Producer the dating game
Chuck Barris, best known as host of the TV series “The Gong Show” and creator of “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game,” died Tuesday. He passed away at his home in Palisades, New York, from natural causes, according to publicist Paul Shefrin.
As host of “The Gong Show,” Barris introduced amateur performers to three celebrity judges, who could put a stop to terrible performances by striking the gong.
There were already four bodies to his name when he popped up on national TV, smiling with perfect hair.
Rodney Alcala, one of the most infamous serial killers in U. history, would eventually be arrested and sentenced to death in 1980 for the murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe.
The book became a 2002 movie, directed by George Clooney.
Sam Rockwell starred as Barris, and the cast included Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and Clooney.
(He remains in prison in California.) While Alcala's body count is unknown, police estimate the now-73-year-old man killed at least dozens of women, with some counts running as high as 130 – and there are still over 100 photographs of unidentified women who may have been his victims.
But in 1978, two years before the murder conviction, there he was: Bachelor Number One.
Tali Shapiro was raped and beaten with a steel bar, but because her parents refused to let her testify at Alcala's trial, he was paroled in 1974 after spending 34 months in jail on a lesser charge of child molestation. Alcala enjoyed photographing his victims – mostly attractive young women – after murdering them and putting their corpses in distorted, grotesque poses.A Michigan producer/emcee, 14KT hit the scene in 1994, rhyming and making beats with Binary Star affiliates Athletic Mic League.Fourteen years later, he dropped his first solo project: the well-received instrumental collection The Golden Hour, focusing solely on rap-free tracks influenced by the late great J Dilla (whom he calls his musical mentor).It was in 1965 that Barris launched “The Dating Game,” which was an instant hit with numerous imitations.Continuing to dominate the TV game show landscape, Barris next introduced “The Newlywed Game,” “The Game Game” and a Mama Cass special, among others.