Let's Make a Deal game show host Monty Hall dies at 96

Nick Sanchez
October 2, 2017

Hall died of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday at the age of 96.

Monty was inducted into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame back in 2007. Hall recalled the time a live elephant was employed for one of the booby prizes. He began his show business career on CKRC radio in Winnipeg, and moved to Toronto in 1946, where he worked on CHUM radio and changed his name to Hall. The show drew good ratings even as it jumped from network to network and into syndication.

Students are asked: "In guessing which of three doors might hide a prize auto, and after one is eliminated as a possibility, should you switch your choice to the one you didn't pick?" His life and legacy is a blessing to people everywhere #LMADRIP Monty Hall Let's just pray he picked the right doorBTW a lovely man and, briefly, an excellent hockey announcer for The New York Rangers https://t.co/0wRMGBdtmaRIP Monty Hall. He also started hosting game shows like Strike It Rich and Twenty-One. Wayne Brady has hosted the latest incarnation of the show on CBS since 2009. Hall also made appearances on TV shows including "That '70s Show" and "Good Morning America". "The Auctioneer" was a "pretty pedestrian" program until the concluding 10 minutes, when he would barter with audience members, Hall told the Daily Herald of suburban Chicago in 2000.

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 the end, Monty Hall said that he wanted to be remembered for helping people rather than his celebrity status.

Hall was also well known for his philanthropy and was honored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Variety Clubs International, according to IMDB. He lost his wife, Marilyn, this past June. She died earlier this year.

Hall is survived by his three children, including actress Joanna Gleason and TV producers Sharon Hall Kessler and Richard Hall.

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