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After the show became a hit on both daytime and nighttime TV, the Barris machine accelerated.
New products included "The Newlywed Game," ''The Parent Game," ''The Family Game" and even "The Game Game."At one point Barris was supplying the television networks with 27 hours of entertainment a week, mostly in five-days-a-week daytime game shows.
He also produced the original 1966 off-Broadway staging of the musical “Dames at Sea,” which starred Bernadette Peters.
Barris worked as a programming executive at ABC for about a year before launching the Chuck Barris Productions banner in 1965 with a ,000 loan from his stepfather.
Their daughter, Della, died of a drug overdose in 1998.
Back in the news in 2002 to help publicize "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," Barris said his shows were a forerunner to today's popular reality TV series.
After being dropped from a low-level job at NBC, he found work at ABC, where he persuaded his bosses to let him open a Hollywood office, from which he launched his game-show empire. He wrote the 1962 hit record "Palisades Park," which was recorded by Freddy Cannon.
Barris's first marriage, to Lynn Levy, ended in divorce.
But in all cases, the questions were designed by the show's writers to elicit sexy answers.
Celebrities and future celebrities who appeared as contestants included Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin and a pre-"Charlie's Angels" Farrah Fawcett, introduced as "an accomplished artist and sculptress" with a dream to open her own gallery.
“He also fabricated his life because it might have been the best way of getting at the truth.