Alan Young

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Alan Young
Alan Young circa 1944.JPG
Young in 1944
BornAngus Young
(1919-11-19) 19 November 1919 (age 95)
North Shields, Northumberland, England, UK
Years active1939-present
AgentTGMD Talent Agency
Spouse(s)Mary Anne Grimes
(1941–1947; divorced)
Virginia McCurdy
(1948-1995; divorced)
Mary Chipman
(1996-1997; divorced)
ChildrenWith Grimes:
With McCurdy:
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Best Actor
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Alan Young
Alan Young circa 1944.JPG
Young in 1944
BornAngus Young
(1919-11-19) 19 November 1919 (age 95)
North Shields, Northumberland, England, UK
Years active1939-present
AgentTGMD Talent Agency
Spouse(s)Mary Anne Grimes
(1941–1947; divorced)
Virginia McCurdy
(1948-1995; divorced)
Mary Chipman
(1996-1997; divorced)
ChildrenWith Grimes:
With McCurdy:
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Best Actor

Alan Young (born Angus Young 19 November 1919) is a British-born, naturalized American actor best known for his role as Wilbur Post in the television series Mister Ed[1] and as the voice of Scrooge McDuck in Disney films, TV series and video games.[2] During the 1940s and 1950s, he starred in his own shows on radio and television.[1]


Early life[edit]

Young was born Angus Young in North Shields, Northumberland, England, to John Cathcart Young, a shipyard worker, and Florence Pinckney, whose ancestors included a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. The family moved to Edinburgh, Scotland when Young was a toddler, and to West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada when he was six years old. Young came to love radio when bedridden as a child because of severe asthma.

Near the start of his radio career, during World War II, Young served in the Royal Canadian Navy.


Young had his own comedy radio series on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 1944, he moved to American radio with The Alan Young Show, NBC's summer replacement for Eddie Cantor's show. He switched to ABC two years later, then returned to NBC.

Young's film debut was Margie (1946), and featured in Chicken Every Sunday (1949).[3]

In 1950, the television version of The Alan Young Show began. By 1951, the series had garnered not only praise but also several Primetime Emmy awards, including "Outstanding Lead Actor" for Alan Young.[4]

After its cancellation, Young continued acting in films, among which Androcles and the Lion (1952) and Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955), and two George Pal films, tom thumb (1958) and The Time Machine (1960).

He is best known, however, for Mister Ed (1961–66), a CBS television show, in which he starred as Wilbur Post, the owner of Mr. Ed, a talking horse that would talk to no one but him, thus causing hilarious situations for Wilbur Post with his wife, neighbours and acquaintances.

He also starred as Stanley Beamish in the unaired 1966 pilot episode of Mr. Terrific, but apparently declined to appear in the broadcast series in 1967 that followed.

He appeared in the episode "Thin Ice" of the NBC espionage drama Five Fingers, starring David Hedison. Young's television guest roles include Gibbsville, The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, St. Elsewhere, Coach, Party of Five, The Wayans Bros., USA High, Hang Time, ER, Maybe It's Me and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch where he played Zelda's love interest in the episode "Sweet Charity".

In the late 1960s, he retired from acting for several years. During that time, he founded a broadcast division for the Christian Science Church.

Since 1983, he has voiced Scrooge McDuck in numerous Disney films and in the popular series DuckTales (1987-1990). In Mickey's Christmas Carol, he portrayed the character's miserly namesake. He also plays Scrooge in video games that he appears in, such as the Kingdom Hearts series and most recently in DuckTales: Remastered in 2013.

During the 1980s, Young became active in voice acting. Apart from Scrooge McDuck, his other prominent roles are Farmer Smurf on The Smurfs, 7-Zark-7 and Keyop in Battle of the Planets and Hiram Flaversham in The Great Mouse Detective. He also guest starred on The Incredible Hulk, The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.

In 1991, Alan Young returned to the stage, starring as Cap'n Andy Hawkes in The California Music Theatre's adaptation of Show Boat. He had been called for the role after Van Johnson, who was initially cast in the part, was hospitalised.[5] He had also appeared in the plays A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Girl With the Freudian Slip.

