Mr. Ed’s Wilbur – Alan Young – Dies

Emmy Award winning actor Alan Young died May 19 at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Los Angeles at the age of 96. The retirement home spokeswoman Jamie Larkin reported that Young was surrounded by his children at the time of his death.

Young is best known for his role as Wilbur – the owner of the talking horse – on the comedy “Mr. Ed” and as Scrooge McDuck on “Duck Tales” and a variety of other programs.

Though best known for “Mr. Ed” and “Duck Tales” Young appeared in over 100 film and television productions beginning with his 1946 debut in “Margie”. His other numerous performances included his own television series “The Alan Young Show”, “Androcles and the Lion”, “Tom Thumb”, “Encounter”, “The Time Machine”, “Death Valley Days”, “The Cat from Outer Space”, the narrator on “Black Beauty”, 85 episodes of “Battle of the Planets”, “The Love Boat”, the TV movie “Beauty and the Beast”, “Murder She Wrote”, “The Great Mouse Detective”, 42 episodes of the television series “Alvin and the Chipmunks”, “St. Elsewhere”, “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, various characters in 119 episodes of “The Smurfs”, and numerous other cartoon voices.

He was born Angus Young on November 19, 1919 in North Shields, England to Scottish parents. When Angus was a child, the family immigrated to Canada where he began his acting career. Young even had his own radio show – “Stag Party”.

After high school, Young served two years in the Royal Canadian Navy. After serving in the Navy Young relocated to New York City.

A Christian Scientist, Young took a few years off from acting to establish a film and broadcast center at the church’s headquarters in Boston. He also toured then country lecturing but became disillusioned with all the bureaucracy, Young returned to Hollywood and his acting career.

Divorced there times, Young is survived by his children – Alana, Alan Jr, Cameron, and Wendy

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