Chuck Barris, the daytime television mastermind of popular programs featuring newlyweds and singles, died Tuesday afternoon. Barris' TV success inspired similar shows, such as “The Parent Game” and “The Newlywed Game,” where spouses quizzed each other.
Actors Steve Martin, Phil Hartman and Arnold Schwarzenegger were contestants before they were famous.
The game show often featured aspiring stars as bachelors and bachelorettes. Paul, Minn., and discovered radio while still a teen after winning an audition at a local station.
He hosted a show for a few years before attending school at the University of Minnesota and then spent a few years as a Marine, the Bay Area Radio Museum noted in a 1992 interview with him.
Barris recovered from his first cinema failure — starring and directing “The Gong Show Movie” — by dabbling in the written word.
The lackluster 1980 film tanked at the box office, prompting Barris to hermit himself in a New York hotel and pen the comedic spy novel “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” — which he heralded as an autobiography.
TV may have made him nationally famous, but Lange's heart truly was in radio. Plus, you don't have to wear makeup and you don't have to shave." He is survived by his sister, five children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren. The Philly native found producing fame in the 1960s with "The Dating Game," the hit show that paired eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.Kooky 'Gong Show' host Chuck Barris had mysterious CIA connection Viewers got to know Barris’ face, and his curly hair, as the emcee in the goofy “The Gong Show.” Barris would reward talentless contestants by banging his infamous gong during the bizarre amateur hour, which he hosted for four years until 1980.As the dates progress, the teams will participate in gameplay with questions such as “How long has this couple been dating? ” Each correct answer earns the teams increasing amounts and the team with the most money at the end of the episode wins a ,000 grand prize. Fox has greenlit a revival of “Love Connection,” which will be hosted by Andy Cohen.