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Carl Ballantine (September 27, 1917 – November 3, 2009), born Meyer Kessler, was an American magician, comedian and actor. Billing himself as "The Great Ballantine", "The Amazing Ballantine" or "Ballantine: The World's Greatest Magician", his vaudeville-style comedy routine involved transparent or incompetent stage magic tricks, which tended to flop and go "hilariously awry" to the wisecracking Ballantine's mock chagrin. He has been credited with creating comedy magic and has influenced both comics and magicians. Wikipedia

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Birth date: September 27, 1917, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Death date: November 3, 2009, Hollywood Hills, California, United States
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height:6' 2" (1.88 m)
Profession:Actor, Soundtrack
Spouse:Ceil Cabot (m. 1955–2000)
Children:Sara Ballantine, Molly Caliente Ballantine

About Carl Ballantine:

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1His last feature film was directed by his friend Richard Rossi, entitled Aimee Semple McPherson (2006). Rossi said, "Our friendship was the source of great times together at the Magic Castle and Hollywood jazz clubs and smoking Cuban cigars".
2Exempt from military service during World War II because of back trouble, he entertained troops in England.
3Performed his magic act for the last time at the "It's Magic" show at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood during the fall of 2008, broaching age 91.
4Loved to play the horses at Santa Anita racetrack.
5Once worked as a printer.
6Received a Lifetime Achievement Fellowship, from the Magic Castle in Hollywood in 2007. The honor was presented by Steve Martin.
7His fans included Steve Martin and David Copperfield.
8One-of-a-kind, he was billed as the incomparable Carl "The Amazing" Ballantine, the only magician who NEVER did a trick. Actually, in his early career, he did a manipulation act, but gave up real magic when he realized he could not be as good as some of his peers. However, he did become the first magician to headline in Las Vegas.
9Changed his name to Ballantine early in his career after he happened to spot a bottle of Ballantine whiskey in an advertisement and decided that the name of his magic act would be "Ballantine, the World's Greatest Magician".
10Inveterate smoker of Cuban stogies.
11Acting-wise, he is still best remembered for his co-starring role as sailor Lester Gruber of the PT 73 on the hit sitcom McHale's Navy (1962) starring Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway.
12Father of Sara Ballantine.
13In addition to being an actor, he was an accomplished magician.



Richard Rossi 5th Anniversary of Sister Aimee2013Realtor in China
Life's a Joke2009ShortDr. Bellum
Aimee Semple McPherson2006Realtor in China
Farewell to Harry2002Hickey
The Million Dollar Kid2000Lieutenant
Susan's Plan1998Harold Beyers
My Giant1998Rabbi
Spider-Man1996TV SeriesLenny Luntz
I Crave Rock & Roll1996Dewey Rose
Freakazoid!1995TV SeriesHuska
Oink1995ShortThe Doctor
Garfield and Friends1989-1992TV SeriesAl J. Swindler
Mr. Saturday Night1992Freddie
P.S.I. Luv U1991TV SeriesMo Hornsby
The New Adam-121991TV SeriesSasha Pearl
The Cosby Show1987TV SeriesThe Great Ballantine
What's Happening Now!1987TV SeriesMr. Higgins
Night Court1986TV SeriesPhilip Falcone
The Best of Times1986Arturo
Blacke's Magic1986TV Series
Double Trouble1984TV SeriesRollo the Great
Trapper John, M.D.1981-1984TV SeriesRoland Shulman / Clarence
Alice1982TV SeriesFreddy
Fantasy Island1981TV SeriesThe Great Zachariah
B.J. and the Bear1981TV SeriesMagician
Camp Grizzly1980TV MovieUncle Bernie
One in a Million1980TV SeriesMax Kellerman
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1979TV SeriesMonty the Hitman
Just You and Me, Kid1979Reinhoff the Remarkable
The North Avenue Irregulars1979Sam
CHiPs1978TV SeriesMarvello the Great
The World's Greatest Lover1977Uncle Harry
Laverne & Shirley1976TV SeriesLionel T. Zimmerman
How to Break Up a Happy Divorce1976TV MovieConductor
Revenge of the Cheerleaders1976Dr. Ivory
The Ghost Busters1975TV SeriesMerlin
When Things Were Rotten1975TV SeriesInnkeeper / The Waiter
The Fireman's Ball1975TV MovieAcropolis
The Girl Most Likely to...1973TV MovieDr. Hankin
Saga of Sonora1973TV MovieRingo
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury1972TV SeriesDoc Ellery
Love, American Style1969-1972TV SeriesChicken Little (segment "Love and the Newscasters") / Leo (segment "Love and the Shower")
The Partridge Family1971TV SeriesPitchman
The Virginian1971TV SeriesMatty Ryan
The Debbie Reynolds Show1970TV SeriesNewman
That's Life1969TV Series
The Queen and I1969TV SeriesBecker
I Dream of Jeannie1968TV SeriesCarl Tucker
Mayberry R.F.D.1968TV SeriesErnie
Premiere1968TV SeriesClaude
The Shakiest Gun in the West1968Abel Swanson
Speedway1968Birdie Kebner
Laredo1967TV SeriesLemuel Beamish
The Monkees1967TV SeriesHubbell Bensen
Penelope1966Boom Boom
That Girl1966TV SeriesArnold Lemming
McHale's Navy1962-1966TV SeriesLester Gruber
McHale's Navy1964Torpedoman Lester Gruber
Car 54, Where Are You?1961-1962TV SeriesAl Henderson
Shirley Temple's Storybook1960TV SeriesGonzorgo
Startime1960TV SeriesMerlin



The Garry Moore Show1958TV Series performer - 1 episode



McHale's Navy: The Crew Remembers2007Video shortHimself
American Masters1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Young at Heart Comedians1984TV SpecialHimself
The Magic of David Copperfield1978TV SpecialHimself
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHimself
Magic at the Roxy1976TV SpecialHimself
Dinah!1974TV SeriesHimself
ABC Late Night1973TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962-1973TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The David Frost Show1970-1972TV SeriesHimself
The Engelbert Humperdinck Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Kraft Music Hall1968-1969TV SeriesHimself
Silent Treatment1968DocumentaryHimself
The Dean Martin Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1964-1965TV SeriesHimself - Comic Magician / Himself - Comedian
The Danny Kaye Show1963TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1963TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1962-1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show1953-1962TV SeriesHimself / Magician / Comic Magician
The Mike Douglas Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Magician
Be Our Guest1960TV SeriesHimself
Startime1960TV SeriesHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1960TV SeriesHimself
The Garry Moore Show1958-1959TV SeriesHimself
The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams1959TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1959TV SeriesHimself - Comedian-Magician
Frankie Laine Time1955TV SeriesHimself
The Jackie Gleason Show1955TV SeriesHimself - Guest Comic Magician
The Blue Angel1954TV SeriesHimself
All Star Summer Revue1952TV SeriesHimself - Guest Comedic Magician / Himself - Guest Magician
The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter1950TV SeriesHimself
College of Musical Knowledge1950TV SeriesHimself - Comic Magician
Texaco Star Theatre1949TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Magician

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A Very Lovely Party2013Video documentary shortHimself (as Ballantine the World's Greatest Magishen)

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1Supposed tricks of magic, which always flop

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