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Chuck Barris Net Worth

# Fact 1 His show The Gong Show (1976) debuted when the trial begins at Oxford Crown Court of Donald Neilson, the killer known as the Black Panther. 2 Barris was promoted to the daytime programming division at ABC in Los Angeles and was put in charge of deciding which game shows ABC would air. Barris told his bosses that the producer/packagers’ pitches of game show concepts were worse than Barris’ own ideas. They suggested that he quit his ABC programming job and become a producer. 3 On The Dating Game (1965) some of the music that he composed were the music that was actually his, the rest were hits, all over. Barris also used the mix of the hits and little things that he composed. His first wife, Lyn Levy, wrote all the music cues of the show, who also used a huge record library to put in the various music cues. 4 Had absolutely no trouble with the standards, practices, along with the censors while producing the first-run of The Dating Game (1965). 5 One more attempt at reviving an old game show that was not his own originally resulted in an unsold pilot of the 1950s-era game Dollar a Second, hosted by Bob Eubanks. 6 In 1953, when Barris was 24, he took his 75-year-old grandmother on a camping trip to the Poconos, where they spent a wonderful day, but unfortunately when he woke up the next morning she was dead, so he zipped her body into a sleeping bag, tied it to the roof of his Volkswagen, and drove to a police station, but even more unfortunately while he was inside making a report someone stole the car. 7 He tried to be a very popular student at Ardmore’s Lower Merion High School. 8 When he hired San Francisco radio personality and announcer, Jim Lange as Barris’s first choice to host The Dating Game (1965), Lange was sort of a goofball, who was also very thankful for the job, who (in turn) was hired immediately. 9 He and his sister had inherited their writing characteristic from his parents, the only thing he inherited from his parents is his comedic personality. 10 Was one of the few game show hosts and producers to have a very busy schedule, at one point for 27 half hours of network television a week. 11 It was his idea for Jim Lange, to blow a kiss, to the audience, at the end of every The Dating Game (1965) episode, something Barris had thought of doing for Lange. 12 He made another on-camera appearance at the end of the taping of The Dating Game (1965), where he took off Jim Lange‘s blazer, while he was dancing. 13 Was the second game show host (after Bob Eubanks) to use the word “Whoopee,” on The Gong Show (1976), in reference to Murray Langston‘s, “The Unknown Comic.”. 14 Comedian and his ex-The Gong Show (1976) amateur performer, Murray Langston also appeared on The $1.98 Beauty Show (1978), as “The Unknown Comic.”. 15 Most of The Newlywed Game (1966)’s questions dealt with, “Making Whoopee,” the euphemism that Barris and his producers used for sexual intercourse to circumvent network censorship. It was also the catchphrase of the show that Bob Eubanks continued to use the word throughout the show’s many runs, even in the 1980s and 1990s episodes and beyond, when he could easily have said “make love” or “have sex” without censorship. 16 Before a young comedian, Murray Langston would act in The Gong Show (1976), he used to appear on The Dating Game (1965), which was also created by Barris, as one of the bachelors, who was actually picked to date by actress Louisa Moritz. 17 Before Cheryl Lynn became a successful solo artist, she was one of his amateur performers on The Gong Show (1976), performing “You Are So Beautiful” and scored a 30. However, a previous act (a singing juggler) had also earned the same score; and in the audience applauded tie-breaker, the juggler was declared the winner. 18 Met future comedian Pat Harrington Jr. when he was also working as a young page at NBC in New York. Both Barris and Harrington had a lot in common from jazz music to playing the trombone. 19 Composed the first song “Summertime Guy”, which was sung by Eddie Rambeau. Originally, Rambeau was to debut the song on New American Bandstand 1965 (1952), in 1962, but mere minutes before Rambeau was to perform, he was told the song could not be sung, due to Barris then being an ABC employee, owing to concerns of payola, which had become a major music industry scandal at the time. Later, Barris contacted composer Milton Delugg to arrange an instrumental version of the song, which eventually wound up on the game show The Newlywed Game (1966), and would become its signature theme song (the main melody of the theme is preceded by Felix Mendelssohn’s Wedding March). 20 Songwriting ran in his family. 21 His uncle Harry Barris died just 11 days before his daughter Della Barris was born. 22 His favorite game show of all was The Dating Game (1965). 23 During his long career, he produced 12 game shows. 24 In the four years that he hosted The Gong Show (1976), Barris got gonged once. In one of the acts, Barris played the role of lead vocalist/guitarist for “The Hollywood Cowboys,” which he sang “Take This Job And Shove It!”