Chuck Barris, 'Gong Show' Host, Dies at 87

Chuck Barris, creator of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game (and also possibly a paid assassin for the CIA), has died at the age of 87.

The Associated Press reports Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death.

At the ABC network in the early 1960s, Barris was in charge of deciding which game shows were put on the air but quit to form his own company. And then there was the old-on-arrival "Three's a Crowd" (1979-80), in which wives and secretaries vied to see who knew their shared male better.

The game show quickly became a sensation on daytime and primetime television, leading to the creation of so many variants. And while I did enjoy my healthy share of Saturday morning cartoons, game shows and sitcoms ... The reverse talent show because a huge hit in the U.S.

ABC plans to revive "The Gong Show" with actor Will Arnett, having ordered 10 episodes. The victims would then be mercilessly berated by the often manic Barris. It's "The Gong Show" and that's a shame.

At the time, Barris was dubbed the "King of Schlock" for the bad yet impossibly good show style he created.

Barris' other credits include The New Treasure Hunt, $1.98 Beauty Show, The Chuck Barris Rah-Rah Show and The Gong Show Movie, which bombed at the box office in 1980.

In it, he claimed to be an assassin for the Central Intelligence Agency.

Barris later wrote in his book "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind", that he worked as a CIA assassin while working in TV - a claim denied by the agency. It remains unclear who will inherit Barris' fortune. Later on Chuck remarried with Robin Altman from 1980-1999. "When they saw 'The Gong Show, ' and I would come out, they all thought I was whacked out of my mind".

Charles Hirsch Barris was born on June 3, 1929, in Philadelphia.

After graduating from the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1953, he took a series of jobs, including book salesman and fight promoter.

The Newlywed Game " was the easiest show to do", he said in the TV Archive interview.

Hollywood is remembering Chuck Barris, the multi-talented game show creator who was also a songwriter, penning such songs as “Palisades Park” as well as music for his game shows. The first host was sacked because he didn't get the joke, forcing Mr. Barris to take over as the goofy master of ceremonies, wearing freaky headgear as he barely controlled a wild carnival of blue humor and sheer bad taste. His first marriage to Lynn Levy ended in divorce and their daughter, Della, died of a drug overdose in 1998.

  • Salvatore Jensen