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Chuck Barris, producer of some of television's most notable game shows, died Tuesday at the age of 87, according to The Hollywood Reporter, citing his publicist.Barris created "The Gong Show" and also produced "The Newlywed Game" and "The Dating Game." In his autobiography, , Barris claimed to have been a CIA assassin during the 1960s and '70s, a claim the CIA has denied.Barris hosted the show on NBC and from 1977 to 1980 in syndication.It was known for its free-wheeling style, absurdist humor, and the titular gong used by the judges to cut short bad auditions.The book was made into a film in 2002, directed by George Clooney and starring Sam Rockwell as Barris.Born Charles Hirsch Barris in Philadelphia in 1929, he worked backstage at "American Bandstand" and wrote the Freddy Cannon hit "Palisades Park" before forming Chuck Barris Productions in 1965."I think anything would have been possible without my shows," Mr. I had no idea it was Wheel of Fortune that was on the rise.
Barris said his shows were a forerunner to today's popular reality TV series. , in which celebrities had to guess the jobs of guests on the show, was, in Mr.Barris’ words, a “failure.” He later left the network to become an independent producer, launching Chuck Barris Productions in 1965. Barris released hits including , which hit the airwaves in 1966."The Dating Game" first aired that year, hosted by Jim Lange.Bob Eubanks hosted "The Newlywed Game," which launched the following year.