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, claimed to have been an assassin for the CIA — his implausible story became a fantastical 2002 movie directed by first-timer George Clooney and written by Charlie Kaufman — died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Palisades, N.Y., his family announced through publicist Paul Shefrin.
Publicist Paul Shefrin, speaking on behalf of Barris' family, confirmed to the Associated Press that the self-proclaimed "King of Daytime Television" died at his home in Palisades Park, N. Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Charles Barris had a hardscrabble youth after his dentist father died of a stroke, leaving his family destitute.He graduated from what is now Drexel University in 1953 and worked odd jobs until he found his way into television through a short-lived entry level position at NBC, which he followed with a gig at ABC.It was there that he began building his game-show empire."Everybody could relate to somebody wearing a lampshade and dancing around," Barris said."Bad acts are inherent in everyone." Acts who appeared included The Unknown Comic (Murray Langston), Danny Elfman, Paul Reubens and Barris' own mother, and at random moments, the host would call out Gene Gene the Dancing Machine (stagehand Gene Patton) to boogie for the audience to the tune of "Jumpin' at the Woodside." On one particularly crazy show, Morgan unbuttoned her blouse to reveal her breasts to the cameras, and Barris said she never worked on again.Patterned after the Major Bowes Amateur Hour show that was a radio hit in the 1930s, the program featured performers who had peculiar talents and, often, no talent at all.
Barris died of natural causes at his home in Palisades, New York, his longtime publicist told The Associated Press.
“Chuck Barris has never been employed by the CIA and the allegation that he was a hired assassin is absurd."Barris took the CIA's response as tacit confirmation, noting, “Have you ever heard the CIA acknowledge someone was an assassin?
Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," has died. Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris' family.
He launched “The Dating Game” in 1965, an instant hit that inspired numerous imitations.
Barris followed with “The Newlywed Game,” “The Game Game,” “The Gong Show,” “The $1.98 Beauty Show” and a Mama Cass special, among others."Those were the happiest days of my life," Barris said in a 2002 interview with the Los Angeles Times.
Instead of receiving three strikes and being torn to shreds by Simon Cowell, Barris would beat a gong and the condemned performer would be mocked by B-list celebs.