Monty Hall, former host of 'Let's Make a Deal,' dead at 96

Let's Make a Deal host Monty Hall dies

One of television's most entertaining game show hosts, Monty Hall, né Monte Halparin, died on Yom Kippur-Saturday from heart failure at age 96 in his Beverly Hills home.

"Hall was known all over the world for being the cheerful and friendly #Game Show host of "#Let's Make a Deal".

Hall was born Maurice Halperin in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on August 25, 1921.

A probability brain teaser was named after the game-show host.

There's something else you should know about him: He was the father of Joanna Gleason, the Tony Award-winning actress whose rendition of "Moments in the Woods", from the Sondheim musical Into the Woods, is a thing that will make your life better.

Hall began his TV career in the 1950s hosting a series of children and game shows.

In the early 1960s, he was developing game shows and joined forces with TV veteran Stefan Hatos.

In 2009, Wayne Brady took the title and has remained as the host.

Other shows created and hosted by Hall include "Split Second", "Chain Letter" and "It's Anybody's Guess". But bitten by the stage bug thanks to appearances in student shows, he left for NY.

"It was much more exciting than the first 20 minutes of the show", he recalled.

When a People magazine interviewer suggested in 1996 that "Let's Make a Deal" would be his epitaph, Hall replied, with a wince: "You put that on my tombstone, and I'll kill you". Let's Make a Deal with Monty Hall aired on NBC from December 1963 to December 1968, and on ABC from December 1968 until July 1976, and then on NBC from 1990 to 1991. He was a member of the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame. Hall was repeatedly honored for his charity efforts, which he truly wanted to be remembered for, with awards including the Order of Canada, Order of Manitoba and Variety Clubs International's Humanitarian Award.

He is survived by two daughters, a son, a brother and 5 grandchildren.

Hall and his wife, Marilyn Plottel, married in 1947.

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