Chuck Barris, Creator of ‘The Gong Show’ and ‘The Dating Game,’ Dies at 87

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Charles Hirsch “Chuck” Barris, creator of “The Gong Show” and “The Dating Game,” died Monday night at home in Palisades, New York, according to a representative of his wife. He was 87.

Chuck Barris is the creator of “The Dating Game,” “The Gong Show,” and more. (Credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)

The popular game show creator, producer and host died of natural causes.

It was in 1965 that Barris launched “The Dating Game,” which was an instant hit with numerous imitations. Continuing to dominate the TV game show landscape, Barris next introduced “The Newlywed Game,” “The Game Game” and a Mama Cass special, among others.

“Those were the happiest days of my life,” Barris said in a 2002 interview with The Times. “It was Camelot.”

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