The lackluster 1980 film tanked at the box office, prompting Barris to hermit himself in a New York hotel and pen the comedic spy novel “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” — which he heralded as an autobiography.
He claims to have moonlighted as a CIA assassin while pitching hit TV shows.
The information about this comes from a highly classified and hitherto secret annex to the report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee on the attack by Libyan militiamen on the US consulate in Benghazi on 11 September 2012 in which US ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed.
The game show pioneer, who also wrote several books and a hit song, has died at age 87.
He also tried his hand at songwriting, with Freddy Cannon taking his debuted in 1965 on ABC, with contestants grilling three prospective suitors on their likes and dislikes, filled with suggestive questions and double entendres.
Jim Lange, who died in 2014, was the original host.
Chuck Barris, 87, who grew up in Bala Cynwyd and attended Lower Merion High School and the Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University) before creating some of the 1970s' most iconic game shows (and who claimed to have acted as a CIA spy), died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, N. In addition to his television work (and supposed CIA killings), Mr. Barris was born Charles Hirsh Barris on June 3, 1929, in Philadelphia, the son of a dentist and a homemaker.
Barris worked as a pop songwriter, most famously writing “Palisades Park,” a tribute to the beloved, and now long-closed, New Jersey amusement park that hit No. Raised in Bala Cynwyd, he graduated from Lower Merion High and attended Drexel, graduating in 1953. Barris an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2001.