Monty Hall Dies: Let's Make A Deal Host, Co-Creator Was 96

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"Let's Make a Deal", which Hall co-created, debuted as a daytime show on NBC in 1963 and became a TV staple.

Born Aug. 25, 1921, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Hall majored in chemistry and zoology at the University of Manitoba but later took a much different career path.

Wherever and whenever the game show aired, its concept was a constant: Players, known as "traders", were given a moderate prize and offered the opportunity to trade it for an unknown prize.

Hall received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1973; and a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars in 2000.

There's something else you should know about him: He was the father of Joanna Gleason, the Tony Award-winning actress whose rendition of "Moments in the Woods", from the Sondheim musical Into the Woods, is a thing that will make your life better.

The game show grew to such popularity it gave rise to a well-known probability riddle that mathematicians dubbed "The Monty Hall Problem".

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], October 1: Iconic game-show host Monty Hall is no more.

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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.

"Do you want Door No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3?" had become the famous phrase of the game show, which had also allowed contestants to try their luck and winning a new auto.

"When you've been that sick, spent a year out of school, you identify with people who have these ailments and sicknesses", he told the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post in a 2003 interview.

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

In addition to his daughters, Hall is survived by his son, Richard; a brother, Robert Hall of Toronto, Canada, and five grandchildren. He lost his wife, Marilyn, this past June.

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