Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized Autobiography

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Suspense, excess, danger, and exuberant fun come together in Chuck Barris's unlikely autobiography- the tale of a wildly amboyant '70s television producer nationally known as the host of The Gong Show. What most people don't know is that Barris also spent close to two decades as a decorated covert assassin for the CIA, claiming to have killed over thirty people. Honestly. Barris, who achieved tremendous success as the creator of the hit game shows The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, joined the CIA as an agent in the early 1960s. He inltrated the Civil Rights movement, met with militant Muslims in Harlem, and was sent abroad to kill enemies of the American state, even as his game shows began to soar to ratings success. Originally published in 1982, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind has been out of print for a number of years, but interest in Barris is about to reach an all-time high, with a major movie based on the book coming from Miramax Films in December 2002. The all-star cast includes Sam Rockwell, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Drew Barrymore. Barris will be covered extensively in the media this fall. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a wild and improbable tale spiced with intrigue, sex, bad behavior, and plenty of one-liners.

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User Review  - Duranfan - LibraryThing

Not bad, but not great. Same opinion of the movie, too. I wish he had included more of his time as a TV show producer, maybe with more behind-the-scenes stories. I realize this should be read as a ... Read full review

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90% of it is made up, but it's entertaining.


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Chuck Barris was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 3, 1929. He graduated from Drexel University in 1953. During the payola scandals of the 1950s, he was hired to keep Dick Clark out of trouble. By 1959, he was ABC's director of West Coast daytime programming. He created several game shows including The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and The Gong Show, which he appeared as the host. He wrote the pop song Palisades Park which became a hit for Freddy Cannon in 1962. He gradually withdrew from the television world and became a writer. His books included You and Me, Babe; The Big Question; Who Killed Art Deco? and Della: A Memoir of My Daughter. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind was adapted into a movie starring Sam Rockwell in 2003. He died of natural causes on March 21, 2017 at the age of 87.

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