Dating game cia agent
Dubbed the “King of Schlock,” Barris’ long career in show business began behind the scenes, first on programs like American Bandstand and then as a songwriter thanks to Freddy Cannon’s “Palisades Park.” The song peaked at Number Three in 1962 and was covered by artists like the Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen.
Speaking by phone from his home in New York, Barris says he enjoys the speculation about whether he truly was assassinating enemies of the United States at the same time he was creating a public stir in the '60s and '70s with his lowbrow game shows, forerunners to today's "reality TV."The movie is the directorial debut of George Clooney, who also co-stars as Barris' CIA recruiter.Chuck Barris, the man behind TV's "The Dating Game," poses outside his apartment in New York Dec. Actor George Clooney has directed Barris' life story for the big screen in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." "Gong Show" host Chuck Barris would kill for a little respect - and says he has.The new film "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," based on his 1982 autobiography, depicts his alleged work as a CIA hitman while he was creating such shows as "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game."Is he imagining things, telling an outrageous truth ...Clooney has said he doesn't know which elements of the story are true, but was fascinated that someone of Barris' "wealth and fame" would want to say such things about himself.Born in Philadelphia, Barris was a management trainee at NBC before working at ABC as a network spy monitoring Dick Clark's "American Bandstand." Barris also wrote the hit song "Palisades Park," recorded by Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon."We've been friends for 40-some odd years and I've seen him through moments of great joy and exhilaration and happiness to plumbing the depths," Clark says."He's basically a very bright, well-read guy who was very good at turning out shows for the masses that were sometimes not of the highest intellectual status.