Monty Hall of 'Let's Make a Deal' has died

Monty Hall Dead

The news of his death was confirmed to the New York Times by his daughter, actress Joanna Gleason.

Born in Canada, Hall earned a college degree in zoology and biology but instead began his career in radio, moving to television in 1960. Hall hosted the show for 23 years until 1986, and for a short time in 1991.

In an interview, Hall said his philanthropy work was more important to him than his work in entertainment. The show drew good ratings even as it jumped from network to network and into syndication.

Hall would offer contestants a modest prize, then give them a chance to trade it for a mystery prize hidden by a curtain, stashed in a big box or concealed behind door No. 1, door No. 2 or door No. 3. 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.

The show's roots could be found in "The Auctioneer", a game show Hall hosted in Toronto in the 1950s.

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He joined with writer-producer Stefan Hatos to create "Let's Make a Deal". It has been reported that Hall appeared in over 4,500 episodes of the hit game show.

"It was much more exciting than the first 20 minutes of the show", he recalled. #montyhallWinnipeg's ambassador in Hollywood, @umanitoba alumni & host of "Let's Make a Deal" has left our stage. They devised "Let's Make a Deal" in which Hall picked people from the audience to become contestants in sort of a trading game.

However, Sharon Hall said Hall never refused an autograph and used his fame to help others.

Hall was also well known for his philanthropy and was honored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Variety Clubs International, according to IMDB.

Aside from the TV legacy that he left behind, the man is also survived by two daughters who continued on the same path as their father - TV executive Sharon Hall and Tony-award winning Gleason.

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