Angus "Alan" Young is a British-born American actor and voice actor
best known for his role as Wilbur Post in the television series Mister Ed
and as the voice of Scrooge McDuck in Disney
films, TV series and video games. Young also starred in his own shows on radio and television during the 1940s and 1950s.
As a boy, Alan Young suffered from severe asthma, keeping him bedridden for long periods of time, which encouraged his love of radio, becoming a radio performer by age thirteen and them began writing and performing in his own radio show for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation by age seventeen. The show was broadcasted in the United States, initiating Young’s career as an “All-American Boy” despite his British origins, becoming popular on American radio from 1944 to 1949 with his Alan Young Radio Show
When radio begun to lose its popularity and his show was canceled, Young decided to put together a comedy act and tour the United States theatre circuit. After this experience, he wrote a television pilot for CBS
in 1950, resulting in the well-received live revue The Alan Young Show
that ran for three years. However, the strain of writing and performing a weekly show got to Young and the quality of the show declined, leading to his departure from the show and its cancellation.
Based on his popularity on radio and television, Alan Young had established a film career and made his film debut in Margie
. Later in his career, Young founded a broadcast division for the Christian Church and provided voices for animated cartoons.
Alan Young wed Mary Anne Grimes in 1941 and both had two children but divorced in 1947. He then married Virginia McCurdy a year later and had two children as well. They stayed married until McCurdy’s death in 2011.
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- Acting for Two: In The Time Machine, he not only played David Filby but both the younger and older James Filby.
- Wilbur Post and his father, Agnus from Mister Ed.
- Takes it up to the next step when he plays three characters, one of them being a woman, in Gentlemen Marry Brunettes.
- Actor Allusion: Voiced Grandpa Seville on Alvin and the Chipmunks who’s a farmer. Alan Young not only voiced Farmer Smurf, but he had played an earlier role of a farmer named Aaron Slick in Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick.
Then in an episode of DuckTales and DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp has his character Scrooge deal with a genie. The first time, not only did he deal with a genie named Gourdy, but he was the genie's ‘mastuh.’
- Plays a character named “Uncle” Dave in Beverly Hills Cop III, the ‘uncle’ coming from (Great) Uncle Scrooge McDuck and ‘Dave’ coming from David Filby.
- Besides the Scottish accent he provides Scrooge McDuck, Alan Young provided Scottish accents for Miner Smurf, Wilbur Post’s father and David Filby.
- Young voiced one time character Wilbur Nelson on Duckman, alluding to not only one of his best known roles as Wilbur Post, but appeared as Wilbur Bowser in an episode of Encounter.
- Before voicing Haggis McMutton on The Curse of Monkey Island, Alan voiced another character named Haggin in The Ren & Stimpy Show named Haggis MacHaggis.
- Plays Bill in an episode of Kelly Kelly who’s a great uncle, alluded to the fact his previous role of Scrooge McDuck who’s a ‘great-uncle’ to Huey, Dewey, Louie and a surrogate one to Webby.
- And Starring: Receives an “AND ALAN YOUNG AS ANDROCLES” in Androcles and the Lion despite being the titular character.
- Captain Ersatz / Expy: Again, his “Uncle Dave” character in Beverly Hills Cop III is loosely based on Scrooge McDuck and David Filby.
- The Eponymous Show: Not only starred in American radio and television series The Alan Young Show but was also the host.
- Evil Old Folks: Plays one alongside Marjorie Lovett in episode segment “The Diner” in the sixth episode of Beyond Belief Fact Or Fiction’s first season.
- Ill Boy: Suffered from bronchial asthma as a boy that made him bedridden for long periods of time, four months maximum, each year.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Grandpa Seville from Alvin and the Chipmunks bares a strong likeness to Alan.
- Remake Cameo: Is the only actor from any of the other three The Time Machine incarnationsnote appear in the 2002 The Time Machine remake.
- Role Reprisal: Repeated the role of David Filby for a sketch for a 1992 documentary on The Time Machine.