3/21/2017 11:11 PM PDT
Game show legend Chuck Barris — creator and host of “The Gong Show” — died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Palisades, NY … according to his publicist.
In addition to starting ‘Gong Show’ in 1976 … Barris had also created “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game” in the ’60s. He claimed to have been a CIA assassin on the side, as chronicled in his autobiography, ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.’
The book became a movie in 2002, starring Sam Rockwell as Chuck, and was George Clooney‘s directorial debut.
And because TV and CIA work wasn’t enough, Barris was also a songwriter! His biggest hit was 1962’s “Palisades Park” … sung by Freddy Cannon.
Chuck was 87.
He and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine (who died 2 years ago) are somewhere doing their thing again … we hope.