NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy birthday New Rochelle's Monty Hall.
The popular game show host turns 94 today.
The Canadian-American emcee, producer, singer and sportscaster, best known as the host of the television game show "Let's Make a Deal." He was born Monte Halparin on Aug. 25, 1921, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
He was raised in Winnipeg's north end, where he attended Lord Selkirk School and later St. John's High School. Hall graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba, where he majored in chemistry and zoology.
Hall started his career in Winnipeg in radio, moving to Toronto in 1946. Early in his career, Hall hosted game shows such as "Bingo at Home" on WABD-TV and guest-hosted more established game shows such as "Strike It Rich" on CBS.
He was the host/performer of two local New York City TV film shows for children: "Cowboy Theater" for WRCA (Channel 4) in 1956 and "Fun in the Morning" for WNEW (Channel 5) in the early 1960s. From 1956-60, along with NBC Radio newsman Morgan Beatty, Hall co-hosted the Saturday night segment of the NBC Radio Network weekend program "Monitor" from 8 p.m. until midnight.
After moving to Southern California, Hall was the host of the game show "Let's Make a Dea,l, which he developed and produced with partner Stefan Hatos. "Let's Make a Deal" aired on NBC daytime from Dec. 30, 1963, to Dec. 27, 1968, and on ABC daytime from Dec. 30, 1968, until July 9, 1976, along with two prime-time runs. It aired in syndication from 1971-77, from 1980-81, from 1984-86, and again on NBC briefly from 1990-91, replacing Bob Hilton, who had been dismissed. He was producer or executive producer of the show through most of its runs. During the show's initial run, Hall appeared alongside model Carol Merrill and announcer Jay Stewart.
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