Barris, Chuck

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Barris, Chuck Gender: M
Charles Hirsch Barris
born on 3 June 1929 at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM )
Place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 39n57, 75w10
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Penfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 12°43' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 21°29 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 21°14'

Chuck Barris (1977)


American TV personality, entertainment executive, actor and writer, he is perhaps best known for hosting The Gong Show. The game show host began his career in TV in low-level jobs.

In 1962, he wrote a song, "Palisades Park" which became a hit when recorded by Freddie Cannon. The following year, 1963, ABC sent him to Los Angeles as a director of daytime programming, but he quit a few months later.

Borrowing $20,000, he conceived of The Dating Game and sold it to ABC. The success of that show led to another creation, The Newlywed Game. His company, "Chuck Barris Productions" prospered in the 1970s. In the '80s, however, he sold his share to a publicly held production company that continued using his name.

In 1980, he wrote and starred in The Gong Show Movie, also featuring his daughter Della, who died of a drug overdose in 1998. When the movie flopped, he moved to France with his second wife, Robin Altman.

In 1985, he produced a TV special, Anything for a Laugh, a compilation of all his game shows. He divorced Robin in 1999, and, by 2002, survived lung cancer and married Mary Kane, 30 years his junior.

While recuperating from surgery to remove the tumor from his lungs, he began writing. A movie based on a memoir, published in 1984, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, was released on 27 December 2002.

Chuck Barris died on 21 March 2017 of natural causes at his home in Palisades, New York at the age of 87.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death of Child 1998 (Only child died of drug overdose)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2002 (Movie screen play based on his book)

Source Notes

Marc Penfield quotes a mutual friend, Lissa Morrow, from him 1979.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Lung)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Drug involved
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event
  • Lifestyle : Work : Many job changes
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Lived in France with second wife for over 10 years)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 87)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality (Host of the Gong Show)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script