Vale: Alan Young

US actor, best known as the frazzled owner of Mr. Ed, has died, aged 96.


US actor Alan Young, best known as the frazzled owner of Mr. Ed, has died, aged 96.

He died at the Motion Picture and Television Home in California on Thursday.

Young played architect Wilbur Post for five seasons from 1961-1966. with a horse Mr. Ed, voiced by Allan “Rocky” Lane, who would only would speak only to his owner. The show was one of the first to start in syndication.

Other TV credits included The Love Boat, Down to Earth, Murder, She Wrote, St. Elsewhere, Coming of Age, Doogie Howser, M.D., Coach, Hart to Hart, Home Is Where the Hart Is, Party of Five, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Tony Danza Show and ER.

He voiced Scrooge McDuck, between 1983 – 1990. He also voiced Haggis McHaggis on The Ren & Stimpy Show.

Other animated efforts included The Great Mouse Detective, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Battle of the Planets, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk, The Dukes, The Smurfs, Alvin and the Chipmunks and A Flintstone Family Christmas.

Film credits included The Time Machine, The Cat from Outer Space, Beverly Hills Cop III, Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Aaron Slick From Punkin Crick, Androcles and the Lion, Gentlemen Prefer Brunettes, Tom Thumb and 2002’s Time Machine remake starring Guy Pearce.

Source: Variety

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  1. Any sadness i have with this news, is offset by the enormous warmth and respect I have for this actor and his long career. One of the first tv shows i watched and loved was Mr Ed. His ‘Wilbur’ was a genial and eternally comedically conflicted man. As a kid, i so believed the silly construct; even if i knew that a horse couldn’t actually speak. Innocent times. Alan Young had great chemistry with his co-star and that is a pretty out there concept, as he spent five years giving a funny and touching performance along side a horse!

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