Monty Hall, Host Of "Let's Make A Deal", Dead At 96

Posted October 02, 2017

Multiple media outlets reported that Hall, 96, passed away in Beverly Hills Saturday.

Born in 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to an Orthodox Jewish family that owned a slaughterhouse, Halparin graduated with a BS in chemistry and zoology from the University of Manitoba. The story the show sold you was that audience members wore costumes to attract Hall's attention - but everyone was dressed as a chicken, or a clown, or a cowboy.

The show's initial run included more than 5,000 episodes on NBC, ABC and in syndication before it first went off the air in 1976.

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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. But bitten by the stage bug thanks to appearances in student shows, he left for NY. Wayne Brady has hosted the latest incarnation of the show on CBS since 2009.

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

Bob Hilton became host of the show in 1990 with Billy Bush taking over in 2003. 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". #montyhallWinnipeg's ambassador in Hollywood, @umanitoba alumni & host of "Let's Make a Deal" has left our stage.

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However, Sharon Hall said Hall never refused an autograph and used his fame to help others.

At age 7, he was severely burned by a pot of boiling water and endured a lengthy recovery.

The long-time host was also well-known for his charity work, including work with Variety Clubs International and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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He is survived by two daughters - Broadway and TV actress Joanna Gleason and Sharon Hall - his son Richard, brother Robert Hall and five grandchildren. He lost his wife, Marilyn, this past June.