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


Hall first appeared on the game show "Keep Talking" in 1958 and in 1963 and went on to develop "Let's make a Deal", a unique game show that involved contestants wearing insane costumes to seek the host's attention.Hall co-produced the money spinner with the help of a business partner and the game mechanism garnered instant success.

Monty Hall was born in Winnipeg, Canada on August 25th, 1921 as Maurice Halperin.

The show was remade in India - popularly known as "Khullja Sim Sim", which was hosted by Aman Verma and subsequently, Hussain Kuwajerwala.

He earned a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1973.

Hall's career began in radio in the late 1940's and moved to various hosting game show gigs in local television markets.

Hall said the correct answer was yes - take the switch - but only if the host can not skew the results.

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"He's making it his show", Hall said of Brady in a 2013 interview. 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.

"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.

While Hall was the unquestioned master of ceremonies, the real stars of "Let's Make a Deal" were the thousands of frantic, exuberant and impressively festooned contestants he plucked from the audience. But it was Hall who was lastingly identified as "TV's big dealer", as the show put it, something he found at least mildly disconcerting.

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

Hall was also well known for his philanthropy and was honored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Variety Clubs International, according to IMDB. He is survived by their children, Joanna, Sharon and Richard.