CHUCK BARRIS
1929 - 2017
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The Trustees and staff of the NYC Police Foundation note with sorrow the passing of our beloved Trustee Emeritus. Chuck served on the Board for 30 years with unwavering support for the NYPD and concern for the safety of all New Yorkers. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to his wife, Mary. We are deeply grieved by his death, and feel fortunate to have known him. Dale Hemmerdinger, Chairman; Susan L. Birnbaum, President & CEO


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Published in New York Times on Mar. 23, 2017.
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March 21, 2019
He was great. Loved the show. I tried to keep up with Gene Gene THE DANCING MACHINE, but couldn't.
PHIL PURTEE
September 29, 2017
I remember watching Chuck Barris on The Gong Show in the 70's, was a wacky show. RIP Chuck...
Kent Sivadge
August 5, 2017
So sorry to hear about Mr Barris. I loved watching that show and would even answer for the bachelorettes. To his family I pray that you will find comfort in his funny stories. (smile)
July 14, 2017
Godspeed Chuck, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. Unforgettable.
Harry Simpson
May 31, 2017
It's really sad when TV personalities such as Chuck Barris passes away. He made us laugh when there wasn't much to laugh about. May God's peace help to comfort his family and friends and fans today and the weeks and months ahead. So sorry for your loss.
D B
May 27, 2017
An old saying is " laughter is the best medicine " then certainly Chuck proved himself to be a doctor of comedy. His uncanny ability to make people laugh was truly a gift and he used it to help others. He lived a long life which indicates he had a special might that is rare these days. ( Psalms 90:10). He will be fondly remembered by many.
Leonard Tucker
May 19, 2017
WATCHED HIM MANY TIMES GREAT GUY RIP CHUCK BARRIS
ROBERT SPEAKMAN
April 19, 2017
His shows were harmless and positive - definitely fun, simple and eminently watchable. He was one of a kind and will be missed by so many of us who loved The Gong Show - we miss him already - thanks, Chuck, for making us laugh beyond boundaries!
Joyce G
April 19, 2017
His shows were harmless and positive - definitely fun, simple and eminently watchable. He was one of a kind and will be missed by so many of us who loved The Gong Show - we miss him already - thanks, Chuck, for making us laugh beyond boundaries!
April 1, 2017
I was deeply saddened by the news of such a talented guy . May God comfort you giving you peace and strength .
CA
March 29, 2017
Hearts are saddened for the loss of Chuck. We mourn with you. Hold tight to good memories of Chuck for comfort. Lean on God for support.
Mildred Haywood
March 28, 2017
Chuck Barris was a crazy genius and I have to thank him for all the opportunities that he gave me in the beginning of my career. Have been on almost a dozen of his shows as different characters - he really pushed me into trusting my instincts when it came to character development. After my first appearance on the Gong Show as Meesta Lee - he had me on all of his shows including the Rah Rah Variety Show and his pilot the Comedy Courtroom which at the time was too risky for TV. I have so many great stories of my life because of him and becoming part of the Barris TV family and even working as a Dating Game Chaperone in the old days! Chuckie Baby will be deeply missed. He was a generous, one of a kind gently man who will always be remembered as a comedy Genius by me personally and his millions on fans. May he forever - rest in eternal peace! - Prentice Lennon
Prentice Lennon
March 27, 2017
Very fond memories of the gong show and this quirky, child-like guy. Rest in peace.
Nancy V
March 27, 2017
Our loving father gives gifts to all
We deeply benefited from Mr Barris gift
May our loving father give you comfort from above
My prayers are with you
Phillips
March 26, 2017
So sorry to hear of your loss, remember him well his shows were very funny. My condolences to the family on the loss, may God comfort and keep you during your grief.
TS
March 26, 2017
My condolences given family,friends and fans. Chuck were truly a people person and a natural host. Chuck have touch many people lifes may God bless his soul.

Artis.Ac Hudson Sr
Macon Ga.
March 26, 2017
I still have my copy of your book "You And Me, Babe". Still a fave . RIP.
Judy Thomas
March 25, 2017
My deepest condolences.At this time may you throw all your anxiety upon God because he cares for you. My sincere condolences.
Al
March 25, 2017
RIP, he brought many hours of laughter to the world.
Jacqueline Connolly
March 25, 2017
What a prolific mind Mr. Barris had. We all enjoyed his many game shows. He will be truly missed. Please accept my family's condolences to the Barris family and friends.
RDR
March 25, 2017
I am so sad for the family of Mr. Barris. I never seen him without a smile. No doubt he loved his work. I wish you comfort, peace from the precious memories that he left behind. He brought much joy to others. (23rd Psalm)
m.V.
March 25, 2017
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Know that the God of all comfort hears your cries and he will comfort and rescue you during this sad occasion. (Psalms145:18,19)
L W
March 25, 2017
My sincere condolences to the family, friends and fans of this creative man. I grew up on so many of thos quirky shows which brought me many laughs. God will comfort and sustain you during this difficult time because he cares for you. (1Peter 5:6,7)
March 25, 2017
So very sorry to hear about Dale, he was a great guy. He will surely be missed. Linda from Hovis
Linda Markow
March 25, 2017
Offering my best regards to Mary, the Wagmans, and everyone else who knew and loved him.

