I met Alan Young at a Sons of the Desert banquet in Philadelphia, quite a few years ago. As I have mentioned before, the Sons of the Desert is a club dedicated to the study of Laurel and Hardy.
Alan Young is a delightful man. What I like about being a member of a group like the SoD is the accessibility you have to meet and chat with people whom you have enjoyed in movies and on TV. It is one thing to go to a huge convention that is open to the public and stand in line to get an autograph and exchange pleasantries with a star, but at a SoD banquet or convention, you get to communicate with them...to sit in the bar and share a drink and a real conversation about the old days. And they seem to enjoy it as much as we do.
Alan Young was born in 1919 in England. He is most famous for his work on TV with a talking horse! He plays the bagpipes well, and he did for us at the banquet.
His first film was Margie in 1946 with Jeanne Crain. My earliest memory of him came on a recording of the soundtrack of his 1952 film, Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick, which I believe were red, 78 rpm records, in a box set complete with a cartoon cover depicting Young and co-star Dinah Shore. I was only 2 years old when that movie came out, but by the time I was 4 or 5, a memory of that record set that my parents bought, and the old console radio/record player from RCA was implanted in me.
He had another good part in 1952 in Androcles and the Lion, and his career was off to a great start. He found TV, or maybe it found him, in 1954, and he was also quite good at voicing animation. He became the voice of Scrooge McDuck!
His part as Wilbur Post in "Mister Ed" lasted from 1961 to 1966, and must have given him many wonderful memories. It was one of my favorites, of course, of course. The guest stars he got to work with on those 144 episodes in five years is amazing, and worthy of recognition in another post.
Pardon me if I have waxed rhapsodic in this post, but the memories are what keep us young. I guess Alan is still young because at 91 years old, he is still working. Alan also has a great web site and you can purchase autographed items from him. Just go to http://www.mister-ed.tv/welcome.html.
No, Alan Young was not a Bit Actor, but I had to include him in my blog, which is really dedicated to everyone in entertainment. Alan Young is a star! All my best, Alan, and thanks for the memories.