Emmy award-winning actor Alan Young,actor-comedian,who played the amiable straight man to a talking horse in the 1960s sitcom “Mister Ed,” and co-starred in the classic sci-fi film “The Time Machine,” has died at age 96.
Young, who also provided the voice of cartoon characters including Disney’s Scrooge McDuck, died from natural causes this week at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital, a Los Angeles retirement facility for those in the movie and TV industry, according to his manager, Gene Yusem.The English-born actor was best known for his role as Wilbur Post, an amiable architect with a loquacious palomino living in his backyard barn, during six seasons on “Mister Ed,” which still airs in reruns a half century after its original run on CBS ended.
Young won an Emmy Award, honoring the best in U.S. television, in 1951 as best actor for “The Alan Young Show,” beating out Sid Caesar, one of the biggest names in television at the time. “The Alan Young Show” won an Emmy for best variety show that year and ran from 1950 to 1953.
Young appeared in films as well.As a voice actor, Young performed as the grumpy Scrooge McDuck and worked on such programs as “The Smurfs” and “Scooby-Doo.”