Monty Hall, the genial host and co-creator of “Let’s Make a Deal,” the game show on which contestants in outlandish costumes shriek and leap at the chance to see if they will win the big prize or the booby prize behind door No. 3, died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday. He was 96.
Monty Hall, was a Canadian-American game show host and producer, best known as the long-running host of Let’s Make a Deal.
Hall was born as Monte Halparin in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 25, 1921 to Orthodox Jewish parents, Maurice Harvey Halparin,who owned a slaughterhouse, and Rose He was raised in Winnipeg’s north end, where he attended Lord Selkirk School (Elmwood, Winnipeg), and, later St. John’s High School.
Hall graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba, where he majored in chemistry and zoology!
Hall’s daughter Sharon said her father died of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.
“Let’s Make a Deal” debuted as a daytime show on NBC in 1963 and became a TV staple. Through the next four decades, it also aired in prime time, in syndication and, in two brief outings, with hosts other than Hall at the helm.
After five years on NBC, “Let’s Make a Deal” moved to ABC in 1968 and aired on the network through 1976, including prime-time stints. It went into syndication in the 1970s and 1980s, returning to NBC in 1990-91 and again in 2003.
His name and show remain part of the language. Typical is the quotation in a 2006 Daytona Beach (Florida) News-Journal profile of a no-nonsense bail bondswoman who says, “I’m not Monty Hall and this isn’t `Let’s Make a Deal.’ ”
Hall also guest-starred in sitcoms and appeared in TV commercials. And with the wealth that the game show brought, he made philanthropy and fundraising his avocation. He spent 200 days a year at it, he said, estimating in the late 1990s that he had coaxed $700 million from donors.
His daughter Sharon estimated that Hall managed to raise nearly $1 billion for charity over his lifetime.
He will be sorely missed!
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