Barris was a passionate admirer of the British historian Thomas Carlyle, and, as readers of his two accounts of his life may know, a naturally-gifted storyteller.
His success was not that of a Chance The Gardener-like figure, an imbecile who wandered into a fortune through happenstance.
”Barris was married three times: first to Lyn Levy, the niece of a CBS founder, which lasted from 1957-1976.
In 1980, he married Robin Altman; they divorced in 1999 and he married his third and final wife, Mary, in 2000.
First among these was "The Dating Game."What many fans of the show may not realize is that the "couple" matched up on the show went on a "date" that was chaperoned. Beyond airtime filler and a source of profits, the show served as a reliable source of employment for unemployed Hollywood actors.
Among the future stars who appeared on its various incarnations were Burt Reynolds, Arnold Schwarznegger, John Ritter, Sally Field, Tom Selleck, Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Lee Majors, Andy Kaufman and Jon Hamm.
Barris then talked his way into an internship with NBC and his songwriting brought him a position working with the young Dick Clark, and, through that, he wound up at ABC.
As he became increasingly aware of the poverty of ideas among those pitching the network on games shows, he left and decided to sell his own.
Publicist Paul Shefrin, speaking on behalf of Barris' family, confirmed to the Associated Press that the self-proclaimed "King of Daytime Television" died at his home in Palisades Park, N. Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Charles Barris had a hardscrabble youth after his dentist father died of a stroke, leaving his family destitute.