Alan Young, 'Mister Ed' Star And Former Radio Personality, Dies At 96
May 20, 2016 at 4:15 PM (PT)
ALAN YOUNG, who started his career as a radio host before rising to fame as an actor and star of "MISTER ED," died THURSDAY (5/19) at the MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION HOME in WOODLAND HILLS, CA. YOUNG was 96 and had been active in voice acting for video games until recently.
YOUNG, born in ENGLAND and relocated to CANADA at six years of age, started in radio as a comedy writer for "STAG PARTY" on the CBC in VANCOUVER, graduating to host his own show; he debuted on American radio with "THE ALAN YOUNG SHOW," a sitcom, as a summer replacement for EDDIE CANTOR on NBC in 1944; he also hosted on ABC after that network was formed from the NBC BLUE NETWORK.
His movie career started in 1946, and a critically-acclaimed television version of his show aired on CBS in 1950-53, winning three Emmys. He continued to act in films until he took the role of Wilbur Post, owner of the eponymous talking Palomino, on "MISTER ED," which began in syndication and quickly moved to CBS, airing in 1961-66 and in rerun syndication for many years. More recently, he appeared in guest roles on many shows over the year, from "THE LOVE BOAT" to "ER" to "PARTY OF FIVE," and provided voice work for several video games, notably as Scrooge McDuck in DISNEY games.