Magazine article Variety

Barris Was Goofy, Not 'Dangerous'

Magazine article Variety

Barris Was Goofy, Not 'Dangerous'

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Chuck Barris, the prolific producer who died March 21 at age 87, was a natural-born showman and entrepreneur. He had an irrepressibly raunchy and goofy sense of humor that was on display in his many successful TV series, from "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" to "The Gong Show" and "The $1.98 Beauty Show."

Who else but Barris would take out an ad in Variety highlighting the fact that he'd had three shows canceled in six months? Who else would brag about his success with an ad headlined "We're No. 1 Because We Work Harder" with a photo of the boss and his top execs at the beach?

Barris started Chuck Barris Prods. in 1965 with a $20,000 loan from his stepfather. By the end of the year, he'd launched "The Dating Game" as a daytime series on ABC.

He drew a fair amount of ridicule from industry colleagues later in life when he asserted in his 1984 memoir "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" that he'd moonlighted as a CIA assassin during his heyday in TV (Sam Rockwell played him in the 2002 movie adaptation directed by George Clooney.) The question of whether his claim, steadfastly denied by the CIA, was an elaborate put-on or a delusional fantasy - or, in the most bizarre scenario, true - was never answered satisfactorily by the source. …

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