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June 19, 2014

Tinseltown Talks: Alan Young Remembers Mister Ed

What do David Filby, Scrooge McDuck, and Wilbur Post have in common? All were characters (“The Time Machine,” “DuckTales,” “Mister Ed,” respectively) played by actor Alan Young.
 
A resident of Studio City, Calif., for more than 50 years, Angus, as he was once known, was born in Northern England. His Scottish father soon moved the family to Edinburgh, then later to Canada when he was 6.
 
Suffering from prolonged bouts of asthma, young Angus was bedridden for months at a time. During those depressing weeks, his spirits would be lifted by tuning to Canada Radio and soon began to write his own comedy routines.
 
Later, his talents as a writer and performer were recognized and “The Angus Young Show” hit the Canadian radio waves. After changing his name to Alan, he headed to Los Angeles.
 
Though little remembered today, “The Alan Young Show" was a half-hour CBS variety program from 1950-53 and Young’s first major success in the U.S.
 
“It won several Emmys, including Best Variety Show in 1951 and I won for Best Actor,” recalled Young, who turns 95 in November.
 
But it was the role on “Mister Ed,” named after his talking horse co-star, that made Young a household name. One of the most popular series of the day when broadcast from 1958-1966, it can still be seen on cable TV today.
 
Despite its popularity (“Mister Ed” won a Golden Globe), the show never received an Emmy. But Ed did win the Patsy Award, given for the best animal actor by the American Humane Association.
 
“Ed won it so many times that [the AHA] asked me if I would mind if he didn't win one year,” said Young. “They were concerned people might think the award was ‘fixed!’ So the next year, Lassie won and Ed was second.”

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