Barris recovered from his first cinema failure — starring and directing “The Gong Show Movie” — by dabbling in the written word.
The lackluster 1980 film tanked at the box office, prompting Barris to hermit himself in a New York hotel and pen the comedic spy novel “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” — which he heralded as an autobiography.
"We'd go out to dinner, and then I'd go over to your house."Lange was born on Aug. Paul, Minn., where as a young man he discovered a passion for local radio.
He worked as a disc jockey for decades, and upon his retirement from broadcasting in 2005, he was the morning DJ for KABL-FM in the San Francisco Bay Area, which specializes in playing classics from the Big Band era to the 1970s."As much as he's known for his television work, his real love was radio," his wife said.
Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, appeared as contestants.
His way of addressing viewers and engaging them in the show held his true potential.There are plenty of other great ones out there, especially if you look at foreign game shows. and even though the show itself wasn't a big hit, her role as host was.Betty White is well known for a lot of things, including her prowess as a game show competitor. She was the first woman to win the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host (1983), and her competition for the title couldn't have been tougher -- she beat out Richard Dawson and Dick Clark. When you think about all of the game show hosts out there, past and present, not a lot of women come to mind.For some reason, networks seem to prefer male hosts for their game shows.
This fact is really a shame, because there have been some talented women who have fronted popular games over the years and it would be great to see more of them today.