Monty Hall, the friendly and engaging host of the long-running television game show "Let's Make a Deal", has died. He suffered a heart attack in June shortly after his wife of nearly 70 years died, and had been ill ever since.
Hall was born in Canada on August 25, 1921.
Hall remained involved in Let's Make a Deal to the end, as an owner of the show and an occasional guest. The Los Angeles Times reports that the cheerful and friendly host passed away on Saturday morning after suffering a heart attack back in June at the age of 96. Hall recalled the time a live elephant was employed for one of the booby prizes.
In the early 1960s, he was developing game shows and joined forces with TV veteran Stefan Hatos.
Hall got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1973. It has been reported that Hall appeared in over 4,500 episodes of the hit game show.
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"Let's Make a Deal" is also known for audience members, who dress up in outrageous or insane costumes in order to increase their chances of being selected as a trader. He hosted several, over the course of his career, but Let's Make a Deal is what injected him into the cultural ether.
Hall was repeatedly honored for his charity efforts, with awards including the Order of Canada, Order of Manitoba and Variety Clubs International's Humanitarian Award.
McNeil wrote: "Monty kept the show moving while he treated the outrageously garbed and occasionally greedy contestants courteously; it is hard to imagine anyone else but Hall working the trading area as smoothly".
Hall, who began life as a member of the Halparin clan, is survived by Sharon, a television honcho at Alcon Entertainment, actress Joanna Gleason, and TV writer/director Richard Hall.
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