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.
Naturally, there has been a lot of dispute over the claims in the book and just how much of it was true.
Of course, one has to ask why a former intelligence agent would confess to such activities with the risk of arrest and/or execution if they were true. He writes such good stuff.'His appreciation for the fabricated parts of the story only serves to go against the idea that Chuck really was working for the CIA.
Actors Steve Martin, Phil Hartman and Arnold Schwarzenegger were contestants before they were famous.
In his now infamous unauthorized autobiography 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind', he wrote that he had been enlisted by a CIA agent to work as an assassin during his time hosting 'The Dating Game' and 'The Gong Show'.
The book was turned into a critically acclaimed film in 2003 directed by George Clooney and starring Sam Rockwell, and saw the character of Chuck embarking on missions to Mexico, Berlin and Finland, killing 33 people and even getting captured by the KGB.
Still, he has always staunchly refused to confirm or deny the truth behind his memoirs. And when you put that next to the publication's claim that he faked his NBC resume, it seems he had a history of making stuff up.
On the other hand, Chuck was quick to point out the bits that the film's screenwriter Charlie Kaufman made up. Even after years of scorn, Chuck wrote a sequel entitled 'Bad Grass Never Dies' in 2004.