Alan Young (November 19, 1919-May 19, 2016)

I am deeply saddened to report that Alan Young has passed away, he was 96.

He spent the last four years at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills and passed away of natural causes with his children by his side.

According to the Associated Press, Young married Mary Anne Grimes in 1940 and they had a daughter, Alana, and a son, Alan Jr. The marriage ended in 1947. A year later, he married Virginia McCurdy in 1948. They had a son, Cameron Angus, and a daughter, Wendy.

Alan will be best remembered for his role as Wilbur Post in the hit series Mr. Ed and his roles as David Filby and son James in the George Pal production of The Time Machine.

Alan won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1951 for best actor and had his star added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his performances on The Alan Young Radio Show.

Alan penned two books in his later years ablout his life and career, "Mr. Ed and Me" and "There's no Business like Show Business... was."

Alan was always respectful of his fans and attended local autograpgh shows regularly until his health began to decline.

I met Alan at one of the shows and he graciouslly allowed me to visit him in his home to do an interview in regards to his roles in The Time Machine. The interview is located here.

A more gracious and friendlier person than Alan would be hard to find. As the light from the stars in heaven shine on long after the star itself has expired so shall the influence from Alan Young have on us.

~Don Coleman

 

An in depth look at Alan's life and career has been posted by The LA Times


Rod Taylor as George ans Alan Young as David Filby in
The Time Machine (1960)

Rod Taylor as George ans Alan Young as a young James Filby in
The Time Machine (1960)

Rod Taylor as George ans Alan Young as an old James Filby in
The Time Machine (1960)

Guy Pearce as Alexander Hartigan and Alan Young as a shop keeper in The Time Machine (2002)

 

 

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