Comedic actor Alan Young, who for six seasons starred opposite a talking horse in the classic ’60s sitcom Mister Ed, died Tuesday of natural causes. He was 96.
On Mister Ed, which ran on CBS from 1961-1966, Young portrayed architect Wilbur Post. Prior to that he was best known for headlining CBS’ The Alan Young Show, which netted him a Best Actor Emmy.
His other TV credits included guest appearances on The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, St. Elsewhere, Party of Five and ER. On the big screen, he co-starred in such films as Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, Tom Thumb, The Time Machine and Beverly Hills Cop III (as Wonder World’s Walt Disney-like owner).
Young was also well known for his voice work, having played Scrooge McDuck in Duck Tales, as well as Farmer Smurf, Miner Smurf and Scaredy Smurf in 49 episodes of The Smurfs.