In 1993, he recreated his role as Filby for the mini-sequel to George Pal's The Time Machine, reuniting him with Rod Taylor, who had played George, the Time Traveller. It was called Time Machine: The Journey Back, directed by Clyde Lucas. In 2002, he had a cameo as the flower store worker in Simon Wells' remake of The Time Machine and in 2010, he read H.G. Wells's original novel for 7th Voyage Productions, Inc.

In 1994, Young co-starred in the Eddie Murphy film Beverly Hills Cop III. He played the role of Uncle Dave Thornton, the Walt Disney-esque founder of the fictional California theme park Wonderworld.

Since 1994, he has played at least eight characters, most notably antique dealer Jack Allen on the popular radio drama Adventures in Odyssey. In 1997, he did the voice of Haggis McMutton in the PC game, The Curse of Monkey Island. His recent guest roles in animated series include Megas XLR, Static Shock, House of Mouse, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Duckman, Batman: The Animated Series and TaleSpin.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Young was married three times: He and Mary Anne Grimes were married from 1941 to 1947 and had two children. He was married to Virginia McCurdy from 1948 to 1995 and had two children. From 1996 to 1997, he was married to Mary Chipman. Young currently lives in Woodland Hills, California. In his later years, Young suffered financial difficulties and declining health while enduring dissension among his four children over who should have control of his person and estate.[7]



1939Stag PartyHimself
1940-1944The Alan Young ShowAlanCanadian version
1944-1949The Alan Young ShowAlanU.S. version
1945The Old Gold Comedy TheaterBob Bennett"Nothing But the Truth"
Known also as The Harold Lloyd Theater
1947Hedda Hopper's This is HollywoodRoy Hornsdale"Margie"
1947-1948Texaco Star TheaterHimself
1948-1949The Jimmy Durante ShowCo-host
1949-1950Family TheaterJohnny the Leprechaun, Donald"The Leprechaun Who Didn't Listen"
"The Lion Tamer"
"My Terminal Moraine"
1950The Jack Benny ProgramHimself
1952Hollywood Star PlayhouseErnie"Nor Gloom of Night"
1979Sears Radio Theater"The Care and Feeding of a Sex Symbol"
"The Terrible Dream of Mr. Glitch"
"A Very Nice Couple"
1994-2012Adventures in OdysseyJack Allen


1946MargieRoy Hornsdale
1949Chicken Every SundayGeoffrey Lawson
1949Mr. Belvedere Goes to CollegeAvery Brubaker
1952Androcles and the LionAndrocles
1952Aaron Slick from Punkin CrickAaron Slick
1955Gentlemen Marry BrunettesCharlie Biddle, Mrs. Biddle, Mr. Henry Biddle
1958Tom ThumbWoody
1960The Time MachineDavid Filby, James Filby
1976Baker's HawkPaul Carson
1978The Cat from Outer SpaceDoctor Winger
1983Mickey's Christmas CarolScrooge McDuckFeature-length animated short
1986The Great Mouse DetectiveHiram FlavershamFeature-length animated film
1987Alice Through the Looking GlassWhite KnightFeature-length animated film
1990DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost LampScrooge McDuckFeature-length animated film
1993Disney Sing-Along SongsScrooge McDuck"The Twelve Days of Christmas"
1994Beverly Hills Cop IIIDave Thornton
1996The Flintstones Christmas in BedrockAdditional voices
1999Mickey's Once Upon a ChristmasScrooge McDuckDirect-to-video film
2002The Time MachineFlower Store Worker
2004Em & MeGrandfatherSan Diego Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Monaco International Festival Best Actor Award
2004Mickey's Twice Upon a ChristmasScrooge McDuckDirect-to-video film

Television series[edit]

