'Let's Make a Deal' host Monty Hall has died aged 96

Posted October 02, 2017

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.

While Hall hosted shows prior to Let's Make A Deal, it was his collaboration with creative partner Stefan Hatos that led to the creation of Let's Make A Deal and his biggest success.

Hall was born Maurice Halperin in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on August 25, 1921.

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

Hall has stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Canada's Walk of Fame and the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars, and he received a lifetime achievement award from the Daytime Emmy Awards.

The so-called "Monty Hall problem" - a probability puzzle about switching choices when faced with "Let's Make a Deal"-style options - was featured in the 2008 Kevin Spacey film "21".

A daughter, Joanna Gleason, confirmed his death.

Hall remained involved in Let's Make a Deal to the end, as an owner of the show and an occasional guest. Although he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and zoology from the University of Manitoba, it was the applause from college musicals that piqued his interest in acting and singing.

Hall recalled in a 2013 interview that when the show began, audience members arrived buttoned down in formal suits and dresses. Hall also made appearances on TV shows including "That '70s Show" and "Good Morning America".

Let's Make a Deal is infamously known for the insane costumes audience members wore to get Monty's attention.

In fact, the term "Come on down" was given new meaning thanks to Hall. He hosted several, over the course of his career, but Let's Make a Deal is what injected him into the cultural ether. He was known for charity work for organizations including Variety Clubs International, which raised money for disadvantaged children. He lost his wife, Marilyn, this past June.

In addition to Gleason, Hall is survived by daughter Sharon Hall and son Richard; a brother Robert Hall; and five grandchildren.