Jim Lange, "The Dating Game" host, dead at 81 - CBS News
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show "The Dating Game," has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. Obituary: Jim Lange, host of ABC's 'The Dating Game'. By Paul The questions were designed by the show's writers to elicit sexy answers. Jim Lange KFRC (Magic 61) Promotional Photo, is punctuated by fifteen years as host of TV's “The Dating Game,” was born in St. Paul, Minn., and began .
FM was just starting to come in during the late Fifties, so it was much easier. He was funny without being obscene. Everything he did was done with a chuckle or whatever.
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You knew the meaning. You could fade away and you knew what he was talking about. And, of course, the music was different. The best memories are working with the wonderful people who were on the show.Jim Lange 1932-2014
They all came through the show, even Groucho Marx. So I got to meet all those people — I think that was a great thrill, and also the fact that I got to see nine beautiful women everyday. That was kind of fun. And, of course, it sent all my kids to college.
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And the fact is that the thing is kind of legendary now. And Howard Stern, too. Yeah, and Howard Stem.
I visited Howard and we had a little fun on his show not too long ago. No, no, heavens no. What brought you back to Magic 61 and San Francisco?
What brought me back actually was a job offer. I was trying for six years.
There was just nothing opening up in the Bay Area. Plus they kept renewing my contract down in L. It finally worked out where something opened up at Magic So when the job opened up, we just jumped at it and came up here instantly.
What are some of your thoughts about the station? I absolutely love it.
Chuck Barris, The Gong Show host and alleged CIA assassin, dies at 87
I think they were a little narrow in their selection earlier on. The listeners are responding well, the ratings are good. Well, I hope to be doing it until they carry me out of here. One final question — if you had to choose one medium to work in, would you choose radio or TV?
It will always be radio. Radio is the theater of the mind.
Jim Lange dies at 81; best-known as host of 'The Dating Game' - Los Angeles Times
When the latter appeared on the show, Barris would strike an oversize gong, the show's equivalent of vaudeville's hook. The victims would then be mercilessly berated by the manic Barris, with a hat often yanked down over his eyes and ears, and a crew of second-tier celebrities.
Occasionally, someone would actually launch a successful career through the show.
He directed and starred in The Gong Show Movie, a thundering failure that stayed in theaters only a week. Afterward, a distraught Barris checked into a New York hotel and wrote his autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, in two months. In it, he claimed to have been a CIA assassin. The book and the film based on it, directed by George Clooney were widely dismissed by disbelievers who said the creator of some of television's most lowbrow game shows 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.
Barris, who offered no corroboration of his claims, was unmoved. Seeking escape from the Hollywood rat race, he moved to a villa in the south of France in the s with his girlfriend and future second wife, Robin Altman, and made only infrequent returns to his old haunts over the next two decades. Back in the news in to help publicise Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Barris said his shows were a forerunner to today's popular reality TV series.
Chuck Barris and George Clooney in Credit: Kevin Winter Born in Philadelphia inCharles Barris was left destitute, along with his sister and their mother, when his dentist father died of a stroke.
After graduating from the Drexel Institute of Technology inhe took a series of jobs, including book salesman and fight promoter.