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Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," "The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," died at 87 .Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris' family.Barris made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with "The Dating Game," hosted by Jim Lange. After the show became a hit on both daytime and nighttime TV, the Barris machine accelerated.The grinning, curly-haired Barris became a familiar face as creator and host of "The Gong Show," which aired from 1976 to 1980 .When the latter appeared on the show, Barris would strike an oversize gong, the show's equivalent of vaudeville's hook.As "The Gong Show" and Barris' other series were slipping, he sold his company for a reported $100 million in 1980 and decided to go into films.
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