Carl Ballantine (I) (1917–2009)

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Part of the motley crew commandeered by Ernest Borgnine on the popular 1960s TV series McHale's Navy (1962), tall, gangly, beady-eyed, bulb-nosed comic actor Carl Ballantine was better known in other ports as the ultimate "magician". Billed as "The Amazing Ballantine," "The Great Ballantine" and "Ballantine: The World's Greatest Magician" during ... See full bio »

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Love, American Style Chicken Little (segment "Love and the Newscasters") / Leo (segment "Love and the Shower")
McHale's Navy Torpedoman Lester Gruber


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 2018 Sister Aimee 10th Anniversary
Realtor in China
 2009 Life's a Joke (Short)
Dr. Bellum
 2006 Aimee Semple McPherson
Realtor in China
 2002 Farewell to Harry
 2000 The Million Dollar Kid
 1998 Susan's Plan
Harold Beyers
 1998 My Giant
 1996 Spider-Man: The Animated Series (TV Series)
Lenny Luntz
- Sins of the Fathers Chapter 13: Goblin War! (1996) ... Lenny Luntz (voice)
 1996 I Crave Rock & Roll
Dewey Rose
 1995 Oink (Short)
The Doctor
 1989-1992 Garfield and Friends (TV Series)
Al J. Swindler
- Lemon Aid/U.S. Acres: Hog Noon/Video Airlines (1989) ... Al J. Swindler (voice, as Carl Ballentine)
- The Mail Animal/U.S. Acres: Peanut-Brained Rooster/Mummy Dearest (1989) ... (voice, as Carl Ballentine)
 1992 Mr. Saturday Night
 1991 P.S.I. Luv U (TV Series)
Mo Hornsby
- What's Up, Bugsy? (1991) ... Mo Hornsby
 1991 The New Adam-12 (TV Series)
Sasha Pearl
- 211 Pizza (1991) ... Sasha Pearl
 1987 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
The Great Ballantine
- The Show Must Go On (1987) ... The Great Ballantine
 1987 What's Happening Now! (TV Series)
Mr. Higgins
- Dwayne's Big Step (1987) ... Mr. Higgins
 1986 Night Court (TV Series)
Philip Falcone
- Could This Be Magic? (1986) ... Philip Falcone
 1986 The Best of Times
 1986 Blacke's Magic (TV Series)
 1984 Double Trouble (TV Series)
Rollo the Great
- Do You Believe in Magic? (1984) ... Rollo the Great
 1981-1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Roland Shulman / Clarence
- My Son the Doctor (1984) ... Roland Shulman
- Days of Wine and Leo (1981) ... Clarence
 1982 Alice (TV Series)
- Spell Mel's (1982) ... Freddy
 1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
The Great Zachariah
- Delphine/The Unkillable (1981) ... The Great Zachariah
 1981 B.J. and the Bear (TV Series)
 1980 Camp Grizzly (TV Movie)
Uncle Bernie
 1980 One in a Million (TV Series)
Max Kellerman
- The Italian Connection (1980) ... Max Kellerman
- The Committee (1980) ... Max Kellerman
- Over the Hill (1980) ... Max Kellerman
- Max Falls in Love (1980) ... Max Kellerman
- Cushing Quits (1980) ... Max Kellerman
 1979 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV Series)
Monty the Hitman
- The Mob Comes to Orly (1979) ... Monty the Hitman
 1979 Just You and Me, Kid
Reinhoff the Remarkable
 1978 CHiPs (TV Series)
Marvello the Great
- Rustling (1978) ... Marvello the Great
 1977 The World's Greatest Lover
Uncle Harry
 1976 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)
Lionel T. Zimmerman
- Two of Our Weirdos Are Missing (1976) ... Lionel T. Zimmerman
 1976 How to Break Up a Happy Divorce (TV Movie)
 1976 Revenge of the Cheerleaders
Dr. Ivory
 1975 The Ghost Busters (TV Series)
- Merlin, the Magician (1975) ... Merlin
 1975 When Things Were Rotten (TV Series)
Innkeeper / The Waiter
- The Spy: Part 1 (1975) ... Innkeeper
- Ding Dong, the Bell Is Dead (1975) ... The Waiter
 1975 The Fireman's Ball (TV Movie)
 1974 The Girl with Something Extra (TV Series)
- The Cost of Giving (1974) ... Auctioneer
 1973 The Girl Most Likely to... (TV Movie)
Dr. Hankin
 1973 Saga of Sonora (TV Movie)
 1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
Doc Ellery
- Operation: Smokescreen (1972) ... Doc Ellery
 1969-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Chicken Little (segment "Love and the Newscasters") / Leo (segment "Love and the Shower")
- Love and the Happy Days/Love and the Television Set (1972) ... Chicken Little (segment "Love and the Newscasters")
 1971 The Partridge Family (TV Series)
- Partridge Up a Pair Tree (1971) ... Pitchman
 1971 The Virginian (TV Series)
Matty Ryan
- The Politician (1971) ... Matty Ryan
 1970 The Debbie Reynolds Show (TV Series)
- Advice and Dissent (1970) ... Newman
 1969 The Queen and I (TV Series)
- Kowalski of Harvard (1969) ... Becker
- Don't Make Big Waves (1969) ... Becker
- The Trousseau (1969) ... Becker
- Hossfeathers (1969) ... Becker
 1969 That's Life (TV Series)
 1968 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
Carl Tucker
- The Used Car Salesman (1968) ... Carl Tucker
 1968 Mayberry R.F.D. (TV Series)
- The Copy Machine (1968) ... Ernie
 1968 Premiere (TV Series)
- Out of the Blue (1968) ... Claude
 1968 Speedway
Birdie Kebner
 1967 Laredo (TV Series)
Lemuel Beamish
- Hey Diddle Diddle (1967) ... Lemuel Beamish
 1967 The Monkees (TV Series)
Hubbell Bensen
- Find the Monkees (1967) ... Hubbell Bensen
 1966 Penelope
Boom Boom
 1966 That Girl (TV Series)
Arnold Lemming
- I'll Be Suing You (1966) ... Arnold Lemming
 1962-1966 McHale's Navy (TV Series)
Lester Gruber
- Wally for Congress (1966) ... Lester Gruber
- Binghamton at 20 Paces (1966) ... Lester Gruber
- An Ensign's Best Friend (1966) ... Lester Gruber
- The McHale Grand Prix (1966) ... Lester Gruber
- Who Was That German I Saw You With? (1966) ... Lester Gruber
 1964 McHale's Navy
Torpedoman Lester Gruber
 1961-1962 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Magician / Comic Magician
- Episode #15.34 (1962) ... Magician (as The Amazing Mr. Ballantine)
- Episode #14.30 (1961) ... Comic Magician (as The Amazing Mr. Ballantine)
 1961-1962 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Al Henderson
- Quiet! We're Thinking (1962) ... Al Henderson (uncredited)
- Christmas at the 53rd (1961) ... Al Henderson
- The Taming of Lucille (1961) ... Al Henderson
 1960 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
- Babes in Toyland (1960) ... Gonzorgo
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
- Tennessee Ernie Ford Meets King Arthur (1960) ... Merlin (as The Amazing Mr. Ballantine)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Lycus, the slave merchant") in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" on Broadway. Comedy / musical (revival). Also in cast: Phil Silvers.

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Alternate Names:

The Amazing Ballantine | The Amazing Mr. Ballantine | Mr. Ballantine | Ballantine | Carl Ballentine | The Great Ballantine | Meyer Kessler | Mr. Ballantine the World Greatest Magician | Ballantine the World's Greatest Magishen


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His 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". See more »


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