Host of the dating game tv show
Game Show by Chuck Barris Productions which debuted on ABC in 1965 with host Jim Lange.
It was the first game show to enter Reality TV territory, in that the winning couple actually went on a date after the show.
The Dating Game was hosted by Jim Lange from its debut on ABC until the late 1970s syndicated series went off the air.
The 1986 revival was originally hosted by comedienne Elaine Joyce, who was replaced by Jeff Mac Gregor after its first season.
(He remains in prison in California.) While Alcala’s body count is unknown, police estimate the now-73-year-old man killed at least dozens of women, with some counts running as high as 130 – and there are still over 100 photographs of unidentified women who may have been his victims.
The pre-stardom Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Lindsay Wagner, Tom Selleck and Lee Majors appeared as "contestants" on the show in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Other contestants who appeared in their unknown or pre-stardom eras included The Carpenters, Jackson Bostwick, Joanna Cameron, Andy Kaufman (who went under the name Baji Kimran), Steve Martin, Burt Reynolds, John Ritter, Phil Hartman, Jennifer Granholm (Governor of Michigan from 2003-2010), the actor Jay North, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Tom Selleck (who went on the show twice but was not chosen as a "date" either time).
The future Federal Judge Alex Kozinski appeared on it and was selected as a "date". Some contestants appeared even after they were fairly well known, including a young Michael Jackson, Ron Howard, Maureen Mc Cormick, Barry Williams, Sally Field, Richard Dawson, and Paul Lynde.
One standard trademark was that at the end of each episode, the host and winning contestants would blow a kiss to the viewers.
Syndicated revivals were moderated by Elaine Joyce, Jeff Mac Gregor, Brad Sherwood, and Chuck Woolery.