Chuck Barris: From Gong Show Host To CIA Hitman?

Chuck Barris

Chuck Barris is best known for hosting the Gong Show at various times from 1976-1989. However, Barris told of his life as a CIA hitman in his so-called unauthorized 1984 biography Confessions of  a Dangerous Mind.

The book was made into a movie, by the same name starring George Clooney has the Barris character portrayed by Sam Rockwell killing 33 people. The movie cost $29 million to make and earned only $16 million in the U.S.

Roger Ebert’s Chicago Sun-Times review:

 Charles Hirsch Barris was born on June 3, 1929 in Oakland, New Jersey and is presently 83 years old.

Time magazine article on January 7, 2003 disputes the veracity of his claim. Barris has failed to answer questions about his allegations. The most telling aspect to me is that a CIA spokesman has made this statement: “It is ridiculous and absolutely not true”. On the other hand CIA probably would not reveal if Barris had been a CIA hitman, due to the secretiveness of the CIA.

We may never know if his claims about being a CIA hitman are true, since he refuses to discuss the subject.

Barris was a songwriter, who wrote Palisades Park, which peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1962.

Dating Game fans will be interested to know that he was the creator of the show.




Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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