Alan Young Dead: Star of ‘Mister Ed’ Was 96

Alan Young and Mister Ed
Alan Young plays Wilbur Post with Mr. Ed. CBS via Getty Images

Another Hollywood veteran gone. Alan Young, who starred as Wilbur Post on the 1960s sitcom Mister Ed, died on Thursday, May 19. He was 96.

The actor died of natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Home in L.A.'s Woodland Hills, a spokesperson for the retirement community told the Associated Press.

Young was best known for his role alongside the iconic talking horse on the hit CBS series, which aired from 1961 to 1966. He also played the voice of Scrooge McDuck in several Disney films and TV series, including DuckTales and Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

In 1951, he earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role on The Alan Young Show. The self-titled series started as a radio show, but eventually moved to television as a variety show in 1950. It aired until 1953 and also took home the Emmy award for Best Variety Series in 1951.

Young was a regular guest on many other TV shows over the years. He appeared on The Love Boat; Murder, She Wrote; Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; and ER. He also provided the voices for multiple characters on The Smurfs and played Hiram Flaversham in The Great Mouse Detective.

The legendary actor passed away at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Villa on Vitas Hospice with his children by his side.

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