A spokesman, Paul Shefrin, announced the death, but the cause was not disclosed. Barris also wrote a Top 5 pop song, a best-selling novel and was credited — or blamed — for launching a spate of raunchy reality shows that grew out of his creations in the 1960s and 1970s.
In the book, he claimed to have worked for the CIA as an assassin during the 1960s and ’70s, a claim which the CIA denied.
The multi-talented game show creator was also a songwriter, writing songs such as “Palisades Park” as well as music for his game shows. Though it only ran two years on NBC and four years in syndication, the show is still remembered for its wacky spoof of the talent show format.
One involved monitoring “American Bandstand” host Dick Clark to make sure he was not taking payola from record companies.
He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s to be in charge of daytime programming for ABC-TV.
“They had a leering quality to them and really stood out. Barris’s shows ran until the mid-1970s, with daytime and prime-time versions, and Mr.
They were extraordinary at a time when the other shows in the Top 10 were ‘Gomer Pyle’ and ‘Mayberry R. Barris produced several other show during the same time, including “The Parent Game,” “How’s Your Mother-in-Law?He wrote a song, “Palisades Park,” that reached No.3 on the Billboard pop charts in 1962 for singer Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon. Barris was out of work and had run through his record royalties.Barris hired a tough-looking actor to stand just offstage.Contestants were told that it was an FBI agent who was there to arrest anyone who cursed or said anything salacious. Barris launched a second show, “The Newlywed Game,” with four recently married couples who answered comical and intimate questions about their partners.Six years earlier, he had written a best-selling autobiographical novel, “You and Me, Babe,” about the failing marriage of a television executive.