Chuck Barris, creator of ‘The Gong Show’ and ‘The Dating Game,’ dies at 87

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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.Y. He was 87.

The popular game show creator, producer and host died Monday of natural causes, a representative for his wife said.

The “Gong Show” was among a handful of Barris’ creations that dominated the TV game show landscape in the 1960s. He launched “The Dating Game” in 1965, which was an instant hit with numerous imitations. Barris followed with “The Newlywed Game,” “The Game Game,” “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. “It was Camelot.”


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