RIP, and Godspeed.
March 24, 2017
I had many good memories of Chuck Barris on the Gong show all those years. After one act was gonged he made the remark..."That was about as funny as a wet toilet seat......then again, I like sticky buns." Amazing how I still remember that. I saw in the obituary that his daughter preceded him in death. That's too bad. His daughter was a part of numerous episodes on the Gong Show as a young girls. Thanks for all the good shows.
Steve Chellman
March 24, 2017
Mr. Barris: All of your shows were uproariously funny! I loved watching ALL of them. I fondly remember Gene Gene and the incomparable Jaye P. Morgan. To Mr. Barris' family and friends: death can never separate those bound together by the ties of pure love. My deepest sympathy to all.
March 24, 2017
To the family and friends, I am truly sorry for your loss. May the God Of All Comfort continue to give you strength and peace during this most difficult time.
March 24, 2017
To Chuck Barris,
You did a wonderful job hosting the Gong Show. My prayers go to you, your friends and family. Lisa Weiner
Lisa Weiner
March 24, 2017
The Gong Show was one of my favorite & I loved it. Sleep sweetly, Chuck.
March 24, 2017
The man was a funny enjoyable goofball.
mark kueck
March 24, 2017
His satirical insanity on the Gong Show was pure genius. Thanks for the laughs. RIP.
Mike Dellger
March 24, 2017
Hi how are you I'll miss him jody
Mr jody Brachman
March 24, 2017
My fondest memories of CHUCK was watching him on "THE GONG SHOW" now that was a hilarious variety show. Common folks could come on and perform a talent (talent show). Chuck would have viewers laughing while 90% got GONGED b4 finishing their act. CHUCK had such energy and comedic charm, fans loved him dearly...THANKS FOR THE GOOD TIMES...RIH
Valenda Newell
March 24, 2017
Chucky, you made millions laugh! Godspeed!
James (Boston Jim) McMinn
March 24, 2017
Toni Santaella
March 24, 2017
You brought so many goid memories to so many people. May this verse bring comfort to the family.
Karen Gordon
March 24, 2017
My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time.
Rochelle Paulette
March 24, 2017
May the God of all comfort be with you.

Sincerely
March 23, 2017
Will be missed. My condolence to the family. A very talented man.
Patrick Phillips
March 23, 2017
Rest In Peace Chuck!!
Pooh
March 23, 2017
Grew up watching and loving the Gong Show. I am so sorry for your great loss. I hope that the promise found in Hosea 13:14 can bring the Barris family some comfort.

Knowing that there is a future for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.

My deepest condolences.
L. Smith
March 23, 2017
We are so sorry to hear about Chuck's passing. We loved him on the Gong Show. He was wonderful at making people laugh. The Barris family is in our prayers. Chuck is now in heaven making our LORD laugh. RIP Chuck we will miss you.
Terri Zezza
March 23, 2017
Mr Barris I will miss you so much. You have given me so much laughter through the years. The brilliant mind of yours between being a producer, comedian, author & so much more. You are the greatest & will never be forgotten. RIP funny man.
Annmarie Pasquarelli Blanc
March 23, 2017
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
G. Freeman
March 23, 2017
Absolutely funny & witty as well as talented!! Always remember "Gong Show" days & how my siblings & I would be anxious for the show to come on to see the outrageous things ppl would do!! Then that music after being 'Gonged!' Crazy!! The dancing around while the person leaves the stage!! Ohh the Laughter!!!May he SIP & keep em Laughing in the great beyondLove ya Chuck Barris
"Lu"
March 23, 2017
My condolences to the Barris family
Chuck
March 23, 2017
Rest in Peace game show genius.

