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'Mister Ed' Star Alan Young Dead at 96

'Mister Ed' Star Alan Young Dead at 96

TV's Alan Young, who for five years in the '60s played second fiddle to a horse on "Mister Ed," died at 96 on Thursday, his son told Variety.

Young was the excitable Wilbur Post, whose horse Ed inexplicably had the ability to speak — but did so only to Wilbur.

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Young at a book event in 2006

The actor's long career in radio, film, and TV began in 1939. His "The Alan Young Show" was popular on radio in Canada before transferring to the U.S., where it also became a hit TV show from 1950-1953, for which Young won an Emmy.

Young made numerous TV guest spots over the years, and provided the distinctive voice of Scrooge McDuck across multiple formats right up to his death.