He eventually graduated from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1953 and held several odd jobs before moving to New York.In 1962, Barris wrote "Palisades Park,” a popular song inspired by the New Jersey amusement park, which was performed by Freddy Cannon.A week ago, I happene to catch a little-known movie called "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" -- George Clooney's directoral debut.The movie also had Julia Roberts and Drew Barrymore in it, and although I'm not a movie-goer, I was surprised I had never heard of it.But, Barris' real life stuff is what fascinates me most."Palisades Park" then crazy television success into his current status as a writer.At the end of the film, the camera intimates on the then septuagenarian Barris' face while Sam Rockwell's voice over tells of an edifying new game show Barris has thought up. From the film you are left wishing that Chuck Barris could just appreciate what he did and what a spectacular life he's led and that, critics be damned, he did make worthwhile hilarity on tv, he did buck the system and he seemed to have more laughs than anyone else. It's refreshing and gives you a really interesting bit of insight into a time period and (especially) individual that we of the later generations view with a sort of sepia-tinted nostalgically hokey glow.
What most people don't know is that Barris allegedly spent close to two decades as a decorated covert assassin for the CIA. Real or not, Barris' spy stories, while made-for-the-big-screen in tone and content, are fun to read. Personally, I read it because I felt I owed him one.Then I realized that it was based on the "autobiography" of Chuck Barris, creator of "The Dating Game", "The Newlywed Game," and "The Gong Show" among others. (Rated R for sex and language and violence)I finished the book this morning and then watched the movie, (made from a Charlie Kaufman screenplay adaptation) tonight after the Super Bowl.Being a child of the 1970s, I remembered those games fondly, and watched the movie, which was so entertaining, and fun, and thought-provoking. I can tell you that the film was a lot more edgy, dark and less fun than the book. I've come to idolize Chuck Barris since I read You and Me, Babe years ago.Then I realized that it was based on the "autobiography" of Chuck Barris, creator of "The Dating Game", "The Newlywed Game," and "The Gong Show" among others.Being a child of the 1970s, I remembered those games fondly, and watched th A week ago, I happene to catch a little-known movie called "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" -- George Clooney's directoral debut.In 2002, George Clooney made his directorial debut, adapting , which was also his fiction debut.