Carl Ballantine

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Birthday
27, 1917
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Nov 3, 2009 (92)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
27, 1917
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Nov 3, 2009 (92)

About

Comedy magician who became Lester Gruber on the 60s sitcom McHale's Navy.

Before Fame

He learned his first magic acts from a barber, but soon found himself drawing only laughs for his magic act, so he decided to emphasize for comedy his ineptness.

Trivia

Before his popular television act, he billed himself as The Amazing Ballantine and performed acts based less on magic than on comedy.

Family Life

He was born Meyer Kessler, in Chicago, Illinois.

Associated With

Steve Martin, another actor and a former professional magician, presented him the Lifetime Achievement Fellowship from the Magic Castle in Hollywood.