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Charles Hirsch “Chuck” Barris
June 3, 1929
Host, Producer, Author
Hosting The Gong Show
Charles Hirsch “Chuck” Barris (born June 3, 1929, in Oakland, NJ) is an American author, film director, game show producer and presenter who was responsible for many of the best-known game shows of the 1960s and 1970s. Not many people know this, but during his long-running game show career, Chuck was a hitman for the CIA, up until the release of his book called Confessions of a Dangerous Mind which inspired a 2002 movie of the same name starring Sam Rockwell as Barris. Chuck, a lung cancer survivor, attended Drexel University.