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.
One standard trademark was that at the end of each episode, the host and winning contestants would blow a kiss to the viewers.
The Dating Game was hosted by Jim Lange from its debut on ABC until the late 1970s syndicated series went off the air.
Legendary Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin dead at 88 The CIA outright denied ever employing the wacky TV producer.
"It sounds like he has been standing too close to the gong all those years," CIA spokesman Tom Crispell quipped in 2004.
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 grew up with show business aspirations and climbed upward — one menial job after another. He was also a songwriter, penning “Palisades Park,” which was turned into an uptempo hit in 1962 by Freddie Cannon.
Game Show by Chuck Barris Productions which debuted on ABC in 1965 with host Jim Lange.
Typically, a bachelorette would question three bachelors, who were hidden from her view; at the end of the questioning period, she would choose one to go out with on a date paid for by the show.
Occasionally, the roles would be reversed with a man questioning three ladies; other times, a celebrity would question three players for a date for themselves, a co-worker or a relative of theirs.
Many celebrities played the game looking for love themselves.