GB in Colonie,NY
March 23, 2017
Barris was a genius in his ability to make the mundane relevant! A master of making the ludicrous and looney mainstream. Songwriter, creative producer, jokester, Barris even made the handclap a part of his schtick an epic event(when he faked out the viewers!) If I need a lift, I watch The Gong Show and I'm howling. Thanks for the laughs and goofiness. My prayers and thoughts are with the Barris family.
Bill
March 23, 2017
Matthew McGuire
March 23, 2017
It is with such sadness sending this heartfelt condolence in regards to the passing of an TV icon Chuck Barris. I will forever treasure my memories of the shows he created: Dating Game, Newlywed Game and especially the Gong Show. I will remember Gene, Gene the dancing machine. Also the host of celebrity judges. May Mr. Barris' spirit always surround our hearts, minds & sense of humor. He was too funny!!!! RIP Chuck....
Carolyn Wallace-Murray
March 23, 2017
So sorry for the passing of Chuck. May God comfort you and give you the strength you need during this difficult time. Psalms 83:18 Phyllis
March 23, 2017
I am so sorry for the family's loss. May you find comfort through prayer and God's loving promise found John 6:40
S B
March 23, 2017
You made America laugh. May God bless you and your family. Rest in peace my friend. You'll be back with more stuff.
William Cooper
March 23, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
E,S
March 23, 2017
I used to work for Chuck and he became a beloved friend. He was the most brilliant man I ever knew. He was also the sweetest - always taking the time to talk to everyone - servers, chauffeurs, bussers and anyone who said hello to him. He always acted like he knew you, and when you walked away, you felt as if you knew him. No person was below him. I am in crushed that he is gone. He should have lived forever. But as Chuck would say, "shoulda, woulda, coulda". I have wonderful memories with him in NY, LA and Saint Tropez. I will keep you in my heart forever, "Bill".

