Their daughter, Della, died of a drug and alcohol overdose in 1998. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Mary Clagett.
The news came just as ABC is set to reboot the Gong Show, with Will Arnett as host.
As he was at the county jail being cleaned, he escapes and goes on a rampage through the forest to try to escape from the sheriffs who want to kill him.
Then, as Rambo's commanding officer, Colonel Samuel Trautman tries to save both the Sheriff's department and Rambo before the situation gets out of hand.
The creator of such lowbrow but sometimes amusing TV shows as "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" and the creator and host of "The Gong Show" was living a quiet life in Rockland County, New York. It has been 15 years since "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," the movie loosely based on his "unauthorized autobiography" came out, and decades since the sale of his TV production company made him a centi-millionaire. Raised in a moderately well-off Jewish family in Philadelphia, Barris's first interest was in music.