Creator of the dating game

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After the show became a hit on both daytime and nighttime TV, the Barris machine accelerated.

I’ve written rock songs, but I’m not a big music star.

After two decades of self-imposed exile in southern...

Chuck Barris, creator of shows like “The Newlywed Game” and popular host of “The Gong Show,” has died. As the 2002 biographical film “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” was set to debut, The Times’ Roy Rivenburg sat down with Barris to talk.

(Roy Rivenburg)Charles Hirsch Barris was born June 3, 1929, in Philadelphia, the son of a dentist.

He grew up with show business aspirations and climbed upward — one menial job after another. He was also a songwriter, penning “Palisades Park,” which was turned into an uptempo hit in 1962 by Freddie Cannon.

The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date.

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