Monty Hall

Canadian radio and television show host (1921-2017)

Monte Halparin, OC, OM (August 25, 1921 – September 30, 2017), known as Monty Hall, was a Canadian television producer, actor, singer, comedian, and sportscaster. He was best known as host of the television game show Let's Make a Deal.[1]

Monty Hall
Monty Hall in the 1970s
Monte Halparin[1]

(1921-08-25)August 25, 1921
DiedSeptember 30, 2017(2017-09-30) (aged 96)
Occupation(s)Game show host, actor, producer, singer, sportscaster
Years active1953–2017
Spouse(s)Marilyn Plottel
(m. September 28, 1947–June 5, 2017; her death)[1]

Early life


Hall was born Monte Halparin in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 25, 1921.[2] He studied at St. John's High School.[3]

The Monty Hall problem


Since Hall was on Let's Make a Deal, Hall's name is used in a probability puzzle known as the "Monty Hall problem", which 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.[4]

Personal life


Monty married Marilyn Plottel in 1947. They had three children. Plottel died on June 5, 2017.[5]

On September 30, 2017, Hall died from heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 96.[6][7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Monty Hall; Bill Libby (1973). Emcee Monty Hall. New York: Grosset & Dunlap. ISBN 0-448-01551-X. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  2. Knelman, Martin (October 7, 2009). "How Monty Hall made a deal with fame". The Star. Toronto. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  3. "St. John's High School hits 100". CBC News. June 18, 2010.
  4. Tierney, John (July 21, 1991). "Behind Monty Hall's Doors: Puzzle, Debate and Answer?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-26.
  5. Marilyn Hall Dies: Emmy-Winning TV Producer & Wife Of Monty Hall Was 90
  6. "Let's Make A Deal' host Monty Hall dead at 96". Fox News. September 30, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  7. Nyren, Erin (September 30, 2017). "Monty Hall, Host of 'Let's Make A Deal,' Dies at 96". Variety. Retrieved September 30, 2017.

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