‘Gong Show’ Host Chuck Barris death is being condoled by his fans across the world. Born in the year 1929, Chuck Barris was 87 at the time of his death. Chuck Barris cause of death is said to be natural.
Chuck Barris’ impact on television cannot be undermined by even his most ardent detractors. Some fifteen years ago, a film was made on the life and the work of the legend. In the year 2002, a movie came out based on his well-received autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
He was a multi-talented person and had a sharp mind with a nose for avenues to take his plans forward. He was American game show creator, producer, and host. The most popular show that made him a household game across the nation was The Gong Show. Besides, also hosted and created The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game.
The publicist of the game show host, Paul Shefrin, said that he passed away on Tuesday at his home in Palisades, N.Y.
A report on NPR says, “He formed Chuck Barris Productions in 1965 and created The Dating Game, hosted by Jim Lange, which introduced swinging 1960s double entendres to the formerly staid game show genre and ran for 11 out of the next 15 years. In 1966 he launched The Newlywed Game, hosted by Bob Eubanks, which ran for 19 years; Game Show Network still airs a version of the show…Barris finally made it in front of the camera when he began hosting The Gong Show in 1976. Though it only ran two years on NBC and four years in syndication, the show is still remembered for its wacky spoof of the talent show format. He introduced the amateur contestants dressed in colorful clothing with odd props, with judges Jamie Farr, Jaye P. Morgan and Arte Johnson adding to the goofy atmosphere”.
A New York Times report, while talking about his The Gong Show says, “The performers, who were often terrible, would be allowed to go on until one of the judges couldn’t stand it anymore and sounded a gong, putting an end to the spectacle. Those who weren’t gonged were rated by the judges on a 1-to-10 scale. In keeping with the ridiculousness of the proceedings, the prize amount they vied for was ridiculous: $516.32 on the daytime version of the show, $712.05 on the prime-time edition”
Barris started his TV career from NBC where he got a break as a page and later staffer. Later, he worked backstage at the television music show American Bandstand. It was not very long when he became a music industry figure and pop music on records and television, but his most successful venture was writing “Palisades Park”.