. 25 His daughter Della Barris appeared on The Gong Show (1976) with him. 26 His daughter Della Barris made a cameo appearance on The New Treasure Hunt (1973), who was described as “the very own child.”. 27 The Gong Show (1976) wasn’t the first TV show on which he appeared on camera. Rather, that occurred on a taping of The New Treasure Hunt (1973), throwing a pie in Geoff Edwards‘s face. 28 Unlike in the original The New Treasure Hunt (1973), Barris didn’t have direct involvement with the production of the show itself. 29 Before Johnny Jacobs was his sidekick announcer on The Gong Show (1976), he was the announcer on most of the game shows produced by Barris. 30 Had attended various colleges: St. Joseph, followed by University of Miami for 1 semester. 31 Before Paul Reubens and John Paragon co-starred together, in the popular children comedy, Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1986), they both appeared on Barris’s The Gong Show (1976) as Suave & Debonair. 32 Before Jim Lange, Wink Martindale and Geoff Edwards would all work for Barry-Enright Productions (which is now Sony Pictures Television), they all worked for him, as well as announcer Johnny Jacobs. 33 Depression ran in his family. 34 His mother, Edith (Cohen) Barris, married his father, Dr. Nathaniel Barris, after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, after Chuck was born. 35 Is a best-selling author. 36 His third wife, Mary Rudolph Barris, is from Bowling Green, Kentucky. 37 Once owned a house in Malibu, California. 38 Created his last game show 3’s a Crowd (1979), which was a spin-off from The Newlywed Game (1966). The difference was that as opposed to recently married couples, a married man joined forces with his wife and his secretary to see who knew him better. 39 Before he was a successful game show producer and host, he used to work at his grandfather’s clothing store, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 40 Was idolized by: Bob Goen, Pat Finn, Louie Anderson, Graham Elwood and Todd Newton. 41 The only successful musical variety show he ever produced was The Bobby Vinton Show (1975). 42 Composer Milton Delugg was associated with his production company. 43 Had decided to cease production of The Gong Show (1976), at the end of the fourth season, to pursue other interests. Gong wasn’t the only game show that got canceled in 1980, three of Barris’s created game shows went off the air that same year: 3’s a Crowd (1979), The Dating Game (1965) and The Newlywed Game (1966). 44 Barris Industries was renamed as the Guber-Peters Entertainment Company, Barris Program Sales was renamed to Guber-Peters Program Sales, and Barris Advertising Sales was renamed Guber-Peters Advertising Sales. A day after Sony Corporation of Japan acquired Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Sony acquired Guber-Peters Entertainment Company for $200 million. The sale was completed on November 9, 1989 after Sony’s acquisition of Columbia Pictures Entertainment a day earlier. [1989]. 45 Relocated from New York City, New York to Bowling Green, Kentucky in 2001. 46 Hobbies: playing the trumpet & guitar, listening to music, boating, dining, dancing, traveling, and writing. 47 At Ardmore’s Lower Merion High School, he played basketball for his team. 48 His popularity on The Gong Show (1976) led him to revive both of his earlier shows: The Dating Game (1965) and The Newlywed Game (1966). 49 Met fellow game show host Geoff Edwards on a pilot that didn’t sell. 50 Though he was born in Philadelphia, he was raised in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, which is a middle-class suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 51 After producing the revival of The Gong Show (1988), Barris retired from producing (as well as hosting) in 1989, at age 60. 52 Met fellow game show hosts Jim Lange and Bob Eubanks, while working in the Chuck Barris Studios, in Los Angeles, California, before becoming a game show host in 1965. A few years later, Barris also met 2 other hosts in the same studio, Bob Barker and Wink Martindale. 53 Executive Producer of Chuck Barris Productions from 1965 to 1981. 54 Had relocated from St. Tropez, France to New York City, New York, from 1990 to 2001. 55 His daughter Della Barris reconciled with him before her death. 56 His daughter Della Barris was an alcoholic and a drug addict. In fact, it was him who put his daughter in the psychiatric ward, after the rest of his staff did everything they could to protect her. 57 Is a Republican. 58 He is known to be a very private man. 59 Was a heavy smoker. 60 Before Al Michaels became a successful television sportscaster for ABC, in his young career, Michael worked alongside Barris, as his production assistant on The Dating Game (1965), where he met his wife, Linda. 61 One of its most infamous incidents on The Gong Show (1976) came on the NBC version, when he presented an onstage act consisting of two young women slowly and suggestively sucking Popsicles. 