“Let’s Make a Deal” Host Monty Hall Dies

Game show host Monty Hall died September 30 as a result of heart failure in his Beverly Hills home at the age of 96.

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In an era when the morning television hours were given over to game shows, Monty Hall joined forces with Stefan Hatos and created a fun show where contestants dress up in a variety of costumes to attract attention. If chosen they would trade an item for whatever was behind one of the curtains of their choosing. The show aired in 1963 and ran for forty years in a variety of formats – morning game show, prime time, and syndicated.

Hall is best known for being the host of the game show “Let’s Make a Deal”; he was also a producer and actor.

Hall produced the television series “Your First Impression”, seven episodes of “Chain Letter”, “Talking Pictures”, “Split Second”, “Masquerade Party”, three episodes of “The McLean Stevenson Show”, “It’s Anybody’s Guess”, and “Let’s Make a Deal”.

As an actor he appeared in “The Little Revue”, “Floor Show”, “Matinee Party”, “That Girl”, the television movie “Lil Abner”, “Love, American Style”, The Love Boat”, “The Courage and the Passion”, “The Nanny”, “Providence”, and “That 70’s Show”.

Hall made dozens of appearances as himself as a host and emcee, a panelist on game shows, variety shows, “The Monty Hall Smokin-Stokin’ Fire Brigade”, the animated sit-com “Wait Till Your Father Gets Home”, two episodes of “The Odd Couple”, “Lights, Camea, Monty!”, documentaries, “The Wonder Years”, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, late night talk shows, award shows, and celebrity tributes.

Not just a fast talking game show host who made deals, Hall was passionate about helping others and spent a good bit of each year helping to raise money. Daughter Sharon guesses that he has raised a billion dollars in his lifetime.

Being recognized for his philanthropic endeavours, Hall has been awarded the Orders of Canada and Manitoba, the International Humanitarian Award from the Variety Clubs, and has had wards at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, John’s Hopkins and Hanemann University Hospital in Philadelphia named in his honour. Hall has been inducted into the National Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame, and Canada’s Walk of Fame.

He was born Monty Halparin on August 25, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba the son of a butcher and a teacher. Originally planning on becoming a doctor, Hall turned his hand to entertaining when he did not get accepted to medical school.

Hall’s entertainment career began on radio in his native Canada. He later moved to the U.S. Where he made the move to television.

Predeceased by his wife of 70 years Marilyn; Hall is survived by his children Sharon, Joanna, and Richard; brother Robert; and five grandchildren.

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