Gong Show's Chuck Barris dead at 87

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Chuck Barris, creator and host of The Gong Show, died on Tuesday. He was 87.

The TV personality, often referred to as "The King of Schlock" and "The Baron of Bad Taste," died of natural causes in his Palisades, N.Y. residence, The Associated Press reports. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 16 years.

Barris' Gong Show aired in daytime on NBC from 1976 through 1978, and in first-run syndication from 1977-'80; a short-lived revival, hosted by radio personality Don Bleu, aired from 1988-'89. Prior to that, Barris created The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. He also hosted The Chuck Barris Rah-Rah Show and wrote and starred in 1980's The Gong Show Movie, a fictitious take on a week in the life of its host.

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Chuck Barris, the maniacal host-producer of 'The Gong Show' and producer of '$1.98 Beauty Show' reacts during a taping session of one of his Gong shows. Barris wrote, produced, directed and starred in 'The Gong Show Movie,' based on the TV series. It included a bunch of his weirdest contestants, ones whose acts are too bizarre for TV.
THE GONG SHOW -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Host Chuck Barris (Photo by Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE GONG SHOW -- Pictured: Chuck Barris (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE GONG SHOW -- Pictured: Chuck Barris (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 31: Chuck Barris and daughter Della Barris sighted on March 31, 1979 on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Chuck Barris new wife Robin. November 30, 1980. (Photo by Jerry Engel/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 17: Chuck Barris attends Nineth Annual Rainforest Foundation Benefit Concert on April 17, 1999 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 11: Former television game show host Chuck Barris and wife Mary attend the premiere of the film 'Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind' on December 11, 2002 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 10: Chuck Barris attends Friends In Deed - Icons and Legends Benefit Auction on September 10, 2001 at Christie's in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Chuck Woolery and Chuck Barris at the premiere of 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' at the Bruin Theatre and after-party at the W Hotel in Los Angeles, Ca. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Mary Barris and Chuck Barris during Confessions of a Dangerous Mind After Party at The W Hotel in Westwood, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Chuck Barris caught in a shaft of light at the Peninsula Hotel, Wednesday afternoon in Beverly Hills. He is the subject of a new movie, and he is also the creator of the Dating Game, the Gong Show, etc. (Photo by Richard Hartog/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Chuck Barris at the Peninsula Hotel, Wednesday afternoon in Beverly Hills. He is the subject of a new movie, and he is also the creator of the Dating Game, the Gong Show, etc. (Photo by Richard Hartog/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 18: Game-show host Chuck Barris and wife Mary are on hand at a screening party for the movie 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' at Metronome. The bash benefited the Kenny Gordon Foundation. The film is based on Barris' memoirs. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 19: Host/producer Chuck Barris arrives at the premiere of the film 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' December 19, 2002 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 19: Chuck Barris and wife Mary arrive at the Paris Theater for the New York premiere of the movie 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.' The film is based on his book. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 14: Author Chuck Barris poses during an in-store appearance to promote his new book ' Confessions of a Dangerous Mind ' at The Book Soup on January 14, 2003 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michel Boutefeu/Getty Images)
Chuck Barris during Chuck Barris in store appearance promoting his book 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' at Astor Place Barnes and Noble in New York, NY, United States. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 16: Chuck Barris Signs Copies of 'Bad Grass Never Dies' at Book Soup on June 16, 2004 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Giulio Marcocchi/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 8: (L-R) The Apprentice's Troy McClain, American Idol's Paula Abdul and TV producer Chuck Barris attend the reception during the Hollywood Radio and Television Society Newsmaker 'Reality Television 2004' Luncheon at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, December 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images for HRTS)
Chuck Barris during Chuck Barris Promotes His Book 'You and Me, Babe' at Barnes & Noble in New York City - August 11, 2005 at Astor Place in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Derek Storm/FilmMagic)
Chuck Barris during 'The Sopranos' Sixth Season New York City Premiere - Arrivals at MoMA - 53rd Street in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 14: Game show producer Chuck Barris poses for a portrait before signing his book 'The Big Question' at Book Soup on May 14, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
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In 1984, Barris published Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, an autobiography in which he claimed to have once been an assassin for the CIA. The book would eventually be adapted into a 2002 movie penned by Charlie Kaufman, starring Sam Rockwell and marking the directorial debut of George Clooney.

In addition to his work in television, Barris wrote the 1962 pop song "Palisades Park," which was recorded by Freddy Cannon.

Last October, ABC announced that it had ordered a 10-episode reboot of The Gong Show, to be executive produced by Will Arnett. A premiere date has not yet been announced.

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