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I've penned a bestselling book, but I'm not Hemingway or Fitzgerald. It's just middle-of-the-road greatness.“So I know what my legacy will be. None of that's true."Barris is survived by his wife, Mary.
Chuck Barris, the daytime television mastermind of popular programs featuring newlyweds and singles, died Tuesday afternoon. Barris' TV success inspired similar shows, such as “The Parent Game” and “The Newlywed Game,” where spouses quizzed each other.
Chuck Barris, “The Gong Show” creator and host who claimed — though never too seriously — that he doubled as a CIA assassin during the height of his game show popularity, has died at his home in Palisades, N. Barris’ creations dominated the TV game show landscape in the 1960s and ’70s.
Years later, she was found dead in a Hollywood apartment.
Kooky 'Gong Show' host Chuck Barris had mysterious CIA connection Viewers got to know Barris’ face, and his curly hair, as the emcee in the goofy “The Gong Show.” Barris would reward talentless contestants by banging his infamous gong during the bizarre amateur hour, which he hosted for four years until 1980.
Barris recovered from his first cinema failure — starring and directing “The Gong Show Movie” — by dabbling in the written word.
The walls were decorated in a “freaky collage of pop-hippie art” and the staff seemed to consist of “super-cool chicks in miniskirts clacking away on typewriters.”But his golden touch deserted him when he produced “The Gong Show Movie,” which had the sizable misfortune of being released the same weekend in 1980 as “The Empire Strikes Back” and “The Shining.” The film tanked.
So he walked away, selling off his holdings and moving to the south of France with his future second wife, Robin Altman.“I figured I didn’t have my finger on the pulse of what’s going on anymore, so I took off,” he told The Times in 2002.