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The multi-talented game show creator was also a songwriter, writing songs such as “Palisades Park” as well as music for his game shows.
Born Charles Hirsch Barris in Philadelphia, he started out working as a page at NBC in New York, then worked backstage at “American Bandstand.” “Palisades Park” was recorded by Freddy Cannon and hit No. He formed Chuck Barris Productions in 1965 and created “The Dating Game,” hosted by Jim Lange, which introduced swinging 1960s double entendres to the formerly staid game show genre and ran for 11 out of the next 15 years.
Any of the three judges (a roster that included Jaye P.
Morgan, Rex Reed, Rip Taylor, Jamie Farr, Arte Johnson and David Letterman) could send the bad performers packing by striking a large gong.
Three years later, the company was delivering 22 half-hours of programming to networks per week. Barris finally made it in front of the camera when he began hosting “The Gong Show” in 1976.
When original host John Barbour didn't work out after about a year, NBC execs insisted that the cuddly, curly-haired Barris come on as his replacement, so he donned a tuxedo and a floppy hat and introduced the acts.He also produced the original 1966 off-Broadway staging of the musical “Dames at Sea,” which starred Bernadette Peters.Barris worked as a programming executive at ABC for about a year before launching the Chuck Barris Productions banner in 1965 with a ,000 loan from his stepfather."The end of the show came because of me," he said in the TV Archive chat."I had a small nervous breakdown out there, doing strange things.
Chuck Barris, who hosted “The Gong Show” and created “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game,” died Tuesday of natural causes in Palisades, N. In the book (subtitled “An Unauthorized Autobiography”), he claimed to have worked for the CIA as an assassin during the 1960s and ’70s, a claim which the CIA denied.