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

Monty Hall Dead

Monty Hall, the renowned television game show host and co-creator of the long-running "Let's Make a Deal" program died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills of heart failure, his daughter, Tony Award victor Joanna Gleason, announced. He was 96 and died at home.

Hall died from the f heart failure on Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif, his daughter Sharon said.

The show ended its daytime run in 1975 after almost 5,000 episodes. Contestants in outrageous costumes try to guess prices and see "what's behind Door No. 1 on the show", a line that bled into the popular culture. Hall is on record for hosting 4,700 episodes from 1963 to 1991.

Monty Hall agreed to the stipulations and kept a friendship with the man over the years that changed his life and never revealed who he was publicly. "And as a philanthropist- having used his fame to raise close to a billion dollars for charitable causes".




Hall then began to host game shows, such as "Split Second", "Masquerade Party" and "Beat the Clock", before he hit it big on "Let's Make a Deal". But occasionally, a guest would be "zonked", in the show's parlance, and wind up with cottage cheese or some other minor prize. In 1988, Hall, who was born in Canada, was named to the Order of Canada by that country's government in recognition of the millions he had raised for numerous charities. 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. After working in radio in Canada, he came to the United States in 1955. It has been back on the air since 2009 on CBS, with a different host.

Our thoughts are with Monty's family during this time.

Hall's wife, Marilyn, died last June.

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