Sal Ponti
Sal Ponti
Sal Ponti made two brief appearances on I Dream of Jeannie in different roles.
General Information:
Sex: Male
Date of birth: (1935-01-07)7 January 1935
Born in: South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: 15 January 1988(1988-01-15) (aged 53)
Died in: Los Angeles
Series/character information
Appeared on/in: I Dream of Jeannie
Number of
"Jeannie and the Marriage Caper" (Season 1)
"My Son, the Genie" (Season 3)
Character played/
Appeared as:
Astronaut Cortwright / Interviewer

Sal Ponti (7 January 1935 - 15 January 1988) made two brief appearances on I Dream of Jeannie, first as Astronaut Cortwright, one of Tony's buddies who prods him to get ready for the girl who comes out of the cake at his bachelor party for what was to be his upcoming marriage to Melissa Stone, General Stone's daughter, his fiance at the time in "Jeannie and the Marriage Caper" in Season 1, then as a news reporter and interviewer in "My Son, the Genie" in Season 3.

Sal got his start in his hometown Philadelphia as a songwriter. He wrote Fabian's first recorded song "I'm in Love". He later moved to Hollywood and made several acting appearances under the name Anthony Hall, the most notable was MGM's Atlantis, the Lost Continent.

MGM let many of their actors out of their contracts during their financial problems in the early 1960's and Sal took various parts in tv shows like Alfred Hitchcock Presents, McHale's Navy, The Six Million Dollar Man, Get Christie Love, and others. Eventually leaving Hollywood, he started a Las Vegas-style entertainment troup and toured the US. In his mid-forties, he wrote a musical based on the life of the "adventurous" Renaissance monk and painter, Fra Fillippo Lippi, another musical based on Mary Magdalene and several other plays and comedy revues. Unfortunately, lung cancer was discovered and treated, but it eventually took his life at the age of 53 before he could realize his dreams of producing one of his musicals on Broadway.


  • Sal studied dramatics at the Julliard School in New York.
  • He was the nephew of Frank J. Ponti who was known as "The Vagabond Tenor."
  • Sal first began his acting career on the stage in Philadelphia with the Abbey Players.
  • During his over 25 years in Hollywood, he had a starring role in only one feature film, George Pal's Atlantis, The Lost Continent (1961).

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