The British actor and gameshow host passed away from complications due to esophageal cancer yesterday (June 2), his son confirmed.
Gary Dawson wrote on Facebook: "It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away this evening from complications due to esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered..."
Dawson was perhaps most famous for hosting ABC's Family Feud from 1976 to 1985, and again for a year in 1994.
The presenter was born in Gosport, Hampshire in 1932, eventually moving to the US where he made his name.
He married British actress Diana Dors in 1959 before they divorced in 1966. He first gained national fame appearing in Hogan's Heroes as Cpl. Peter Newkirk.
After appearing in many episodes of Match Game, he was appointed the original host of Family Feud, the US version of what would become Family Fortunes in the UK.
Dawson became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1984.
He famously played a parody of himself in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie The Running Man, as evil gameshow host Damon Killian.
Dawson married Gretchen Johnson in 1991. The couple met when she was a contestant on Family Feud in 1981.
He is survived by three children and five grandchildren.
Watch a classic Family Feud moment below: