Alan Young, Star Of 1960s Sitcom 'Mister Ed,' Dies At 96

Saturday, May 21st 2016, 10:25 am
By: News On 6

Actor-comedian Alan Young, who played the amiable straight man to a talking horse in the 1960s sitcom "Mister Ed," has died, a spokeswoman for the Motion Picture and Television Home said Friday. He was 96.

His manager confirms to CBS News that Alan has died. He had been living in the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, California.

The English-born, Canadian-educated Young died Thursday, according to Jaime Larkin, spokeswoman for the retirement community where Young had lived for four years. His children were with him when he died peacefully of natural causes, she said.

Young was already a well-known radio and TV comedian, having starred in his own Emmy-winning variety show, when "Mister Ed" was being readied at comedian George Burns' production company. Burns is said to have told his staff: "Get Alan Young. He looks like the kind of guy a horse would talk to."

Mister Ed was a golden Palomino who spoke only to his owner, Wilbur Post, played by Young. Fans enjoyed the horse's deep, droll voice ("WIL-bur-r-r-r-r") and the goofy theme song lyrics ("A horse is a horse, of course, of course ... "). Cowboy star Allan "Rocky" Lane supplied Mr. Ed's voice.

The grave of Mister Ed is located just north of Tahlequah.  According to the Oklahoma Department of Tourism, Mister Ed spent the rest of his life in Oklahoma after the TV show ended and his Hollywood career was over. He lived on the farm until he passed away in 1979. 

The Associated Press contributed to this story.