Mr. Ed Star Alan Young Dies At Age 96

From the Los Angeles Times:

Alan Young, the amiable comedic actor who became a TV icon in the early 1960s starring opposite a talking horse named Mister Ed, died Thursday. He was 96.

Young, whose later career included doing the voices for Scrooge McDuck and other cartoon characters, died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Home, the Motion Picture & Television Fund confirmed on Friday. He lived at the retirement community for more than four years and died with his children by his side.

A veteran of radio and movies who starred in his own Emmy Award-winning TV comedy-variety show in the early 1950s, Young was on a career downswing when he was signed to play the lead in “Mister Ed.”

Comedian-producer George Burns already had financed a failed “Mister Ed” pilot with other actors when he told his associates: “I think we should get Alan Young. He looks like the kind of guy a horse would talk to.”

  • Joe in PA

    ok, this is one of those eery doo-doo-doo-doo moments…yesterday that theme song was stuck in my head. “A Horse is a Horse, Of Course, Of Course…”


    • Ted.OR
      • David From Canada

        When you get past the novelty part, Tiny Tim had a fairly good voice, being able to sing in different octaves.
        I have a record, made in later years after his initial burst, called “Tip Toe To The Gas Pumps”, about rising gas prices. He was quite the showman.

  • Rebecca Gardner

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    • Michael Rush

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    • Todd Allis

      Your work is never done! 🙂

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    • Bj Lincoln

      You are awesome! Thank you.

    • grada3784

      In God we Trust was added to some coins in the middle of the Civil War. It actually comes from a line in the last verse of the Star Spangled Banner: Let this be our motto – In God is our trust.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Which is why I specified paper money. 😉

      • Oh’behr

        I didn’t know that information. Thank you for the wording on coinage. (I assume it was Union coinage?).

        • grada3784

          Yes. Started on the 2 cent piece.

          • Ernest Endevor

            Then moved to the three dollar bill.

    • Ted.OR

      “2016 had been a really shitty year for taking away all of our childhood memories…”

      How true, how very true. I recently found out that Gogi Grant passed away in March. Her big claim to fame was a 1956 number one hit, “The Wayward Wind”.

      That song had two effects on my life:

      1 – I fell in love with the sound of the French horn. Unfortunately my embouchure didn’t fit the mouthpiece, but I did move on to other instruments.

      2 – I realized how I could follow my own path in life, that I was also “the next of kin to the wayward wind”. And I have been lucky to find some kindred spirits along the way.

    • Traxley Launderette



      You are awesome.

    • Bob Conti

      Welcome to the club. I’ve been blocked by them too. In a way, I consider it a compliment that we’re so threatening to them.

  • Mister Don

    Should I mention Catherine the Great?

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    I remember when Mr. Ed died… “A corpse is a corpse, of course of course, and no one can talk to a corpse of course.” …OH, I know it’s tacky.

  • Thank you, Alan, for being such significant part of my childhood memories.

  • Michael Rush

    Everyone put peanut butter along your gums
    in memory of this man and his work .

  • BearEyes

    i loved watching Mr. Ed as a kid. Glad Young lived to be old.

  • PickyPecker

    RIP, Mr. Young. Thanks for all the memories that left me smiling.

  • Ron


  • cleos_mom

    I always figured one of the script writers for that show had to be a longtime horse lover. The Mr. Ed character wasn’t a human character superimposed on an animal like Francis the Talking Mule: he had a very recognizable horse personality.

    Alan Young played the comedic straight role to perfection. It sounds like he had a long and very satisfying life.

  • Dramphooey

    Here’s a clip of Alan Young. My mother, who was a horse lover, thought this was hilarious and I agree.

    • BobSF_94117

      Ah, when TV was silly. 🙂

      • another_steve

        And innocent.

        Today, every comedy episode has to have at least one scene of spousal or child abuse.

        • Piet

          Next year it’ll be a different fad problem. Remember the couple of years when practically every female on film went in for projectile vomiting?

        • Acronym Jim

          Exactly. I don’t believe there was ever a “very special episode” of Mister Ed or My Mother the Car.

          • Oh’behr

            I liked My Mother the Car.

    • another_steve

      Incorporating real-life baseball players into the story like that was brilliant. Imagine how thrilling that was to Americans back then.

      In our age of glitzy over-the-top CGI, that scene shows us what’s possible with plain old clever film work.

    • Professor Barnhardt

      That’s not a Louisville Slugger!

  • John Connors

    For one of the campiest of the Mr. Ed’s watch the one where Mr. Ed meets Mae West.

    • another_steve

      She was around 70 when she did that.

      What a gal.

      • Richard, another Canuck

        I could have sworn that was the Divine Miss M! They sound so alike!

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Somehow I think I missed this episode.

      • Acronym Jim

        Mmmm, It’s better to be looked over than overlooked,

        *wiggles hips*

    • Lantor

      Do we know who Chris Hayes’ grandfather is?

    • Jerry

      “We’ve all heard so much about you.” Mae: “I know, but you can’t prove it.”

  • Robincho

    Ivana Drumpf ruled the world when it came to Disturbingly Visible Gums. But then Mr. Ed came along, and the rest is equestrian history…

  • grada3784

    Bye-bye, Mr. James Filby. So long, Andy-Wandy. Farewell, Wilbur.

    • Gianni

      Yes, Filby. 🙂

  • Marti386

    Disney is doing an upcoming reboot of the DuckTales cartoon. I hope Alan got to do the voice of Scrooge one last time.

  • Octavio

    I wonder who’s going to inherit his Studebaker Hawk?
    (Studebaker was the primary sponsor of Mr. Ed.)

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      My elementary school principal, Ms. Funderburk, drove a Studebaker. They looked a lot alike, as I recall.

      • Dan Robinson

        I bet you kids had fun with Mr Funderburk’s name.

    • Octavio

      Seen here with a partial view of the economical Studebaker Lark!

  • Paula

    There is only one thing to say Oh WIILLLLBUUURRRRR..
    RIP Mr Young.
    I loved that show as a kid, 🙁

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    He was wonderfully expressive.

  • KentDean

    At least we still have the short stories and the show. RIP, Mr. Young.

  • Oh’behr

    My sister named our shared car Wilbur (ten years ago), I’ll have to ask if it was after him. R.I.P.

    Rather silly to talk about Wilbur. Inside joke is that immediate family know what we are talking regarding Wilbur yet other people look at us and think, who’s Wilbur in their family?

  • sword

    Did he have Mr Ed stuffed and placed in his living room, like Roy Rogers and Trigger?

  • Bob Conti

    Sandy Koufax was kinda hot…