Famed game show host Monty Hall, who was the face and creator of Let’s Make a Deal, died at his Beverly Hills home on Saturday
Famed game show host Monty Hall, who was the face and creator of Let’s Make a Deal, died at his Beverly Hills home on Saturday.
He was 96 years old.
His daughter, Joanna Gleason, confirmed his death, telling The New York Times that he suffered heart failure.
Let’s Make a Deal premiered in 1963 and has continued its successful run largely uninterrupted up to present day.
Hall hosted various game shows and other programs in his early career until he developed Let’s Make a Deal with creative partner Stefan Hatos.
The show became legendary for its audience members dressing up in outlandish costumes in order to attract Hall’s attention in the hopes of being given the opportunity to win big.
Hall and Hatos produced several other game shows under their production company through the ’70s and ’80s.
Let’s Make a Deal premiered in 1963 and has continued its successful run largely uninterrupted up to present day. Hall is seen hosting an episode that was filmed on December 10, 1968
Hall continued to host Let’s Make a Deal for almost all of its 5,000 episodes, as it traversed from NBC, to ABC, and finally nighttime syndication.
The show was revived by CBS in 2009 with host Wayne Brady, and continues to air.
The show became so popular in pop culture that it spawned ‘the Monty Hall Problem,’ a thought experiment in probability that involves three doors, two goats, and a prize.
Hall received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1973, and, as a Canadian native, was named to the Order of Canada in 1988.
He is survived by three children, including actresss Joanna Gleason, who confirmed his death.