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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Remembering Chuck Barris 1929 - 2017

Game show creator and producer Chuck Barris, who died Tuesday at age 87, was best known for hosting The Gong Show, which aired on NBC (1976-78) and in syndication (1976-80) and received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 1977 for Outstanding Talk, Service or Variety Series. He also wrote, directed and starred in the 1980 film, The Gong Show Movie.

Barris created such game shows as The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The $1.98 Beauty Show, and he hosted The Chuck Barris Rah-Rah Show, a short-lived 1978 primetime variety hour on NBC. He was also a songwriter (Freddy Cannon's 1962 hit, "Palisades Park") and an author (his 1984 autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, was made into a 2002 film directed by George Clooney). And he played Cathy Moriarty's bookie in the 1997 romantic comedy, Hugo Pool.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Chuck Barris' life and career.

Here is a 1977 episode of The Gong Show featuring judges Arte Johnson, Jaye P. Morgan and David Letterman.

In 1978, the infamous Popsicle Twins (aka "Have You Got A Nickle") appeared on The Gong Show, but after they upset many viewers in the Eastern time zone, NBC cut their act from the Central, Mountain and Pacific airings of the episode.

Here is a 1978 promo for The Chuck Barris Rah-Rah Show and a clip from The Gong Show, in which Barris reads a Rah-Rah review.

Here is a TV trailer for The Gong Show Movie (1980).

Barris is interviewed on The Morning Show by co-hosts Regis Philbin and Cyndy Garvey on May 4, 1984.

Barris is interviewed on Live! with Regis and Kelly in 2002.

Here is an Archive of American Television interview with Barris from June 10, 2010.

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