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Memorable Manitobans: Monte R. Halparin [Monty Hall] (1921-2017)


Born at Winnipeg on 25 August 1921, son of Maurice Harvey Halparin and Rose Rusen, he was educated at Lord Selkirk School, St. John’s High School, and the University of Manitoba (President of the Students’ Union, 1944). He began a life-long career in broadcasting at a Winnipeg radio station, moving to Toronto in 1946. On 28 September 1947, he married Marilyn Doreen Plottel of Toronto, at the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg. During the 1950s, after moving to the United States and adopting the stage name “Monty Hall,” he began hosting game shows. He later moved to California where he developed the wildly popular show Let’s Make a Deal that aired from 1963 to 1991. Throughout this period, he was active as a fundraiser for the children’s charity Variety Clubs International. In recognition of his community service, he was inducted into the Order of Canada (1988) and the Order of Manitoba (2003), and he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He died at Hollywood, California on 30 September 2017.


“Social and personal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1947, page 12.

Monty Hall, co-creator and host of ‘Let’s Make a Deal,’ dies at 96,” The New York Times, 30 September 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 December 2019

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