There was a time when morning television programming was dominated by game shows. Show creator Chuck Barris was responsible for many of those shows. At one point he was responsible for 27 hours of programming in a single week.
Barris died of natural causes March 22 at his Palisades, New York home at the age of 87.
Baris began his game show empire in 1966 with “The Dating Game” – a show where a young female would ask questions of three males hidden from her and decide whom she would go out with based on their answers. Sometimes the roles would be reversed and the male would ask questions of the hidden females. Occasionally the show would feature celebrities including Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Sommers, Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Barris was also responsible for “The Newlywed Game” – where newly married couples would test their knowledge of each other, “Dream Girl of ’67”, “Operation: Entertainment”, “The Game Game”, “Cop Out”, “The New Treasure Hunt”, “The Gong Show” – an early competition talent show that often featured bad talent which Barris also hosted, “The $1.98 Beauty Show”, “3’s a Crowd”, “Treasure Hunt”, “The New Newlywed Game”, “Anything for Laughs”, “Bamboozle”, and “The All-New Dating Game”.
But there was much more to Chuck Barris than game shows…he was an author – he penned an autobiography title “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”, a songwriter including the 1962 hit “Palisades Park” and the theme songs to a few of his game shows,
He was born Charles Hirsch Barris on June 3, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the son of a dentist. Before making it big as an executive producer and game show creator, Barris worked a number of jobs including a page at NBC and an assistant to Dick Clark on “American Bandstand”.
Predeceased by his only child Della, Barris is survived by his third wife Mary.
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