At the ABC network in the early 1960s, Barris was in charge of deciding which game shows were put on the air but quit to form his own company.He eventually would put more than 15 shows on the air during the 1960s and '70s, starting by conceiving and producing "The Dating Game.” That show played into the emerging “flower power” culture of the time with a young woman or man asking flirtatious questions of unseen members of the opposite sex and then choosing one for a blind date., claimed to have been an assassin for the CIA — his implausible story became a fantastical 2002 movie directed by first-timer George Clooney and written by Charlie Kaufman — died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Palisades, N.Y., his family announced through publicist Paul Shefrin., his real passion is the outdoors, especially fishing. He began fishing at a very young age, and he hasn’t stopped since.
Barris had also created "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" in the '60s.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) " data-medium-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/bkws114-88_2017_201243_high.jpg? quality=70&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/bkws114-88_2017_201243_high.jpg? quality=70&strip=all&w=650" / Canadian peacekeepers prepare for a parade at Maple Leaf Camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Nov.28, 1997.The Trudeau government has promised to get Canada back into the peacekeeping business, but a new report from two independent think tanks says the military is ill-prepared for the task.Other offbeat characters on the show included “Gene Gene the Dancing Machine” and Murray Langston, the “Unknown Comic,” who wore a paper bag over his head.READ MORE: New dating app ‘Hater’ brings people together over shared aversions The show was so popular it spawned a feature film, An Indian fisherman prays to a partial solar eclipse seen in the sky over Bay of Bengal in Konark, 60 kilometers from eastern Indian city Bhubaneswar, Wednesday, March 9, 2016.