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In a career with few parallels in show business, Mr.He held several jobs in television early in his career.Subscriptions are available for home delivery of the print edition and for a digital replica viewable on your mobile device or computer. Chuck Barris, the creator of television's long-running The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game who later hosted the offbeat cult classic The Gong Show — and who claimed in a memoir to have been a CIA assassin — died March 21 at his home in Palisades, New York. A spokesman, Paul Shefrin, announced the death, but the cause was not disclosed. Barris also wrote a Top 5 pop song, a bestselling novel and was credited — or blamed — for launching a spate of raunchy reality shows that grew out of his creations in the 1960s and 1970s. Barris’ publicist told the Associated Press that the former host died of natural causes. But still, I’ll never say one way or the other.”Asked why people are fascinated with his claims, Barris added, “It’s an interesting question. has denied Barris had any involvement with the agency.Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Barris scored his first cultural success by writing Freddy Cannon’s hit 1962 song “Palisades Park.” Three years later, however, Barris would become a fixture of 1960s television, creating in quick succession. Being an assassin for the United States is not near the general public.” As the notes, the C. But despite his potential government-sponsored wetwork, Barris will be remembered most for his contributions to the television landscape.But perhaps the thing that he is most famous for is his claim that he once worked as a hitman for the Central Intelligence Agency.In his now infamous unauthorized autobiography 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind', he wrote that he had been enlisted by a CIA agent to work as an assassin during his time hosting 'The Dating Game' and 'The Gong Show'.
Still, he has always staunchly refused to confirm or deny the truth behind his memoirs. And when you put that next to the publication's claim that he faked his NBC resume, it seems he had a history of making stuff up.
One involved monitoring American Bandstand host Dick Clark to make sure he was not taking payola from record companies.
He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s to be in charge of daytime programming for ABC-TV. 3 on the Billboard pop charts in 1962 for singer Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon. Barris was out of work and had run through his record royalties.
Continuing to dominate the TV game show landscape, Barris next introduced “The Newlywed Game,” “The Game Game” and a Mama Cass special, among others.
It's a sad week for Chuck fans all round because it has just been announced that the legendary daytime TV star Chuck Barris - the man who once claimed to be a CIA assassin and inspired the movie 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' - is dead at the age of 87.