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'Let's Make a Deal' host Monty Hall dead at 96

'Let's Make a Deal' host Monty Hall dead at 96

Monty Hall who is popularly known as the host and co-creator of the game show named "Let's Make a Deal" has died on Saturday.

Born on August 25, 1921, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, young Monte Halperin was a theater kid through-and-through.

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

He earned a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1973. He later hosted game shows on WABD-TV and eventually moved to NY City to work on CBS and NBC.

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In the early 1960s, he was developing game shows and joined forces with TV veteran Stefan Hatos. Wayne Brady took over as host of the most recent version of the show in 2009.

Moving to NY in 1955, he joined forces with writer-producer Stefan Hatos, and the two created the show that would make his name.

In 1991, the New York Times published an article about what became known as "the Monty Hall problem" - a probability puzzle hotly debated by mathematicians centering on the advisability of switching choices when given options like those on his show.

"It was much more exciting than the first 20 minutes of the show", he recalled.

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Hall was involved in Let's Make a Deal to the end, both an owner of the show and an occasional guest.

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

The long-time host was also well-known for his charity work, including work with Variety Clubs International and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He lost his wife, Marilyn, this past June. He is survived by his three children: actress Joanna Gleason, TV exec Sharon Hall Kessler and TV producer Richard Hall; a brother and five grandchildren.

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