. Darth Sjones23 (talk - contributions) 14:55, 3 June 2012 (UTC)
Well, he did mention in a 1994 episode of Family Feud that he quit smoking. Plus in an episode of Match Game, he was seen smoking a cigarette.  MegastarLV  (talk)

Dates of birth and death[edit]

Can someone get the accurate dates? And edit the article accordingly? Also, the Info Box seems to have errors in the dates and the age calculation. I tried to fix things, but I was unable to. Thanks! Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 17:03, 3 June 2012 (UTC)

Discrepancy in article[edit]

"Dawson was born as Colin Lionel Emm ... on November 20, 1932[1] ... At the age of 14, at the height of the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II, ..."

1932 + 14 = 1946 : not exactly the height of WW2. Is the birthyear correct, or the anecdote?
—WWoods (talk) 00:52, 4 June 2012 (UTC)

Most sources seem to indicate a date of birth of November 20, 1932. Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 01:36, 4 June 2012 (UTC)


But I thought he already was of American descentage.-- (talk) 22:31, 5 June 2012 (UTC)

One of his parents was purportedly an American (i.e. "US") citizen but that does not automatically guarantee U.S. citizenship or nationality, based on numerous factors. Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, Cate Blanchett all had one U.S.-born parent but were not (is not in the case of Blanchett) United States citizens. (Churchill was awarded honorary US citizenship in the 1960s by President John F. Kennedy, late in both mens' lives.) Quis separabit? 14:29, 6 June 2012 (UTC)

"...remaining a British subject." No.[edit]

As of this writing, the last sentence of the second paragraph reads, "In 1984, he became an American citizen while remaining a British subject." According to Wikipedia's article British Subject, (and more importantly the British Nationality Act of 1981, available here [4]), from 1 January 1983 people who qualify as British Citizens, which Richard Dawson did, were no longer considered British Subjects, in law. I therefore am changing the last sentence of the second paragraph to read, "In 1984, he became an American citizen while retaining his British Citizenship." -- (talk) 18:04, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Trademark kissing.[edit]

It's like no one watched the interview and just quoted what NYT wrote. The complaints about his kissing weren't based on race... it was seen more as inappropriate because women were married, too young, etc... And fans really didn't complain all that much. It was executives and sponsors.

"some viewers complained when he kissed the cheeks of non-white women... " that entire passage is so misleading and does no justice/serves no purpose to this man, his legacy, or what he's most famous for. I understand it coming from the NYT but wiki is supposed to be above that nonsense. The first woman he kissed was black. The second and third (he thinks were Hispanic and Korean)

It's like the interviewer was salivating, rubbing his hands together, while trying to spin a racial component. Come on, it was the 70s, are you telling me that all those white viewers were ok with you kissing black women or were all those black women ok with being kissed by a white man?

Watch the entire interview, rewrite that section, and give him his dignity. Try telling the history of how the kissing began... not some bs that has no relevance to anything.

A few people complain about everything... More people complained because women were married - it has no relevance to Richard Dawson. (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 17:54, 11 September 2017 (UTC)