He claims to have moonlighted as a CIA assassin while pitching hit TV shows.
His book became a hit flick starring George Clooney and Drew Barrymore in 2002.
Barris recovered from his first cinema failure — starring and directing “The Gong Show Movie” — by dabbling in the written word.
He hustled ice-cold sodas during Phillies games at Shibe Park in 1950, in addition to selling books and promoting fights.
Barris launched “The Dating Game” in 1965 with host Jim Lange.
The show continued on-and-off until 1999 with the original premise, a single woman or man whittling down three mystery contestants for a date.
After he was unemployed for a year, ABC offered Barris the post of looking after Dick Clark, who at the time was caught up in a payola scandal that landed him in Washington, D. It was a formula he exploited for years and in game shows to come, and although they were critically panned, Barris's shows were undeniably popular with audiences.
Barris quickly sold three more shows: , and at NBC's insistence, he hosted it himself.