62 His company, Barris Industries, filed a $5 million copyright lawsuit against Lorimar-Telepictures (which was before Warner Bros. Television), indicating that the game show Perfect Match (1986) was similar to The New Newlywed Game (1984). [1986]. 63 Executive Producer of Barris Industries, Inc. from 1981 to 1989. 64 Barris was not the first choice to host The Gong Show (1976), for NBC. The original host of the show John Barbour, who didn’t understand the show’s concept and considered it a straight talent show as opposed to Barris’s parody concept. He removed Barbour at the very last minute, in order to save the show, Barris followed the advice of an NBC executive that he should host the show himself. He also hosted the syndicated version, too. 65 When Barris hosted The Gong Show (1976), he was ill at ease before the camera; he had a nervous habit of clapping his hands together and pointing to the camera while talking. He did this so often that, by the show’s second year, it had become a running gag. Audience members began clapping their hands in unison with Barris whenever they saw him doing it. Barris caught on, and would sometimes pretend to clap, deliberately stopping short to fool the audience. 66 Like fellow game show host Wink Martindale, Barris was also an avid game show watcher, who would later host The Gong Show (1976). 67 Attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was on the student newspaper. He began his writing there. 68 Went to high school with James Billington. 69 Before he was a successful game show host and producer, he used to work as a football film editor, at Tel-Ra Productions, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 70 At age 34, Barris moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1963, to continue pursuing his career as a game show producer. 71 Father of Della Barris. 72 Best known by the public as the host of The Gong Show (1976). 73 Before he was a successful game show producer and host, he used to work at the U.S. Steel in the foundry, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 74 Mentor and friend of Murray Langston. 75 Before he was a successful producer and game show host, he used to work backstage on New American Bandstand 1965 (1952), which was hosted by Dick Clark, at the time, the show was filmed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which of course is Barris’s hometown. 76 At age 23, Barris moved to New York City, New York, in 1952, to continue pursuing his career as a producer. 77 Met his first wife Lyn Levy, whose uncle William Paley was the manager at CBS, in New York City. Her family was on the board of the network, they refused to accept Barris, who couldn’t get into any of the major sales representations. 78 Graduated from Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia’s suburb of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, in 1947. 79 His parents were, Dr. Nathaniel Barris, who was a dentist and Edith (Cohen) Barris, who was a housewife. 80 Before Barris would celebrate his 85th Birthday in 2014, both of his longtime friends Jim Lange and Geoff Edwards, died within a week of each other. The most coincidental thing is they both worked at his production company. 81 Also friends with: Bob Eubanks, Richard Dawson, Jim Lange, Geoff Edwards, Wink Martindale, Freddy Cannon, Chuck Woolery, Allen Ludden, Jamie Farr, Jaye P. Morgan, Al Michaels, Milton Delugg, Phyllis Diller, Pat Harrington Jr., Paul Reubens, Michele Lee, Adrienne Barbeau, Rip Taylor, Gary Owens, Arte Johnson, Jo Anne Worley, Mitzi McCall, Robert Downey Sr., Gene Patton, Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Larry Manetti and Patty Andrews. 82 Met television personality, Dick Clark in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1957. The two men would be friends for 55 years, until Clark’s death on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. 83 His sister, Rita Frances Barris, is an aspiring writer. 84 The first game show he created was ‘Poker People.’. 85 GSN honored him as the ‘Most Zaniest Host,’ in 2007. 86 He resided in St. Tropez, France, from 1980 to 1990. 87 Is the best-selling author of 6 books: “Bad Grass Never Dies: More Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized Autobiography,” “Della: A Memoir of My Daughter,” “The Game Show: A Confession,” “Who Killed Art Deco?” and “The Big Question: A Novel”. 88 Daughter Della Barris died of suspected overdose. She was his only child. 89 Had a film made about his life, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), by George Clooney in his directorial debut with Sam Rockwell playing the man. 90 Before he was a successful game show producer and host, he began his television career as an NBC page in New York. 91 Introduced first-run syndication on television when he bought back an unsuccessful show he created and resold it. 92 Survived lung cancer. 93 Claimed to have been a CIA operative. 94 As a songwriter, he co-composed the song “Palisades Park”, a number three hit in the US for singer Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon in 1962. 95 Nephew of singer/songwriter/actor Harry Barris.

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