1950-1953The Alan Young ShowAlanTelevision version
Lead Role
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1951)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy for Most Outstanding Personality (1951)
1954General Electric TheaterAlan Parker"Wild Luke's Boy"
1955Screen Director's PlayhouseErnest Stockhoeffer/Vernon Hathaway"The Life of Vernon Hathaway"
1955-1956Studio OneGeorge Abernathy, Timothy"The Man Who Caught The Ball at Coogan's Bluff"
"This Will Do Nicely"
1956Chevron Hall of StarsRobinson"I Killed John Harrington"
1956Matinee Theatre"Ask Me No Questions"
1956Studio 57Hector Tutwilder"Swing Your Partner, Hector"
1956-1958The Steve Allen ShowHimself5 episodes
1958Alan Young (TV series)Alan3 episodes
1959Five FingersCarl"Thin Ice"
1959EncounterWilbur Bowser"The Last of the Hot Pilots"
1960StartimeClarence"Tennessee Ernie Ford Meets King Arthur"
1961-1966Mr. EdWilbur PostLead Role
143 episodes
1962Death Valley DaysJohn Stetson"The Hat That Won the West"
1966Mr. TerrificStanley BeamishTV pilot
1976GibbsvilleKanzler"Saturday Night"
1978-1980Battle of the Planets7-Pack-7, KeyopEnglish dub
1978, 1983The Love BoatRoss, Phil Sharp2 episodes
1981Spider-Man and His Amazing FriendsMr. Frump"The Fantastic Mr. Frump"
1982The Incredible HulkCyclops"The Cyclops Project"
1982-1989The SmurfsFarmer Smurf, Miner Smurf, Scaredy Smurf49 episodes
1983Alvin and the ChipmunksGrandpa Seville"Grandpa and Grandma Seville"
1983The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo ShowGaggy Rogers"Wedding Bell Boos!"
1984Robo ForceS.O.T.A.TV Movie
1984Down to EarthAlistar Coogan"Everything Old Is New Again"
1986Murder She WroteFloyd Nelson"Keep the Home Fries Burning"
1987St. ElsewhereKnox"A Coupla White Dummies Sitting Around Talking"
1987-1990DuckTalesScrooge McDuckLead Role
100 episodes
1988-1989Coming of AgeEd Pepper15 episodes
1990Walt Disney's Wonderful World of ColorScrooge McDuck"A DuckTales Valentine"
1990TaleSpinDoctor"The Old Man and the Sea Duck"
1990CityDonald"Just a Passing Dad"
1992Raw ToonageScrooge McDuck"The Treasure of The Sierra Marsdre"
1993A Flintstone Family ChristmasMr. GravelberryTV Movie
1994Batman: The Animated SeriesTod Baker"Baby-Doll"
1994Party of FiveJack Gordon"Homework"
1994-1995The Ren & Stimpy ShowHaggis McHaggis4 episodes
1995DuckmanWilbur Nelson"America the Beautiful"
1997Sabrina the Teenage WitchMr. Berry"Sweet Charity"
1999Mickey Mouse WorksScrooge McDuck2 episodes
2000ERArchie Mellonston"Benton Backwards"
2001Maybe It's MeAbe Lasky"The Hair Episode"
2002House of MouseScrooge McDuck3 episodes
2004Static ShockDr. McDonald"Now You See Him"
2004Megas XLRJax2 episodes

Video games[edit]

1997The Curse of Monkey IslandHaggis McMutton
2008Disney Think FastScrooge McDuck
2009Kingdom Hearts Birth by SleepScrooge McDuck
2013Disney Magical WorldScrooge McDuck
2013DuckTales: RemasteredScrooge McDuck


  1. ^ a b "Alan Young". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 368. ISBN 1-84854-195-3. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Bob (June 10, 1959). "Comic Alan Young Critical of TV". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 
  4. ^ "Alan Young In Mister Ed". The Gettysburg Times. March 18, 1961. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ Sylvie Drake (September 16, 1991). "Stage: 'Show Boat' Afloat Without Its Star". Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ Alan Young's voiceography - "Behind the Voice"
  7. ^ Adams, Cindy (October 15, 2008). "Old Horse Tale Full of Sadness". New York Post. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 

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