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Carl Ballantine
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Comedian
    (September 27, 1917-November 3, 2009)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Birth name was Meyer Kessler
    Magician/comedian/actor
    Portrayed Lester Gruber in McHale's Navy
    Appeared in the movies 'Speedway' (1968), 'The Shakiest Gun in the West' (1968), 'The Girl Most Likely To' (TV movie, 1973), 'Revenge of the Cheerleaders' (1976), 'The World's Greatest Lover' (1977), 'Just You and Me, Kid' (1979), 'Mr. Saturday Night' (1992) and 'My Giant' (1998)
    He shaved five years off his age, claiming 1922 as his birth year.
    He took his stage name from a bottle of Ballantine whiskey.
    He started as a straight magician, decided he would never be as good as the top performers, then switched to a comedic act in which his tricks failed.
    He appeared in commercials as the agent for the California Raisins.
    He chain smoked Cuban stogies.
    During World War II, he entertained the troops in England.
    He was married to Ceil Cabot for 45 years until her death.
    He was the first magician to headline in Vegas.
    Fellow McHale's Navy alum Tim Conway said, 'He was a natural. Everything to him had humor.'
    Other fans include comedian Steve Martin, magician David Copperfield and comedic magicians Penn & Teller.

Credit: C. Fishel


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