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'Let's Make A Deal' Host Monty Hall Dies At 96

'Let's Make A Deal' Host Monty Hall Dies At 96

Hall recalled the time a live elephant was employed for one of the booby prizes.

Contestants were chosen from the studio audience - outlandishly dressed as animals, clowns or cartoon characters to attract the host's attention - and would start the game by trading an item of their own for a prize. Though CBS credited Hall's Production for the show and Hall continued to contribute as a creative consultant and co-creator of the format.

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

The show aired with Hall as host until 1976 and for years in syndication. Interviewed in 2013, he gave Wayne Brady, his successor as host, his seal of approval.

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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.

The late TV presenter also created and produced the show, along with Stefan Hatos. He was a member of the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame. But the enduring, mystifying appeal of Hall was how much, how deeply, the contestants loved him, even though they shouldn't have: He was a resident trickster god, a double-agent, always working against them to ensure the show would land, would have stakes, would get people talking.

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

Hall and his wife, Marilyn Plottel, married in 1947.


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