He kickstarted his entertainment career as an NBC page in Manhattan.
He headed west to produce daytime programming in Los Angeles before quitting to pursue his knack for game shows.
The ending of the show always had the host (Jim Lange) and the and winning contestants blowing a big kiss to the camera.
Has a very young Michael Jackson as the contestant Ok I finally get it, sixties “just for fun” television hits 21st century social media.
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.
Actors Steve Martin, Phil Hartman and Arnold Schwarzenegger were contestants before they were famous.The pre-stardom Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Lindsay Wagner, Tom Selleck and Lee Majors appeared as "contestants" on the show in the 1960s and early 1970s.Other contestants who appeared in their unknown or pre-stardom eras included The Carpenters, Jackson Bostwick, Joanna Cameron, Andy Kaufman (who went under the name Baji Kimran), Steve Martin, Burt Reynolds, John Ritter, Phil Hartman, Jennifer Granholm (Governor of Michigan from 2003-2010), the actor Jay North, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Tom Selleck (who went on the show twice but was not chosen as a "date" either time).Nobel prize-winning poet Sir Derek Walcott dies at 87 Barris retreated from the Hollywood spotlight in the 1980s to live a quiet life in a French villa with his girlfriend and future second wife, Robin Altman. Barris’ daughter with ex-wife Lynn Levy, Della, died of a fatal cocktail of cocaine and vodka. Ahead of his cinema debut in 2002, Barris feared hosting "The Gong Show" would be his only contribution to history. It’s just middle-of-the-road greatness,” Barris told the Associated Press. It’s ‘The Gong Show’ and that’s a shame.” “It’s not the legacy I wanted to have.” Barris is survived by his third wife of 16 years, Mary.The Dating Game is an ABC television show that first aired on December 20, 1965 and was the first of many shows created and packaged by Chuck Barris from the 1960s through the 1980s.