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‘Gong Show’ host Chuck Barris dies at 87


Chuck Barris poses in the lobby of his apartment in New York in 2002. Barris died Tuesday at 87.


Chuck Barris, the “Gong Show” creator, songwriter and novelist who sought to add to his already eclectic résumé with a made-up — or was it? — story about being an assassin for the CIA, died Tuesday at his home in Palisades, N.Y. He was 87.

His death was announced by a spokesman, Paul Shefrin.

“The Gong Show” was just one of Barris’ hit game show creations. In the 1960s he came up with “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game,” making a spectacle of his contestants’ romantic yearnings in the first case and their honeymoon-period bliss, adjustments and foibles in the second.

Barris wrote the pop song “Palisades Park,” which became a hit for Freddy Cannon in 1962 and an emblem of that period of good-time rock ‘n’ roll.

He was born in Philadelphia on June 3, 1929, to Dr. Nathaniel Barris, a dentist, and the former Edith Cohen; his father died when he was young.

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