Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chuck Barris (1929-2017)

Heaven's gong has called for Chuck Barris.

The eccentric television producer and entertainer has passed away at 87, leaving behind a treasure trove of iconic television hits, dating back to the late 60's.

Of course, we have to start with Chuckie himself, on the original Gong Show:



Barris was also a songwriter, having composed Freddy Cannon's hit, "Palisades Park". Barris took the royalties from "Palisades" to start his production company, which began with The Newlywed Game. Scope out a 1969 daytime episode:



And, then, there's The Dating Game. Here's a 1968 primetime episode with Richard Dawson, Bill Bixby, and Steve Martin:



Of course, Chuckie couldn't resist appearing in a 1979 syndicated episode that also featured Gong regular Jaye P. Morgan......



Jim's joke intros in game 1 sound like Chuck might've written them for him, don't ya think?

Barris' autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, became a feature film in 2002, directed by George Clooney, but anyone that read the tome probably figured that by that point, Barris was permanently out to lunch. A CIA assassin? Barris? Yeah, right. Had to be on something back then.

Rest in peace, Chuck, or, as you'd probably put it, 'bye, y'all.

2 comments:

Mike Doran said...

You can't tell me that you didn't notice ...

... Bachelor #3 in the Morgan game was Sam Jones, who somehow got less mileage out of reasonably big movies like Flash Gordon (title role, as it were) and "10" (Bo Derek's doofus groom) than anybody in the business?

How young are you, anyway?

hobbyfan said...

54. Thanks for asking.

In re.: Sam Jones. His career sort of frittered out after "Flash Gordon", didn't it?

I posted this at work, and didn't have time to name-check Jones.