‘Mr Ed’ actor Alan Young has died at the age of 96

Young was best known for his role as Wilbur Post in the 1960s sitcom

Actor Alan Young, best known as the star of US sitcom Mister Ed, has died at the age of 96.

Young, who was born in the UK in 1919, was best known for his role as Wilbur Post in the 1960s sitcom – in which he starred alongside an eponymous talking horse.

The show ran for six seasons on CBS between 1961 and 1966 – but still regularly appears on US television reruns.

The actor was also known for his work on classic cartoons, and provided the voice of curmudgeonly Disney character Scrooge McDuck, alongside appearances in both The Smurfs and Scooby Doo.
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He also received praise for his work on his own self-titled show which ran between 1950 and 1953, winning an Emmy for best variety show in 1951, alongside an award for best actor.

Young was also known for his big screen appearances, including a role in a 1960 adaptation of HG Wells’ The Time Machine.

His manager of 30 years, Gene Yusem, said that the actor died earlier this week at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital, a Los Angeles retirement home specifically for veterans of the movie and TV industry.

He said: “He was an honest, decent man, a pleasure to work with and never a problem.”