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Chuck Barris

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Chuck Barris, born on June 3, 1929, was a successful American game show producer during the 1960s and 1970s.

Born Charles Hirsch Barris in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania he had a younger sister and a mother and father who passed away by the time he was a teenager. He attended Drexel University where he graduated in 1953, and was a columnist at the student newspaper The Triangle. Barris got his start in the television business working backstage at the American Bandstand. Barris created the hit game show The Dating Game and also produced The Newlywed Game (the latter created by Nick Nicholson and Roger Muir), and later produced and served as the host of The Gong Show. In addition, Chuck Barris wrote a top-ten hit song called Palisades Park in 1962, which was performed by Freddy Cannon.

In his "unauthorized autobiography" Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, he claimed to have also worked as a CIA assassin. The book was made into the 2002 film, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, turned into script by Charlie Kaufman and directed by George Clooney.

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