Gong Show's Chuck Barris Dead at 87

Chuck Barris, who took game shows to riotous new levels with a trio of hits in the 1960s and 1970s and whose life - more or less - was the subject of a 2002 motion picture, has died.

"He had come up with that idea way earlier and it took a while for the rest of these other people to realize what he had". The latter show, which was seen as deeply problematic, was denounced by major groups including United Auto Workers and the National Organization for Women. "Let's go make them stars, '" Bob Eubanks, a host of "The Newlywed Game", said in the 2006 documentary "The Chuck Barris Story". So did Rodney Alcala, who, it was learned years later, was a serial killer who had already murdered victims by the time of his 1978 appearance on the show.

Thompson thinks the show was Barris's "most enduring legacy". It got her banned from the show.

Barris was married thrice.

After The Gong Show, Barris revived some of his other game shows: The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game (renamed The New Newlywed Game) both returned to TV in the 1980s, then again in the 1990s, though by then Barris had sold his shares in his production company and moved on.

Barris wrote the semi-autobiographical novel You and Me, Babe in 1974.

"He turned the cameras back on real people".

Chuck Barris, the mastermind behind The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game who became a household name for emceeing The Gong Show, died Tuesday at the age of 87.

The show collected odd balls much like Howard Stern's Wack Pack would years later. Even in similar reality competitions of today such as American Idol, the judges stop a performer by hitting a buzzer.

He wrote several other books, including a memoir in which he said nothing about the Central Intelligence Agency and a follow-up to "Dangerous Mind", in which he claimed further clandestine exploits. "It was found comedy".

Tila Tequila parties with the cast of her series A Shot at Love on New Year's Eve 2007.

Trivia: The Gong Show featured the first TV appearance of Oingo Boingo, then known as the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. But he had already cemented his influence. "I mean, we had Johnny Depp in it, Ben Stiller was going to do it, Mark [read: Mike] Myers said he was going to do it, [Russell] Crowe was going to do it, Kevin Spacey was going to do it, Ed Norton was definitely going to do it".

"Those were the happiest days of my life", Barris said in a 2002 interview with The Times.

  • Leroy Wright