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Post by carolhathaway on Wed 22 Mar 2017, 06:48





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Gong Show host Chuck Barris who created TV hits The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game dies at 87

By Dailymail.com Reporter06:26 22 Mar 2017, updated 06:26 22 Mar 2017
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Chuck Barris, the wacky host of The Gong Show, died Tuesday.
His publicist confirmed he passed away from natural causes at his home in Palisades, New York, at the age of 87.
Barris was the creator of The Gong Show and two other popular TV game shows, The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]R.I.P.: Chuck Barris, the creator and host of The Gong Show, died Tuesday from natural causes at his home in Palisades, New York. He was 87
Barris claimed in his autobiography that his game show antics had been a cover for his work as a CIA operative, working as an assassin during the 1960s and '70s.
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The CIA denied his story.

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However, the book Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind was turned into a movie starring Sam Rockwell and directed by George Clooney, released in 2002.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Confessions: Barris, pictured in LA in 2007, claimed in his autobiography he had been employed as an assassin by the CIA during the 1960s and '70s. The CIA denied the claim[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]His Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind was turned into a Hollywood movie directed by George Clooney and starring Sam Rockwell. Barris and Rockwell are pictured at the  2002 premiere
In addition to creating game shows, Barris also wrote songs, his most famous being Palisades Park in 1962.
Born in Philadelphia in 1929, he joined NBC in New York as a page and then moved to ABC to become a backstage staffer at American Bandstand.
He moved with the media company to Los Angeles where he was tasked with overseeing daytime game shows.
He created The Dating Game that debuted in the 1965-66 season followed by The Newlywed Game in the summer of 1966.
He formed the public company Chuck Barris Productions in 1968 and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, sold his shares in the firm to producer Burt Sugarman in a 1986 deal that valued the company at the time at about $86 million.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Reinvented television: He was famous for his goofy antics on the talent competition that liked to feature awful but entertaining amateur performs
His Gong Show aired on NBC and in syndication from 1976 and 1980 and offered amateurs the opportunity to show off their talents to a three-judge panel.
He orchestrated laughs by mixing good performers in with terrible ones.
He explained: 'I came back (from scouting contestants) and said, 'Let's change the show, have all bad acts and one or two good ones, and people can make a judgment,'' he said in a 2010 interview with The Archive of American Television. 
After the first season, he was asked to front the show himself and became famous for his attire of tuxedo and floppy hat and his goofy antics.
Barris' life was touched by personal tragedy when his daughter died in 1998 at age 36 from a drugs and alcohol overdose.
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He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Mary Clagett. 
Barris started out as a page at NBC and then a staffer at American Bandstand before moving to Los Angeles where he created shows The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game for ABC




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Post by carolhathaway on Wed 22 Mar 2017, 06:50

Sorry, I finally managed to copy the whole article but have no idea why this first picture comes out so strange.
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Post by Donnamarie on Wed 22 Mar 2017, 12:44

lol! Yea that picture is a bit disturbing in a funny kind of way Carol. Hey at least you were able to copy the article.

Barris led a pretty colorful life. I never watched his game show and would have never paid much attention to him had I not seen 'Confessions ...'.
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Post by PigPen on Wed 22 Mar 2017, 12:57

Was a great fan of his.  Totally heartbroken

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