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In 1962, he wrote the pop song “Palisades Park,” which was a tribute to New Jersey’s amusement park.
He also published Della: A Memoir of My Daughter in 2010, a novel about the death of his only child, who died in 1998 after a long struggle with drug addiction.From his boundary-pushing game shows to his strange claims of being a CIA assassin, Chuck Barris lived large.The host of “The Gong Show” and the creative force behind “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and many other game shows died Tuesday at 87 in Palisades, N. Barris loaded ’60s and ’70s television with game shows, and later made waves when in an autobiography he claimed to be an assassin for the CIA, which the agency flatly denied.Sometimes for no reason a musical cue would summon Gene Gene the Dancing Machine (stagehand Gene Patton) who would boogie down to the tune of "Jumpin' at the Woodside." Due to the sheer insanity of the show many people considered Barris to be the Jerry Springer of his time.But there may have been an even stranger side to Barris, beyond “The Gong Show.” Legendary Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin dead at 88 In his book, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” Barris claimed to have been an assassin for the CIA and his implausible story became a 2002 movie directed by first-timer George Clooney and written by Charlie Kaufman. “He also fabricated his life because it might have been the best way of getting at the truth.