The entertaining simpleton character in the hit show about a talking horse Mr. Ed passes away at the age of 96.
There are some actors that are always there. They are not the blockbuster big names but their names and their work remind us of the warmth and the good times. Alan Young, an entertainer hailing all the way from England was one of those names.
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Although people might not remember him that well but he is the host of the hit radio and TV show “The Alan Young Show” which ran on radio from 1944 where it was originally a summer replacement for Eddie Cantor.
After going off-air, the show then moved on to become a hit TV show from 1950 to 1953 for which it won the Emmy Award for best variety show, and Mr. Young won for best actor.
Mr. Young performed on the theater scene playing bagpipes and doing stand-up comedy. That was until he started to play the role of Wilbur on Mister Ed which became a hit TV show running from 1961 to 1966 on CBS.
The episodes usually revolved around Wilbur’s clumsy attempts to undo Ed’s mischief, situations made more difficult by the fact that Ed would speak only to Wilbur.
Mr. Young made his movie debut in “Margie,” a 1946 high school comedy set in the flapper era. He played the village piper in “Tom Thumb,” and in the 1960 film adaptation of H. G. Wells’s “The Time Machine” One of his few leading roles was as the title character in the 1952 musical “Aaron Slick From Punkin Crick," opposite Dinah Shore. His last film was “Em & Me” (2004), an independent feature in which he played an elderly man traveling cross-country to visit his ex-wife’s grave.
Hailing from England, he traveled with his family to Scotland as a toddler and then to Vancouver, Canada as a young boy. By the age of 13, he was doing his bit on the Canadian radio and by the age of 17, he was a writer and performer for Canadian Radio. He then served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. Upon his return, he migrated to America to pursue his artistic dreams.
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It truly is a loss that such a fine actor and performer passed away. He was 96 years of age on his death. He was presently residing in the Motion Picture & Television Home Woodland Hills, Calif for the last four years. His publicist, Jaime Larkin confirmed his death to NYTimes.