Former 'Let's Make a Deal' host Monty Hall dies at 96

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Television icon and host, Monty Hall, the co-creator of Let's Make a Deal, died of heart failure on Saturday at the age of 96.

Monty Hall at the "Game Show Networks 2003 Winter TCA Tour" at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, Ca. Hall famously at the end of each episode tempted contestants with the "Big Deal" option of choosing a prize package hidden behind "Door No. 1, Door No. 2 or Door No. 3".

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The Game Show Network ranked Hall fourth on its list of the "Top 10 Game Show Hosts of All Time", according to IMDB. It first premiered as part of NBC's daytime line-up before moving to ABC in 1968, where it continued through 1976. The show was eventually revived with host Wayne Brady in 2009, with Hall putting in occasional guest appearances.

Hall was born Maurice Halperin in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on August 25, 1921.

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His three children - all of whom work in show business both in front of the camera and behind it - survive Hall and carry on his and Marilyn's legacy in Hollywood.

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