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But his shows became must-watch programming in America.
Syndicated revivals were moderated by Elaine Joyce, Jeff Mac Gregor, Brad Sherwood, and Chuck Woolery.He told friends he planned to write the great American novel while in France.Instead he started work on what would be “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” a purported autobiography in which he claimed to have been an undercover CIA agent, one minute an exuberant game show host, the next a shadowy hit man. The CIA said no, but Barris was coy.“Have you ever heard the CIA acknowledge someone was an assassin? “Believe what you want.”Far more real was his book “Della: A Memoir of My Daughter,” a sorrowful look inward after the overdose death of his only child.He grew up with show business aspirations and climbed upward — one menial job after another. He was also a songwriter, penning “Palisades Park,” which was turned into an uptempo hit in 1962 by Freddie Cannon.His game shows were often derided by critics as trashy and sexist, and Barris himself — with ultra-wide lapels on jackets unbuttoned to roughly his navel — was loud and veered wildly between funny and obnoxious.
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Chuck Barris, creator of shows like “The Newlywed Game” and popular host of “The Gong Show,” has died. As the 2002 biographical film “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” was set to debut, The Times’ Roy Rivenburg sat down with Barris to talk.