Contact Us

Chuck Barris, ‘Gong Show’ Host and Game Show Creator, Dies at 87

RIP Chuck Barris The Gong Show
Amanda Edwards, Getty Images

Chances are, any modern game show of the dating or talent variety owes some debt to The Gong Show and Dating Game creator Chuck Barris. Regardless of what you remember him by, the prolific TV host and producer has now sadly passed away at age 87.

Per The New York Times, Barris died Tuesday of natural causes in Palisades, NY. The famed producer-turned-host of the then-revolutionary The Gong Show was also known as creator of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, and later claimed through novel Confessions of a Dangerous Mind to have been a C.I.A assassin during his producing time in the 1980s.

The Confessions novel also received a 2003 film rendition written by Charlie Kaufman, and starring George Clooney and Sam Rockwell. Barris would continue writing through his later years, including novels The Big Question, Who Killed Art Deco? and the subject of his only daughter’s 1998 overdose, Della: A Memoir of My Daughter.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kane, while the NYT piece notes an apt 2007 question-and-answer response that summed up Barris’ view on mortality:

When you go to that great game show in the sky, would you rather be known as an author or as a TV game show producer … That’s the easiest question of all. I would love to be known as an author, but I don’t think it’s written that that’s the way it’s going to be. I think on my tombstone it’s just going to say, ‘Gonged at last,’ and I’m stuck with that.

Best wishes to all those mourning Barris’ loss.

Robert Osborne, Historian and Turner Classic Movies Host, Dies at 84

Best of KLYQ

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KLYQ Club VIP quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KLYQ Club VIP contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.