Barris's first marriage, to Lynn Levy, ended in divorce.
Their daughter, Della, died of a drug and alcohol overdose in 1998. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Mary Clagett.
The questions were designed by the show's writers to elicit sexy answers. "They wanted a boy and a girl," he said in a 1992 interview with the Bay Area Radio Digest.
"They wanted the boy to do sports and the girl to do the dances and stuff that was going on in the Twin Cities -- very sexist -- and play music once a week." He hosted that show for two years before attending the University of Minnesota and doing a three-year stint in the Marines, according to the Bay Area Radio Museum.
The grinning, curly-haired Barris became a familiar face as creator and host of 'The Gong Show,' which aired from 1976 to 1980.