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Alan Young (Scrooge McDuck) has passed away at 96

Patty Rose

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Alan Young, who played the hapless yet protective owner of a talking horse on the popular television comedy "Mister Ed," has died at age 96, according to officials at the Motion Picture & Television Home in Woodland Hills, California.

He died Thursday of natural causes with his children at his side, the organization said.
Young also was a well-received voice actor, with appearances as Scrooge McDuck in many Disney productions and as Farmer Smurf and other characters in the 1980s-era cartoon.
Young appeared on several shows before being cast as Wilbur Post on "Mister Ed," which became one of the most popular shows of the early 1960s. One of his previous shows, "The Alan Young Show," won a prime-time Emmy.
According to a 1990 story in the Los Angeles Times, famed comedian George Burns financed "Mister Ed" and told his co-owner they should cast Young because "he looks like the kind of guy a horse would talk to."
Young told the newspaper that Wilbur Post was bumbling while Mister Ed was wily.
"I think it's the same chemistry that made Laurel and Hardy, and Jackie Gleason and Art Carney," he said. "It's the one guy making a fool of the other guy."
The show, which ran weekly from 1961 until 1966, featured a horse who talked (with help from a never-seen human voice actor) but Mister Ed spoke only to his owner, much to Wilbur Post's frustration.
Young had 101 acting credits, according to the Internet Movie Database, including the 1960 science fiction film "The Time Machine." He made many guest appearances on television after taking a long break after the end of "Mister Ed."

I'm absolutely heart-broken by this. While I didn't watch much of his works, I loved him as Haggis McHaggis on Ren & Stimpy. 96 was such a great age to live up to, and with my fear of him being on the 2016 celebrity death-list, It finally came true. :(

But it's ok, he's in a place where life is like a hurricane, and everyday he's out there making DuckTales! Woo!

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Well, I had a feeling this would be coming. In fact, in my third "Total Cartoon" season, I even MADE the voice of Haggis McHaggis to be replaced by Rob Paulsen, because I figured that Alan Young might DIE while my third season was in progress. Turns out, I was pretty accurate! Hopefully, maybe the deaths of 2016 will DIE down (pun intended) after this.

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