‘Gong Show’ and ‘Dating Game’ Creator Chuck Barris Dead at 87

Chuck Barris, the creator and host of The Gong Show, died on Tuesday (Mar. 21, 2017) of natural causes.

Barris passed away at his home in Palisades, NY, according to his publicist. He was 87 years old.

TMZ reports:

In addition to starting ‘Gong Show’ in 1976 … Barris had also created “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game” in the ’60s. He claimed to have been a CIA assassin on the side, as chronicled in his autobiography, ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.’

The book became a movie in 2002, starring Sam Rockwell as Chuck, and was George Clooney’s directorial debut.

Learn more about Barris’s career over on TMZ.