Alan Young

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Alan Young
Alan Young circa 1944.JPG
Young in 1944
Born Angus Young
(1919-11-19) 19 November 1919 (age 95)
North Shields, Northumberland, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1939-present
Agent TGMD Talent Agency
Spouse(s) Mary Anne Grimes
(1941–1947; divorced)
Virginia McCurdy
(1948-1995; divorced)
Mary Chipman
(1996-1997; divorced)
Children With Grimes:
2
With McCurdy:
2
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor
Website
http://www.mister-ed.tv/

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]

Biography[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

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]

Filmography[edit]

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1939 Stag Party Himself
1940-1944 The Alan Young Show Alan Canadian version
1944-1949 The Alan Young Show Alan U.S. version
1945 The Old Gold Comedy Theater Bob Bennett "Nothing But the Truth"
Known also as The Harold Lloyd Theater
1947 Hedda Hopper's This is Hollywood Roy Hornsdale "Margie"
1947-1948 Texaco Star Theater Himself
1948-1949 The Jimmy Durante Show Co-host
1949-1950 Family Theater Johnny the Leprechaun, Donald "The Leprechaun Who Didn't Listen"
"The Lion Tamer"
"My Terminal Moraine"
1950 The Jack Benny Program Himself
1952 Hollywood Star Playhouse Ernie "Nor Gloom of Night"
1979 Sears Radio Theater "The Care and Feeding of a Sex Symbol"
"The Terrible Dream of Mr. Glitch"
"A Very Nice Couple"
1994-2012 Adventures in Odyssey Jack Allen

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1946 Margie Roy Hornsdale
1949 Chicken Every Sunday Geoffrey Lawson
1949 Mr. Belvedere Goes to College Avery Brubaker
1952 Androcles and the Lion Androcles
1952 Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick Aaron Slick
1955 Gentlemen Marry Brunettes Charlie Biddle, Mrs. Biddle, Mr. Henry Biddle
1958 Tom Thumb Woody
1960 The Time Machine David Filby, James Filby
1976 Baker's Hawk Paul Carson
1978 The Cat from Outer Space Doctor Winger
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol Scrooge McDuck Feature-length animated short
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Hiram Flaversham Feature-length animated film
1987 Alice Through the Looking Glass White Knight Feature-length animated film
1990 DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Scrooge McDuck Feature-length animated film
1993 Disney Sing-Along Songs Scrooge McDuck "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
1994 Beverly Hills Cop III Dave Thornton
1996 The Flintstones Christmas in Bedrock Additional voices
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Scrooge McDuck Direct-to-video film
2002 The Time Machine Flower Store Worker
2004 Em & Me Grandfather San Diego Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Monaco International Festival Best Actor Award
2004 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Scrooge McDuck Direct-to-video film

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1950-1953 The Alan Young Show Alan Television version
Lead Role
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1951)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy for Most Outstanding Personality (1951)
1954 General Electric Theater Alan Parker "Wild Luke's Boy"
1955 Screen Director's Playhouse Ernest Stockhoeffer/Vernon Hathaway "The Life of Vernon Hathaway"
1955-1956 Studio One George Abernathy, Timothy "The Man Who Caught The Ball at Coogan's Bluff"
"This Will Do Nicely"
1956 Chevron Hall of Stars Robinson "I Killed John Harrington"
1956 Matinee Theatre "Ask Me No Questions"
1956 Studio 57 Hector Tutwilder "Swing Your Partner, Hector"
1956-1958 The Steve Allen Show Himself 5 episodes
1958 Alan Young (TV series) Alan 3 episodes
1959 Five Fingers Carl "Thin Ice"
1959 Encounter Wilbur Bowser "The Last of the Hot Pilots"
1960 Startime Clarence "Tennessee Ernie Ford Meets King Arthur"
1961-1966 Mr. Ed Wilbur Post Lead Role
143 episodes
1962 Death Valley Days John Stetson "The Hat That Won the West"
1966 Mr. Terrific Stanley Beamish TV pilot
1976 Gibbsville Kanzler "Saturday Night"
1978-1980 Battle of the Planets 7-Pack-7, Keyop English dub
1978, 1983 The Love Boat Ross, Phil Sharp 2 episodes
1981 Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends Mr. Frump "The Fantastic Mr. Frump"
1982 The Incredible Hulk Cyclops "The Cyclops Project"
1982-1989 The Smurfs Farmer Smurf, Miner Smurf, Scaredy Smurf 49 episodes
1983 Alvin and the Chipmunks Grandpa Seville "Grandpa and Grandma Seville"
1983 The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show Gaggy Rogers "Wedding Bell Boos!"
1984 Robo Force S.O.T.A. TV Movie
1984 Down to Earth Alistar Coogan "Everything Old Is New Again"
1986 Murder She Wrote Floyd Nelson "Keep the Home Fries Burning"
1987 St. Elsewhere Knox "A Coupla White Dummies Sitting Around Talking"
1987-1990 DuckTales Scrooge McDuck Lead Role
100 episodes
1988-1989 Coming of Age Ed Pepper 15 episodes
1990 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Scrooge McDuck "A DuckTales Valentine"
1990 TaleSpin Doctor "The Old Man and the Sea Duck"
1990 City Donald "Just a Passing Dad"
1992 Raw Toonage Scrooge McDuck "The Treasure of The Sierra Marsdre"
1993 A Flintstone Family Christmas Mr. Gravelberry TV Movie
1994 Batman: The Animated Series Tod Baker "Baby-Doll"
1994 Party of Five Jack Gordon "Homework"
1994-1995 The Ren & Stimpy Show Haggis McHaggis 4 episodes
1995 Duckman Wilbur Nelson "America the Beautiful"
1997 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Mr. Berry "Sweet Charity"
1999 Mickey Mouse Works Scrooge McDuck 2 episodes
2000 ER Archie Mellonston "Benton Backwards"
2001 Maybe It's Me Abe Lasky "The Hair Episode"
2002 House of Mouse Scrooge McDuck 3 episodes
2004 Static Shock Dr. McDonald "Now You See Him"
2004 Megas XLR Jax 2 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1997 The Curse of Monkey Island Haggis McMutton
2008 Disney Think Fast Scrooge McDuck
2009 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Scrooge McDuck
2013 Disney Magical World Scrooge McDuck
2013 DuckTales: Remastered Scrooge McDuck

References[edit]

  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 Actors.com"
  7. ^ Adams, Cindy (October 15, 2008). "Old Horse Tale Full of Sadness". New York Post. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 

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