'Let's Make a Deal' host Monty Hall passes away at 96

Emilio Banks
October 2, 2017

His daughter Joanna Gleason confirmed the tragic news and added that he died of heart failure.

Born Monty Halparin in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada, Hall grew up during the Depression.

Moving to NY in 1955, he joined forces with writer-producer Stefan Hatos, and the two created the show that would make his name.

The highlight was when a contestant was offered a choice of prizes hidden behind one of three on-stage doors - "door number one, door number two or door number three" became a national catch phrase. He first tested his skills on radio and, after moving to NY in 1955 and later to Los Angeles, began working on a variety of television shows.

Hall eventually moved on to host network game shows such as "Split Second", "Masquerade Party" and "Beat the Clock", but it was "Let's Make a Deal" that made him a household name. A legend. Let's hope he's emceeing game shows in heaven.

Report: “Let's Make a Deal” host Monty Hall passes away at 96
The face of one of the most iconic game shows of all time passes away at 96

"It was much more exciting than the first 20 minutes of the show", he recalled. He re-invented the catch phrase when announcing who would compete next on Let's Make A Deal. In the end, Monty Hall said that he wanted to be remembered for helping people rather than his celebrity status.

Hallmarks of Let's Make A Deal quickly struck a chord: The audience always donned quirky costumes to draw attention for a possible chance to participate in the game.

"In 1 percent of the cases, they didn't", Hall said.

The long-time host was also well-known for his charity work, including work with Variety Clubs International and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Wards were named in his honor at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia and other medical centers.

In 1947, Hall married his wife, Marilyn, who became an Emmy Award-winning producer. She died earlier this year.

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