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

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

Hall would host the popular game show until 1986.

Members of his audiences, dressed as clowns, playing cards or giant tomatoes, would shriek "Monty, Monty, Monty!" as they tried to convince Hall to give them a chance to win a washing machine or a new Cadillac.

The CBS Daytime Family mourns the loss of television legend Monty Hall.

"Let's Make a Deal" was adapted in India as "Khullja Sim Sim", which was hosted by Aman Verma. Or it could be a "Zonk" - an undesirable prize like a live animal or fake money.

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

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Born Monte Halparin in Winnipeg, Canada, Hall rose to fame in 1963 with the widespread success of the game show.

The show's initial run included more than 5,000 episodes on NBC, ABC and in syndication before it first went off the air in 1976. She won a Tony in 1988 for best actress in a musical for "Into the Woods" and was nominated for Tonys two other times. But bitten by the stage bug thanks to appearances in student shows, he left for NY.

In the early 1960s, he was developing game shows and joined forces with TV veteran Stefan Hatos.

The show's roots could be found in "The Auctioneer", a game show Hall hosted in Toronto in the 1950s. The tradition of zany costumes evolved as the show continued, and contestants vied in more absurd fashion to attract Hall's attention. Hall was repeatedly honored for his charity efforts, which he truly wanted to be remembered for, with awards including the Order of Canada, Order of Manitoba and Variety Clubs International's Humanitarian Award. He is survived by their children, Joanna, Sharon and Richard.

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

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