Exempt from military service during World War II because of back trouble, Ballantine entertained the troops in England.
Ballantine appeared in a number of films, including "The Shakiest Gun in the West" (1968), "The World's Greatest Lover" (1977) and "Mr. Saturday Night" (1992).
He was a regular cast member on the 1969 sitcom "The Queen and I" and the 1980 sitcom "One in a Million." And he made guest appearances on numerous other series, sometimes appearing as a magician; he showed up on "Fantasy Island" as the Great Zachariah, on "Night Court" as the Fabulous Falconi and on “The Cosby Show” as the Great Ballantine.
He also did occasional cartoon voice-overs and hundreds of voice-overs for commercials, including one for the California Raisins in which he voiced the Raisins' talent agent, a Claymation character that resembled him.
Ballantine's wife of 45 years, actress Ceil Cabot, died in 2000.
In addition to his daughter Saratoga, he is survived by another daughter, Molly; and his sister, Esther Robinson.
Instead of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Used Pets, 517 W. Buckthorn, Inglewood, CA 90301.
No funeral will be held.
"He wanted to have his ashes scattered over Santa Anita racetrack," said Saratoga Ballantine, who was named after the racetrack in New York; her sister Molly's middle name is Caliente, after the track in Tijuana.
"He loved the ponies," she said.