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 game show creator, producer and host died Monday of natural causes, a representative for his wife said.
Barris’ creations dominated the TV game show landscape in the 1960s and ’70s. 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.
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