Friday, May 20, 2016

Alan Young

We had some marvelous outtakes,
but the producer had destroyed them all
-Alan Young
Angus "Alan" Young
Alan Young died on yesterday at the age of 96.
By the time he was in high school, Young had his own comedy radio series entitled Stag Party on the CBCnetwork, but left during World War II to serve in the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Army.
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In 1944, Young moved to American radio with The Alan Young ShowNBC's summer replacement for Eddie Cantor's series. He switched to ABC two years later, then returned to NBC.
Young's film debut was in Margie (1946), and he was featured in Chicken Every Sunday (1949).

In 1950, the television version of The Alan Young Show began. By 1951, the series had received not only praise but also several Primetime Emmy awards, including "Outstanding Lead Actor" for Alan Young.
After its cancellation, Young continued to act 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 appeared in the NBC espionage drama Five Fingers ("Thin Ice", 1959), starring David Hedison.
Young was 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 comic 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. In the late 1960s, he retired from acting for several years. During that time, he founded a broadcast division for the Christian Science Church.
Young's television guest roles include GibbsvilleThe Love BoatMurder, She WroteSt. ElsewhereCoachParty of FiveThe Wayans Bros.USA HighHang TimeERMaybe It's Me and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch ("Sweet Charity", 1997) in which he played Zelda's love interest.
After 1974, he 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 played Scrooge in video games such as the Kingdom Hearts series, DuckTales: Remastered in 2013, and theMickey Mouse cartoon "Goofy's First Love" released in 2015.
During the 1980s, Young became active in voice acting. Apart from Scrooge McDuck, his other prominent roles were 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 HulkThe New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

Young starred in Coming of Age is a situation comedy that aired on CBS television network for three runs in 1988 and 1989.


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. 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, and in that same year, Young played the role of Charlie in the television movie, Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is.
After 1994, he played at least eight characters, including antique dealer Jack Allen on the radio drama Adventures in Odyssey. In 1997, he did the voice ofHaggis McMutton in the PC game The Curse of Monkey Island. His later guest roles in animated series included Megas XLRStatic ShockHouse of Mouse,The Ren & Stimpy ShowDuckmanBatman: The Animated Series and TaleSpin.
Good Night Mr. Young
Say Hello to Mr. Ed.

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Tony Figueroa
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