BREAKING: One Of America’s All Time FAVORITE Entertainers DEAD At 96

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Legendary game show host Monty Hall, best known as the co-creator and host of “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.

She said he was the best dad in the world and called her everyday to see how she was doing.

Born Monte Halparin in Winnipeg, Canada to Orthodox Jewish parents, Hall shot to fame in 1963 when he and a business partner developed and produced “Let’s Make a Deal.”

“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, Fox News reports.

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 3 doors, curtains or in boxes, presided over by the leggy, smiling Carol Merrill.

The question “Do you want Door No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3?” became a popular catch phrase, and the chance of winning a new car a matter of primal urgency. Prizes could be a car or a mink coat or a worthless item dubbed a “zonk.”

The energetic, quick-thinking Hall, a sight himself with his sideburns and colorful sports coats, was deemed the perfect host in Alex McNeil’s reference book, “Total Television.”

“Monty kept the show moving while he treated the outrageously garbed and occasionally greedy contestants courteously; it is hard to imagine anyone else but Hall working the trading area as smoothly,” McNeil wrote.

For Hall, the interaction was easy.

After five years on NBC, “Let’s Make a Deal” moved to ABC in 1968 and aired on the network through 1976, including prime-time stints. It went into syndication in the 1970s and 1980s, returning to NBC in 1990-91 and again in 2003.

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He was widowed in June when his wife, Marilyn Hall, died at age 90. The two were married for 69 years, Daily News reports.

In his private life, Hall was known for his work on behalf of numerous charities. He got a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 1973, and in 1988 was named to the Order of Canada in recognition of his philanthropy.

He is survived by his daughters Joanna Gleason, a well-known actress, and Sharon Hall, a top TV executive, as well as his son Richard Hall, a TV producer who won an Emmy for “The Amazing Race.”

Well, I will say that I grew up in the 60’s (what a beautiful era in America) and I LOVED that show!

We send our thoughts, prayers and condolences out to his family, friends and fans.

Thank you for the great memories and may you rest in peace my brother.

God Bless.

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