Alan Young, the British-born comedian best remembered for his portrayal of Wilbur Post, the hapless owner of the titled talking horse in the 1960s TV sitcom Mister Ed, passed away on Thursday at age 96.
He passed away at the Motion Picture & Television Home in Woodland Hills, California.
A native of England who moved to Canada when he was about six years old, and whom by the 1940s was already a veteran performer on radio in that country, Mr. Young headlined a network radio show here in the States that was originally set to be a summer replacement for Eddie Cantor, but instead became so popular that it ran for five years (1944-49).
In 1950, Alan starred in a CBS television program from Los Angeles entitled The Alan Young Show, for which both he and the program won Emmy Awards in 1951 (the program for best variety show and he for best actor).
In 1960, Alan was cast as the affable owner of a talking horse on a TV series entitled Mister Ed, which began its' life in syndication before it went network over CBS in 1961 (where it remained until 1966).
This was the story of a taking horse named Mister Ed, who would speak only to Wilbur Post, who was his owner.
The voice of Mister Ed was provided by veteran grade-B Western movie star Allen "Rocky" Lane (who passed away in 1973).