Alan Young, star of 1960s sitcom ‘Mister Ed,’ dies at 96

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387656 10: Actor Alan Young who portrayed (Wilbur Post) in the 1960's television series "Mister Ed" signs autographs at the "Hollywood Collectors and Celebrities Show" April 7, 2001 in North Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)

387656 10: Actor Alan Young who portrayed (Wilbur Post) in the 1960’s television series “Mister Ed” signs autographs at the “Hollywood Collectors and Celebrities Show” April 7, 2001 in North Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alan Young, who played straight man to a talking horse in the 1960s sitcom “Mister Ed,” has died.

Jaime Larkin, a spokeswoman for the Motion Picture and Television Home in Los Angeles, says that Young died Thursday. He was 96.

“Mister Ed” premiered in 1961 and ran for four seasons. It was one of a rash of sitcoms in that era with elements of fantasy that included a visiting Martian, a witch married to a mortal and a talking car.

Young was already a well-known radio and TV comedian when he landed the role. He supposedly got the part after someone said he “looks like the kind of guy a horse would talk to.”

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    There are several typos and errors in this story… You also left out a lot about Alan’s amazing radio past. Sirius XM Radio Classics Rob Bell had a fascinating interview with him more than a year ago. Among other roles, I believe Alan was in Jimmy Durante’s supporting cast on radio before his own show. Also, he dated Marilyn Monroe before she became a star. Jim Backus was a supporting member of Alan’s show, and his character translated later to TV as Thurston Howell III. I loved Mister Ed, one of my favorite shows as a kid. RIP Alan Young…what a full and amazing life!