Monty Hall, the renowned television game show host and co-creator of the long-running “Let’s Make a Deal” program died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills of heart failure, his daughter, Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason, announced.

Hall — a Canadian born Maurice Halperin in Winnipeg, Manitoba — was 96.

The game show host began his career in regional television in the 1950s and early in the 60s on several television shows, including “Cowboy Theater,” “Fun in the Morning,” and “Video Village,” according to the website IMDB.

Hall then began to host game shows, such as “Split Second,” “Masquerade Party” and “Beat the Clock,” before he hit it big on “Let’s Make a Deal.”

The Game Show Network ranked Hall fourth on their list of the Top 10 Game Show Hosts of all Time, according to IMDB.

Hall was inducted in the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame in 2007. Other inductees included Peter Marshall, Wink Martindale and Hugh Downs. Hall had a couple of streets named in his honor in Cathedral City and in Winnipeg.

Hall was also well known for his philanthropy and was honored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Variety Clubs International, according to IMDB. He was elected President of Variety Clubs International in 1975.

Hall is survived by three children, Joanna, Sharon and Richard, as well as five grandchildren. His longtime wife, Marilyn Hall, died in June.

— City News Service

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