Alan Young


Born: 19 November 1919
Birthplace: North Shields, England
Best known as: Wilbur on TV's Mr. Ed

Name at birth: Angus Young

Alan Young is most famous for his role as Wilbur, confidante to Mister Ed, television's most famous talking horse. Young had a successful career in radio before moving into TV in 1950 for The Alan Young Show, a blend of skits and songs that highlighted his nice-guy persona and ran until 1953. He showed his dramatic skills on TV and films (notably 1960's The Time Machine), and was a regular on TV shows such as The Steve Allen Show, then had his own hit with Mister Ed in 1961. Since that show left the air in 1965, Young has continued to work, mostly in television as a voice actor; he was Scrooge McDuck in DuckTales from 1987-90.

Extra credit:

Carol Post, Wilbur’s wife on Mister Ed, was played by Connie Hines.

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