Monty Hall, Iconic Let's Make a Deal Host, Dead at 96

Kelvin Reese
October 2, 2017

He has died at the age of 96.

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

Hall first appeared on the game show "Keep Talking" in 1958 and in 1963 and went on to develop "Let's make a Deal", a unique game show that involved contestants wearing insane costumes to seek the host's attention.Hall co-produced the money spinner with the help of a business partner and the game mechanism garnered instant success. The Canadian-born actor eventually changed his name to Monty Hall and also guest starred on many TV series, ranging from "The Odd Couple" to "The Wonder Years".

The family of Monty Hall estimates that the entertainer raised almost a billion dollars over the years for various charities. It has been reported that Hall appeared in over 4,500 episodes of the hit game show. But you know the law in game shows - if you go on a show and you win a donkey, that's your prize. Hall also made appearances on TV shows including "That '70s Show" and "Good Morning America".

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Television personality Monty Hall arrives at the 2nd Annual Rebels With A Cause Gala at Paramount Studios on March 20, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Other shows created and hosted by Hall include "Split Second", "Chain Letter" and "It's Anybody's Guess". In the end, Monty Hall said that he wanted to be remembered for helping people rather than his celebrity status. 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 re-invented the catch phrase when announcing who would compete next on Let's Make A Deal.

Hall, who began life as a member of the Halparin clan, is survived by Sharon, a television honcho at Alcon Entertainment, actress Joanna Gleason, and TV writer/director Richard Hall.

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