"I came back and said, ' Let's change the show, have all bad acts and one or two good ones, and people can make a judgment,' " he said in a 2010 interview with The Archive of American Television.When original host John Barbour didn't work out after about a year, NBC execs insisted that the cuddly, curly-haired Barris come on as his replacement, so he donned a tuxedo and a floppy hat and introduced the acts.Yet the book, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, was turned into a 2002 movie starring Sam Rockwell and directed by George Clooney.Barris made game show history right off the bat in 1966 with 'The Dating Game,' hosted by Jim Lange.Barris was the creator of The Gong Show and two other popular TV game shows, The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game.He claimed in his autobiography that his game show antics had been a cover for his work as a CIA operative, working as an assassin during the 1960s and 70s.One example was the late country musician Box Car Willie, who was a 1977 'Gong Show' winner.
Afterward, a distraught Barris checked into a New York hotel and wrote his autobiography in two months.
The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date.
Celebrities and future celebrities who appeared as contestants included Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin and a pre-'Charlie's Angels' Farrah Fawcett.
, claimed to have been an assassin for the CIA — his implausible story became a fantastical 2002 movie directed by first-timer George Clooney and written by Charlie Kaufman — died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Palisades, N.
Y., his family announced through publicist Paul Shefrin.