‘Let’s Make a Deal’ Game Show Host Monty Hall Dead at Age 96
By Fox News // October 1, 2017
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(FOX NEWS) – Monty Hall, best known as the co-creator and host of the game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” died Saturday. He was 96.
Hall’s daughter Sharon said her father died of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.
“Let’s Make a Deal” debuted as a daytime show on NBC in 1963 and became a TV staple. Through the next four decades, it also aired in prime time, in syndication and, in two brief outings, with hosts other than Hall at the helm.
An episode of “The Odd Couple” featured Felix Unger (Tony Randall) and Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman) as bickering guests on Hall’s program.
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. After that, it was matter of swapping the prize in hand for others hidden behind doors, curtains or in boxes, presided over by the leggy, smiling Carol Merrill.
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