"I really like people, so it's very easy for me to have fun," Dawson told ET in 1984.
His fun paid off in 1978 when he took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host. It paid off again in 1991 when he married Gretchen Johnson, a contestant he met on the show in 1981. The marriage lasted until Dawson's death in 2012 at age 79.
"I was in college when Richard Dawson started the show," Richard Karn told ET in 2003. "I remember myself being much younger."
The Home Improvement star took over hosting duties in 2002, but prior to that, Ray Combs stood at the podium from 1988 to1993. In 1994, Dawson returned to the show for one season before it was canceled.
Tragedy struck the Feud family while the show was off the air when Combs committed suicide in 1996. Plagued by marital and financial struggles, the former host hanged himself inside a psychiatric ward.
When Feud returned in 1999, it was hosted by comedian Louie Anderson until Karn stepped in.