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Actor Alan Young has died at the age of 96. Born Angus Young, on November 19, 1919, Young is perhaps best known as Wilbur Post, from the Mister Ed TV show, which began in syndication and was picked up by CBS. Young also provided the voice for Scrooge McDuck on the DuckTales TV show and other Disney properties.
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The film and TV world lost another one of its beloved greats today, in a year where the deaths of iconic stars seem more commonplace than ever. Alan Young, who played Wilbur Post on Mr. Ed and voiced the iconic Scrooge McDuck for three decades, passed away this morning at the age of 96. The actor had been living at the Motion Picture and Television Fund facility in Woodland Hills, California at the time of his passing.
Alan Young was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England in 1919, before relocating to Edinburgh and later to Vancouver, British Columbia as a small child. He suffered from asthma as a young boy, which caused him to be bedridden for much of his childhood, when he took up a strong interest in radio. He had already become an accomplished radio performer by the age of 13, and at 17 years of age, he started writing and performing »
On the series, which ran from 1961-66 on CBS, Young played architect Wilbur Post, who was married to Carol (played by Connie Hines, who died in 2009) and kept a horse, Mr. Ed, in their suburban stable. Mr. Ed, voiced by Allan “Rocky” Lane, would speak only to Wilbur, but given Mr. Ed’s rather outlandish personality and the superbly mild affect of Young’s Wilbur, just who owned whom could occasionally be a matter of debate.
Young also voiced Scrooge McDuck and numerous other animated characters, as well as guesting on dozens of TV shows.
In 2005 “Mr. Ed” won a TV Land Award for most heart-warming pet-owner interaction. Young also directed four episodes of “Mr. Ed. »
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With Spider-Man currently leaping into headlines around the Internet following his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War [watch it here], a lot is being said about his costume. While it certainly evokes that Ditko style of the 1960s, there are some who think it’s the worst costume the character has ever worn. The animated eyes haven’t seemed to help matters [read the Flickering Myth reaction here].
So why don’t we take a trip down memory lane and look at other big-screen versions of your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man…
1978’s Spider-Man Strikes Back
The above image is taken from a TV movie which span off from the 1977 TV series The Amazing Spider-Man. The pilot episode was released as a feature film, but several episodes of the shows were re-edited together to create Spider-Man Strikes Back (a full two years before The »
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