R.I.P. Alan Young (1919 – 2016)

2016. It is really shaping up to be an incredibly bummer of a year in terms of our favorite actors, musicians, and artists passing away. Just a few hours ago it was announced that Alan Young had passed away at the age of 96, which is a good long life to be sure but I find myself still very much saddened by his loss.

At the very least he left us a long career in film and television as a legacy. I first came to know his work thanks to the 1978 Americanization of 1972’s Science Ninja Team Gatchaman with Battle of the Planets. Due to the necessity of editing the original footage for an American Audience they had to find a way to fill in the missing story elements, so the character of 7-Zark-7, voiced by Alan Young, was introduced to help smooth not just the storyline but give it a little bit of Star Wars flavor as well as some humor.

[Via] Inno

Of course he is probably best remembered for two roles. One of them animated and the other where Young played Wilbur Post, an everyman who finds himself the owner of a talking horse named Mr. Ed. In my youth I watched a ton of reruns of this popular show in which Wilbur would have to play straight man to the wisecracks of his equine friend, whose voice was provided by Allan “Rocky” Lane.

In this clip from TV Legends, Alan Young reveals how they made Mr. Ed truly look like he was talking.

I think that Alan Young might most famous for supplying the voice of none other than Scooge McDuck. He first played the part of Scrooge in 1974/1975’s An Adaptation of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, a production from Disneyland Records. Of course he portrayed the character again in the 1983 animated feature Mickey’s Christmas Carol but Young would really help Scrooge McDuck shine starting in 1987 thanks to the popular DuckTales TV series. Young would portray the character for 98 episodes as well as the 1990 theatrical DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp.

[Via] Mitch19872 (Personally I didn’t find 7-Zark-7 to annoying -Vic)

While I never had the pleasure of meeting Alan Young I was always struck with how much he seemed to be a true gentleman. Kind and courteous in interviews with a great deal of warmth. This might the reason why my favorite of his 102 acting credits is for his role as Filby, the best friend of Rod Taylor’s H. George Wells, the main protagonist for George Pal’s classic 1960 film adaptation of The Time Machine.

Alan Young

[Via] Movie Vigilante

We will dim the lights in the auditorium this weekend.


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