Chuck Barris is best known to most Americans as the guy who used to host The Gong Show.
He was also the creator and producer of The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and a handful of other successful game shows in the 1960s and 1970s.
Says his pal, veteran TV producer Dick Clark: “A lot of the stuff on the air these days has its roots in Chuck’s shows.” Like a plotting Survivor player, Barris says he used his game shows as a cover for his CIA work.
Although the agency has never commented on Barris’s claims—he told Connie Chung in the ’80s that he made it all up, then later said that was a lie—the movie shows him chaperoning Dating Game winners in Eastern Europe while offing bad guys.
Soon, Barris finds that his life has been all but taken over by Byrd and another CIA agent, the mysterious and sexy Patricia (Julia Roberts).
As he hops the globe, killing people in the name of American security (using his status as a Dating Game chaperone as a cover), Barris learns that the KGB has discovered his not-so-little secret and that his own life is in great danger.
The 1960s proves more fortunate for Barris; he meets the love of his life, Penny (Drew Barrymore), and sells ABC on the idea of The Dating Game.Sam Rockwell starred as Barris, who claimed in the book that he worked as a CIA assassin in the 1960s and 70s. The Tomatometer score — based on the opinions of hundreds of film and television critics — is a trusted measurement of critical recommendation for millions of fans.He was well known as a game show creator, producer and host.His credits included .” “Barris was also a best-selling author and had success in the music world having written the 1962 hit record, ‘Palisades Park,’ as recorded by Freddy Cannon,” the statement added.Barris’ notes were ultimately presented to a House subcommittee, while Clark was absolved of any accusations against him.Legendary game show host Chuck Barris passed away on Tuesday. According to a statement from his family obtained by PEOPLE, Barris died of natural causes in Palisades, N. The statement began: “Charles Hirsch ‘Chuck’ Barris passed away at his home in Palisades, New York this afternoon (Tuesday) from natural causes at the age of 87.Confessions of a Dangerous Mind marked the directorial debut of actor George Clooney, working from a screenplay adapted by Charlie Kaufman from Barris' book.Dick Clark, Dating Game host Jim Lange, frequent Gong Show panelist Jaye P. However, after the show has made him wealthy and successful, Barris is approached by the mysterious Jim Byrd (George Clooney), a CIA agent who wants to recruit Barris as a covert operative.Barris finds the notion of playing spy games intriguing and agrees, but soon discovers what Byrd and his partners really want is for Barris to assassinate uncooperative figures around the world.