Alan Young (Wilbur) from “Mr. Ed” Dies at 96

Wilbur (Alan Young) from the “Mr. Ed” TV series, died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, California. The actor was 96 years old. The series, which was broadcast from 1961-66 on CBS, featured Wilbur Post, an architect, married to Carol. He had a talking horse named Mr. Ed. The horse would only talk to Wilbur, which seemed to stir up all kinds of trouble for him. The series won a TV Land Award in 2005. It was one of the first shows to be syndicated.

Alan Young, did guest appearances on many other TV shows. He played a friend to Rod Taylor’s George in the 1961 film, “The Time Machine.” He reappeared in a small role in a 2002 remake of the “Time Machine” starring Guy Pearce. He recorded the narration for the animated version of the film, to be released in April 2015.

Young transitioned later in his career into doing voice work for several animated series. He finally became the new voice of Scrooge McDuck in 1983, working on several features. He did voice work for Disney in,” Disney’s A Christmas Carol.” His voice was heard on “Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo,” “Spider Man and His Amazing Friends,” “The Incredible Hulk”, “The Smurfs”, ”Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “A Flintstone Family Christmas.” He did guest appearances on “The Love Boat,” “Down to Earth”,” Murder She Wrote,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, and “The Tony Danza Show.”

Alan was born Angus Young in Tyne-and-Wear, England. He grew up in Scotland and Canada. He was married to Mary Anne Grimes in the 1940s. They divorced. He married Virginia McCurdy from 1948 to 1995. He was married to Mary Chipman from 1996 to 1997. Alan is survived by four children.