Chuck Barris, ‘Gong Show’ Host Dead At 87


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Chuck Barris, best known for hosting “The Gong Show,” has died at age 87.

His autobiography, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” was made into a film directed by George Clooney and starred Sam Rockwell.  The game show host and creator was also a songwriter, writing songs such as “Palisades Park” and music for game shows.

Barris was born in Philadelphia and got his start in TV working for Dick Clark‘s American Bandstand.  He created The Dating Game in 1965, The Newlywed Game in 1966 and hosted The Gong Show from 1976 to 1980.

The Gong Show is best remembered for its humor and style, often awarding participants ridiculous or worthless prizes.

Rest in peace, Chuck!  We will miss you.

Take a listen to “Palisades Park” made famous by Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon and watch a clip from The Gong Show below.

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