I was just thinking about him the other day when I was reading about the 1979 Family Feud episode that featured descendents of the Hatfields and McCoys competing against each other. I'll always remember him best for Hogans Heroes. I liked his Cpl. Newkirk character better than any of the others in that series.
I couldn't believe some of the news site obits didn't even mention Hogan's Heroes at all. As Wikipedia describes Newkirk:
Royal Air Force Corporal Peter Newkirk (British-American actor Richard Dawson) is the group's conman, magician, pick-pocket, card shark, forger, bookie, tailor, lock picker, safe cracker and impersonator of German officers (and on one occasion, Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister during the war); on numerous occasions Newkirk also impersonates women to fool the Germans and help the underground movement. He also is in charge of making uniforms and assisting in distracting the Germans to perform other sabotage. T
Now that's what you call a role, and he was so much fun in it.
My older brother and I had a brief Richard Dawson sighting during a stopover in Hawaii (Wakiki Beach I think) in Summer 1981. We were walking behind this guy in a flowery shirt with what seemed a couple of bodyguards. My brother kept hitting me and saying "That's RICHARD DAWSON!" We didn't have the nerve to ask for an autograph or anything. We did see him look back and it did in fact seem to be him.
He was pretty great as sort of a warped version of himself in the film adaptation of Stephen King's short story The Running Man.