The book became a 2002 movie, directed by George Clooney.
Sam Rockwell starred as Barris, and the cast included Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and Clooney.
Barris was probably best known as the producer and host of "The Gong Show." Beginning in 1976, the off-the-wall talent show served as inspiration for other reality competition shows, like "American Idol." Barris stepped away from hosting "The Gong Show" in 1980. Prior to that, Barris created other famous game shows like "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game." Barris wrote in his autobiography that he worked as an assassin for the CIA during the 1960s and '70s.Barris' only child, Della, passed away in 1998 from a drug and alcohol overdose. The show pushed the boundaries of daytime television with taboo questions and double entendres. As host of “The Gong Show,” Barris introduced amateur performers to three celebrity judges, who could put a stop to terrible performances by striking the gong. — Chuck Barris, best known as host of the TV series “The Gong Show” and creator of “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game,” died Tuesday. He passed away at his home in Palisades, New York, from natural causes, according to publicist Paul Shefrin.While Drew is back on the market after ending her marriage to Will Kopelman in April, the actress and mom of two has been vocal about her fondness for falling in love; over the years, Drew has dated fellow Hollywood stars like Justin Long, Luke Wilson, and director Spike Jonze, as well as musicians Fabrizio Moretti and Eric Erlandson — and she's even guilty of "ghosting" on Christian Bale after one date back in the '80s!