Comedian, magician, and McHale’s Navy actor Carl Ballantine has died at age 92. Read more on Carl Ballantine’s death below.
Carl Ballantine reportedly died in his sleep at his Hollywood Hills home.
Ballantine, born Meyer Kessler, changed over from magic to doing comedy in the 1940s. He would fumble tricks while joking with the audience. Ballantine made appearances in Las Vegas, at nightclubs, and on many television shows including “The Tonight Show.”
Many comedians were influenced by Carl Ballantine including Steve Martin.
Carl Ballantine played crewman Lester Gruber in “McHale’s Navy” and did several other television roles as well as voiceovers in cartoons.
Ballantine is survived by two daughters and a sister.
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