Love,
"Daphne"
Jane Bulmer
March 23, 2017
Had many a laugh watching Barris. So sorry that he's gone, but not forgotten. He's in God's memory now.
March 23, 2017
My deepest sympathy for the family.
March 23, 2017
HIS "WILL BE BACK WITH MORE STUFF" WAS RIGHT UP THERE WITH MCALLISTER'S/SIMMONS, "DON'T GO AWAY"
JOHN DOE23
March 23, 2017
A Great Talent, Great Shows and a life well lived. I salute you Mr. Barris with a heartfelt "bong"! Rest in peace sir.
Brian Albany NY
March 23, 2017
I was waiting for"More Stuff", sir. And I wanted to throw something at 'Gene, Gene, the dancing machine. A young JP Morgan also had'More Stuff'.RIP!
Ernie Beltran
March 23, 2017
Such a Marvelous Personality and Showman. I met him in Hollywood on Clark Street
in the 60's...he always had a smile and always spoke. I neer missed a "Gong" show!
Grace Bryan
Friend
March 23, 2017
Thanks for sharing your talent. Will miss you.
Sheila
March 22, 2017
I loved The Gong Show.
Chuck Barris was a comic genius. He also suffered dearly when his daughter died young and untimely.
Thank you for giving us your creative mind.
You are with Della now.
March 22, 2017
Thanks for all the memories Mr. Barris. You are now up there in Gong Show heaven dancing with Gene Gene "The Dancing Machine."
Carl Franks
March 22, 2017
To the family and friends of Mr. Chuck Barris. I'm so very sorry for your loss, but know that you can depend on God always. I've found these verses to be of comfort at Psalms the 62nd chapter the 7th and 8th verse.
M. S.
March 22, 2017
Dear Barris Family Rory and I wish to extend our condolences's on the loss of Chuck Barris.he'll surely be missed.luv,faith/rory
faith/rory tobin/dockett
March 22, 2017
You gave our family many evening laughs
Joelle Caiola
March 22, 2017
Thanks for the laughs
Mark Lynn
March 22, 2017
"The Gong Show" was hilarious! Rest in peace, funny quirky Chuck Barris! The flower gardens in "Palisades Park" are in full bloom in heaven, I hear!
Terry Bryant
March 22, 2017
TO THE FAMILY OF CHUCK BARRIS, IT'S TRULY SO SAD TO HEAR THAT CHUCK BARRIS HAS PAST AWAY, WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS THAT HE DIED I WAS SHOCK, I THINK EVERYONE IS MOURNING THE LOST OF CHUCK BARRIS. I THINK THAT EVERY GREW UP WATCHING "THE DATING GME" HOSTED BY JIM LANGE, "THE NEWLYWED GAME" HOSTED BY BOB EUBANKS, "THE $1.98 BEAUTY SHOW" HOSTED BY RIP TAYLOR, I LOVE WATCHING THAT SHOW & "THE GONG SHOW" HOSTED BY CHUCK, WHICH HE PRODUCED & CREATED THE GAME SHOWS. HE WILL BE MISSED BY EVERYONE AND YET NOT BE FORGOTTEN. HIS LEGACY WILL BEREMEBERON RERUNS ON THE GAME SHOW NETWORK. MY THOUGHTS, PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU & FAMILY AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME. RIP SLEEP CHUCK BARRIS..
JENNIFER BARIBAULT
March 22, 2017
RIP Chuck. You were loved more than you realized.
Meg Safranek
March 22, 2017
Chuckie - you gave me my horrible first start in Hollywood! First as a paid audience member, then as a paid contestant on the Gong Show. Your instructions were, "perform really bad and if you get gonged, I'll pay you an extra fifty bucks." Best time in my life. After that I got a bunch of walk-ons which really paid the bills. 20 years later I was walking along a busy street in Monte Carlo and you recognized me and called me by name - impressive. We shared some very intimate stories. Will miss you pal...
Chris Manos
March 22, 2017
Thanks for the gong show Mr chuck Barris rest in peace thanks for the gong chambersburg pa march 22nd 2017
March 22, 2017
I WAS A FAN OF THE GONG SHOW. HE WAS A GREAT HOST AND CREATER OF OTHER SHOWS, TOO.
Harriet Brown
March 22, 2017
Rest in peace
March 22, 2017
That must be.... Gene... Gene... the Dancing... Machine... ahhhhh!
RIP Chuckie-baby. In your honor, re-runs of the Gong Show, silly hats and "the dance". See you on the Other Side. Thanks for the laughs. Peace and Love...and back with more stuff.
Lori W
March 22, 2017
To Chuck Barris,
You were an excellent host of the Gong Show .
My prayers are with you mr. Barris. Lisa weiner
Lisa Weiner
March 22, 2017
He made many of us smile. I watched the zany Gong show when I worked nights, God Bless
Howie
March 22, 2017
May Heaven accept you with open arms; like American viewers did. Thank you for all the grins and giggles. RIP Chuck.
Cindy Eddy
March 22, 2017
I am so sorry for your lost of a love one! I used to watch the Gong Show way back when! God Bless his family and friends!
Sally Johnson
March 22, 2017
Chuck Barris Family, please accept my deepest sympathies to all the family. He was loved by so many ,and many memories of him I know you will find comfort in them forever.
Mary
March 22, 2017
Thank you for all your laughs through the years. RIP.
KATHY SPENCER
March 22, 2017
Chuck's hats were hysterical! My favorite....umbrella hat! I never knew how he could see with all these hats.
Good -bye, Unknown. Comic!
Anne Marie De Stefano
March 22, 2017
Thank you for many hours of laughs and siiliness! The Gong Show was and is one of my favorites. Loved watching you dance! RIP Chuckie Baby!
Rebecca Hall
March 22, 2017
I loved him and the funny gong show!! Watched it all the time growing up. Condolences to the family.
Mary Ann Scardigno
March 22, 2017
I enjoyed Chuck shows and he will forever missed by all who knew him personally and as he shined here on earth, he's now a shooting star that shine's forever in Heaven. R.I.P.
Jason Davis
March 22, 2017
Thanks Chuck for giving us Gene Gene the Dancing machine l never laugh so hard may you RIP Chuck
Wally McKinght
March 22, 2017
Chuck, you were a legend beyond his time, rest in peace, my fellow alumnus of Drexel University.....
Cary Sklar
March 22, 2017
RIP
michelle plakas-kaiser
March 22, 2017
My condolences to your family during this time of grief.
J L
March 22, 2017
A dangerous mind has been laid to rest as baby boomers,everywhere, pay their respects and thank the man for so many great moments. You entertained and warped our fragile, egg-shell minds with humor and perspective..... for which we owe you such gratitude. Rest well.
Del Gomes
March 22, 2017
Rest in peace Chuckie Baby.
william cooper
March 22, 2017
RIP Mr Barris, and sympathies to the family. I loved the Gong Show and he made it so funny.
Matthew Menefee
March 22, 2017
Joan Walton
March 22, 2017
I spent a lot of years laughing with Chuck and his antics! Rest well Chuck and keep Heaven laughing.
John Crosby
March 22, 2017
To the Barris Family,
I am sorry for your loss.
I remembered the Newlywed game show and the Gong show they were fun to watch , also family friendly, we will miss Chuck, may the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts during this time of sorrow.
Andrea
March 22, 2017
So sorry to hear of the passing of Chuck Barris. Prayers and condolences go out to his family, friends & associates. I watched and enjoyed most of his shows, growing up. I especially liked the very funny "Gong Show" and "The Newlywed Game." A clever and talented man he will be missed, but his creation of game shows & reality t.v. is his lasting legacy. May he rest in eternal peace.
Nancy Woodwell-Freedman
March 22, 2017
I just loved him and The Gong Show. God bless him and RIP.
CBG
March 22, 2017
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