Occasionally, someone would actually launch a successful career through the show.
One example was the late country musician Box Car Willie, who was a 1977 , in two months. The book (and the 2002 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 travelling the world, quietly rubbing out enemies of the United States.
When the latter appeared on the show, Barris would strike an oversize gong, the show's equivalent of vaudeville's hook.
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.
, died Tuesday of a heart attack in his Mill Valley, CA home. Lange hosted the game show for more than a decade after it debuted in 1965, and over those years played host to contestants including Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, Farrah Fawcett and Arnold Schwarzenegger competing for the right to win a date by answering questions that were intended to illicit PG-13 responses well before there was such a thing as PG-13.
Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris' family.
Actors and actresses need love, too--and they were willing to go on this classic game show to find it!
Click through the slides to see who went on air to see if they could find the man or woman of their dreams.
Celebrities and future celebrities who appeared as contestants included Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin and a pre-.