National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day November 3 — Carl Ballantine

0 Comments 03 November 2011


This guy would have DEFINITELY been a member of the Fun Club. Anyone that spent THAT much time in Ernest Borgnine’s presence must have had a good amount of awesomeness rub off on him. Kudos to the LA Times for making the DPD because they have been curiously absent of late.

Carl Ballantine (September 27, 1917 – November 3, 2009)

By Dennis McLellanNovember 5, 2009

Carl Ballantine, the “amazing” comedy magician and character actor who was part of the World War II PT boat crew on the 1960s sitcom “McHale’s Navy,” has died. He was 92.

Ballantine died in his sleep of age-related causes Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills, said his daughter Saratoga Ballantine.

As an actor, Ballantine was best known for playing the supporting role of crew member Lester Gruber on “McHale’s Navy,” the popular 1962-66 series that starred Ernest Borgnine.

“He was a natural; everything to him had humor,” said Tim Conway, who played the bumbling Ensign Parker on the show, where he first met Ballantine.

“I only knew him from seeing him on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ which I thought was the funniest thing I ever saw, the magic act that wasn’t working,” he said.

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