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.”