Chuck claims to have assassinated 33 people while working for the CIA.
Chuck's company Barris Industries had 27 half-hour shows at once, on network television.
Chuck sold his created company Barris Industries in 1986.
Chuck was once a boxing promoter.
Chuck married Lyn Levy who is a niece of a founder of CBS. Lyn Levy was then disinherited by her family shortly after the two were married. They divorced in 1976.
Chuck began his career as a page for NBC.
Chuck was portrayed by Sam Rockwell, in the movie adaptation of his book Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
Chuck's daughter Della Barris died of a drug overdose in 1998, she was his only child.
Chuck is the nephew of songwriter Harry Barris.
Chuck survived lung cancer.
Chuck said in his book Confessions of a Dangerous Mind that he worked for the CIA as an assassin during the 1960's and 1970's. In interviews since the book was published, he usually answers questions about this by saying "I can't really confirm or deny it". The CIA has denied Chuck Barris ever working for them.
Chuck's fans often refer to him as "Chuckie Baby."
Chuck was the creator of The Dating Game, which was his first game show creation.
Chuck wrote the song "Palisades Park", which was a top ten hit for Freddy Cannon in 1962.
Chuck attended Drexel University, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Triangle, and graduated in 1953.
[On what he feels his most important accomplishment is]
Chuck Barris: Well you know, that's an interesting question. I've never won any awards, I've never won Grammys or Emmys or whatever. My book was #7. My record was #2. My television programs never got an Emmy. So I'm torn between the book I wrote which was a bestseller, and I love writing, and "Palisades Park," which was the first thing I ever created that was commercially successful. I would hear it on the radio in the car I would pull over to the side of the road I was so excited. Or The Dating Game which was my first television program. Those were my babies, so those are the ones I like.
Chuck Barris: We'll be right back with more stuff...
Chuck Barris: This is me saying bye.
Chuck Berris: They call me the father of reality television, and I apologize for that, because I don't think that's a great title.
Chuck Barris: I came up with a new game-show idea recently. It's called The Old Game. You got three old guys with loaded guns onstage. They look back at their lives, see who they were, what they accomplished, how close they came to realizing their dreams. The winner is the one who doesn't blow his brains out. He gets a refrigerator.