Monty Hall, the iconic host and co-creator of Let’s Make a Deal has died. He was 96. Hall passed away at his home in Beverly Hills, California earlier today.
The game show premiered in 1963 and has been on TV almost ever since (now hosted by Wayne Brady.)
Monty was born Monte Halparin in Winnipeg, Canada and began his career in radio in 1946.
He receieved a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 1973 and was one of the first inductees into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame in Las Vegas in 2007.
Monty was married to his wife Marilyn for 70 years before she died earlier this year.
According to Wikipedia, his name is used in a probability puzzle known as the “Monty Hall problem” involving three doors. The puzzle examines the counter-intuitive effect of switching one’s choice of doors, one of which hides a prize, if “Monty” reveals an unwanted item behind a door the player did not choose (contestants who switch have a 2/3 chance of winning, while contestants who stick to their choice have only a 1/3 chance).
Hall pointed out that because he had control over the way the game progressed, playing on the psychology of the contestant, the theoretical solution did not apply to the show’s actual gameplay.
Monty leaves behind 3 children, including daughter, actress Joanna Gleason.
Take a look at the pilot episode of Let’s Make A Deal below: