Game show host, writer and possible CIA assassin, Chuck Barris--played by Sam Rockwell in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind--has died at age 87. From the New York Times:

Mr. Barris died of natural causes, said Paul Shefrin, his publicist, according to The Associated Press.

[...] The book [Confessions] got only a smattering of attention, but it caught some eyes in Hollywood, and in 2003, after many delays, a film version came out, directed by George Clooney and starring Sam Rockwell as Mr. Barris. (Charlie Kaufman wrote the screenplay, embellishing Mr. Barris’s tale.) The film brought Mr. Barris, by now in his 70s, a fresh round of attention and endless variations on the obvious question: Was it true? Mr. Barris generally played coy, delivering elliptical answers that neither confirmed nor denied. The C.I.A. was more direct: various spokesmen said Mr. Barris had had nothing to do with the agency. (Source)

 

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