Barris was the creator of The Gong Show and two other popular TV game shows, The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game.
The CIA denied his story.'It sounds like he has been standing too close to the gong all those years,' quipped CIA spokesman Tom Crispell.
'Chuck Barris has never been employed by the CIA and the allegation that he was a hired assassin is absurd.'Barris, who offered no corroboration of his claims, was unmoved.'Have you ever heard the CIA acknowledge someone was an assassin? His autobiography was widely dismissed by disbelievers who said the game show creator had allowed his imagination to run wild when he claimed to have spent his spare time traveling the world, quietly rubbing out enemies of the United States.
Chuck Barris, the daytime television mastermind of popular programs featuring newlyweds and singles, died Tuesday afternoon. Barris' TV success inspired similar shows, such as “The Parent Game” and “The Newlywed Game,” where spouses quizzed each other.
Actors Steve Martin, Phil Hartman and Arnold Schwarzenegger were contestants before they were famous.
Back in the news in 2002 to help publicize 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind', Barris said his shows were a forerunner to today's popular reality TV series.
Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Charles Barris was left destitute, along with his sister and their mother, when his dentist father died of a stroke.
After the show became a hit on both daytime and nighttime TV, the Barris machine accelerated.
New products included 'The Newlywed Game,' ''The Parent Game,' ''The Family Game' and even 'The Game Game.' At one point Barris was supplying the television networks with 27 hours of entertainment a week, mostly in five-days-a-week daytime game shows.
The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date.
Celebrities and future celebrities who appeared as contestants included Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin and a pre-'Charlie's Angels' Farrah Fawcett.
He directed and starred in 'The Gong Show Movie,' a thundering failure that stayed in theaters only a week.