United States game show icon Monty Hall dead at 96

Monty Hall Dead

He moved to Los Angeles after earning a spot as a host of a failed game show in 1960, but three years later teamed up with that show's creator, Stefan Hatos, to create and produce "Let's Make a Deal". Interviewed in 2013, he gave Wayne Brady, his successor as host, his seal of approval.

Television personality Monty Hall arrives at the 2nd Annual Rebels With A Cause Gala at Paramount Studios on March 20, 2014 in Hollywood, California. This breaking news comes from the game show icon's daughter, Sharon Hall.

But Monty Hall managed, always, to seem an advocate for the hapless contestant, even though he represented the show's producers' ruthless thirst for spectacle, for comeuppance.

But it'll forever be Let's Make A Deal, which debuted in December of 1963, that is Monty Hall's legacy. He was denied entry to medical school, Hall later said, because he was Jewish and faced quotas limiting the admission of minority students.

In fact, the term "Come on down" was given new meaning thanks to Hall. In the end, Monty Hall said that he wanted to be remembered for helping people rather than his celebrity status. He hosted several, over the course of his career, but Let's Make a Deal is what injected him into the cultural ether.

At age 7, he was severely burned by a pot of boiling water and endured a lengthy recovery.

Using his wealth and fame to help others, he raised millions for charity over his lifetime, saying "when you grow up poor, you identify with people in need". Wards were named in his honor at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia and other medical centers. She died earlier this year.

Hall, who began life as a member of the Halparin clan, is survived by Sharon, a television honcho at Alcon Entertainment, actress Joanna Gleason, and TV writer/director Richard Hall.