Ballantine, Carl 1922–

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BALLANTINE, Carl 1922–

(Mr. Ballantine, The Amazing Mr. Ballantine, The Great Ballantine, Carl Ballentine)


Original name, Meyer Kessler; born September 27, 1922, in Chicago, IL; married Ceil Cabot (an actress); children: Sara (a voice artist).


Agent—Tisherman Agency, 6767 Forest Lawn Dr., Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90068.


Actor, voice artist, and magician. Performed magic at clubs, including the Magic Castle, Hollywood, CA, and at venues in the Catskill Mountains.

Awards, Honors:

Inducted as gold star member, Inner Magic Circle.


Film Appearances:

Torpedoman Lester Gruber, McHale's Navy, Universal, 1964.

Boom Boom, Penelope, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1966.

Abel Swanson, The Shakiest Gun in the West, Universal, 1968.

Birdie Kebner, Speedway, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1968.

Dr. Ivory, Revenge of the Cheerleaders (also known as H.O.T.S. III), Monarch Releasing, 1976.

Uncle Harry, The World's Greatest Lover, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1977.

Reinhoff the remarkable, Just You and Me, Kid, Columbia, 1979.

Sam the tailor, The North Avenue Irregulars (also known as Hill's Angels), Buena Vista, 1979.

Arturo, The Best of Times, Universal, 1986.

Nickel & Dime, 1991.

Freddie, Mr. Saturday Night, Columbia, 1992.

The doctor, Oink, 1995.

Dewey Rose, I Crave Rock & Roll, 1996.

Rabbi, My Giant, Columbia, 1998.

Lieutenant, The Million Dollar Kid, A–pix Entertainment, 2000.

Hickey, Farewell to Harry, Clear Pictures/Drop of a Hat/Hat Factory Films/Red Barn Films, 2002.

Realtor in China, Aimee Semple McPherson, Richard Rossi Productions, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Lester Gruber, McHale's Navy, ABC, 1962–66.

Becker, The Queen and I, CBS, 1969.

Max Kellerman, One in a Million, ABC, 1980.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Dr. Hankim, The Girl Most Likely To …, ABC, 1973.

Conductor, How to Break Up a Happy Divorce, NBC, 1976.

Harold Beyers, Susan's Plan (also known as Dying to Get Rich), Cinemax, 1998.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Town banker, The Saga of Sonora (musical), NBC, 1973.

(As The Great Ballantine) The Magic of David Copperfield, CBS, 1978.

Himself, "Vaudeville," American Masters (also known as American Masters: Vaudeville and Vaudeville: An "American Masters" Special), PBS, 1997.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Guest (sometime credited as The Amazing Mr. Ballantine or Mr. Ballantine), The Ed Sullivan Show (also known as Toast of the Town), CBS, 1953, 1956, 1961, 1962.

Guest, The Garry Moore Show, CBS, 1958, 1959.

Gonzorgo, "Babes in Toyland," Shirley Temple's Storybook, NBC, 1960.

(As The Amazing Mr. Ballantine) Merlin, "Tennessee Ernie Ford Meets King Arthur," Startime (also known as Ford Startime), NBC, 1960.

(As The Amazing Mr. Ballantine) "Fun Fair," Startime (also known as Ford Startime), NBC, 1960.

Al, "Christmas at the 53rd," Car 54, Where Are You?, NBC, 1961.

Al, "Quiet! We're Thinking," Car 54, Where Are You?, NBC, 1961.

Al, "The Taming of Lucille," Car 54, Where Are You?, NBC, 1961.

Himself, "Fun in Fantasyland," Meet Me at Disneyland, ABC, 1962.

Guest, The Andy Williams Show, NBC, 1963.

Guest, The Danny Kaye Show, CBS, 1963.

Guest, The Hollywood Palace, ABC, 1964, 1965.

Mr. Lemming, "I'll Be Suing You," That Girl, ABC, 1966.

Hubbell Benson, "Find the Monkees" (also known as "The Audition"), The Monkees, NBC, 1967.

Lemuel Beamish, "Hey Diddle Diddle," Laredo, NBC, 1967.

Carl Tucker, "The Used Car Salesman," I Dream of Jeannie, NBC, 1968.

Ernie, "The Copy Machine," Mayberry R.F.D., CBS, 1968.

Guest, The Dean Martin Show, NBC, 1968.

Himself, "Alan King: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to September," Kraft Music Hall, NBC, 1969.

Guest, "Baby's First Birthday," That's Life, ABC, 1969.

"Love and the Shower," Love, American Style, ABC, 1969.

Matt, "The Politician," The Virginian (also known as Men from Shiloh), NBC, 1971.

Pitchman, "Partridge up a Pair Tree," The Partridge Family, ABC, 1971.

Chicken Little, "Love and the Newscasters," Love, American Style, ABC, 1972.

Doc Ellery, "Operation: Smokescreen," O'Hara, U.S. Treasury, CBS, 1972.

Guest, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1972.

Waiter, "Ding Dong, the Bell Is Dead," When Things Were Rotten, ABC, 1975.

"Two Weirdos" (also known as "Two of Our Weirdos Are Missing"), Laverne & Shirley, ABC, 1976.

Stevens, "Rustling," CHiPs, NBC, 1978.

Magician, "B. J. and the Seven Lady Truckers: Parts 1 & 2," B. J. and the Bear, NBC, 1979.

The Great Zachariah, "Delphine/The Unkillable," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1981.

"Days of Wine and Leo," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1981.

Freddy, "Spell Mel's," Alice, CBS, 1982.

Roland Shulman, "My Son the Doctor," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1984.

Rollo the Great, "Do You Believe in Magic?," Double Trouble, NBC, 1984.

Evan Llewellyn, "Breathing Room," Blacke's Magic, NBC, 1986.

Fabulous Falconi, "Could This Be Magic?," Night Court, NBC, 1986.

Mr. Higgins, "Dwayne's Big Step," What's Happening Now!, syndicated, 1987.

(As The Great Ballantine) "The Show Must Go On," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1987.

Voice of Al Swindler, "Lemon Aid," Garfield and Friends (animated), CBS, 1989.

Voice of Al Swindler, "Skyway Robbery," Garfield and Friends (animated), CBS, 1990.

Voice of Al Swindler, "Wonderful World," Garfield and Friends (animated), CBS, 1990.

Mo Hornsby, "What's Up, Bugsy?," P.S.I. Luv U, CBS, 1991.

Voice of Huska, "And Fan Boy Is His Name/Lawn Gnomes, Chapter IV: Fun in the Sun/Frenching with Freakazoid!," Freakazoid (animated), The WB, 1995.

(As Carl Ballentine) Voice of Lenny Lankowski, "Sins of the Fathers Chapter 13: Goblin Wars," Spider–Man (animated), Fox, 1996.

Voice characterization, "Help Wanted," SpongeBob SquarePants (animated; also known as SpongeBob and Spongeboy Squarepants), Nickelodeon, 1999.

Voice characterization, "Dying for Pie," SpongeBob SquarePants (animated; also known as SpongeBob and Spongeboy Squarepants), Nickelodeon, 2000.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Acropolis, Where's the Fire?, ABC, 1975.

Uncle Bernie, Camp Grizzly, ABC, 1980.

Stage Appearances:

Lycus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (musical), Lunt–Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1972.