He is most remembered by the character of Wally Ballou, a mild-mannered, but indefatigable radio reporter. These were in different series and time slots over decades, beginning in the late 1940s at Boston"s WHDH radio when the two were first paired for Matinee with Bob and Ray. The team’s ersatz advertisements included exhortations on behalf of the Monongahela Metal Foundry (“Steel ingots cast with the housewife in mind”), Einbinder Flypaper (“The flypaper you’ve gradually grown to trust over the course of three generations”) and Height Watchers International.
Elliot appeared on radio with Garrison Keillor in The American Radio Company of the Air.
On television, Elliott and Goulding hosted Bob and Ray show from 1951 to 1953. He appeared on a number of other television programs, including Happy Days.
Newhart. And Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine & Gilda in 1979 (with Goulding, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner).
The David Steinberg Show. And Saturday Night Live.
In 1982, Elliot was in Author! Author! as Patrick Dicker. He would star in made-for-television-Movie"s such as Between Time and Timbuktu and Franklin Delano Roosevelt: A One Manitoba Show.
Elliot made television commercials just as Goulding and Elliot had years earlier when they provided the voices for Bert and Harry Piel, the animated spokesmen for a New York brewing company.
In 1970, the duo debuted in The Two and Only on Broadway. Bob and Goulding worked together up until Goulding’s death in 1990. In 1990, Elliot portrayed a bank guard in Quick Change.
Four years later, the elder Elliott appeared in the Tim Burton production Cabin Boy, playing Chris" father again.
In 2004, he appeared in a skit on the Air America radio program The O"Franken Factor.