Scrooge McDuck has passed away. No, it wasn’t from jumping face first into 90 feet of gold coins as he was known to do so many times. He died of natural causes. After all, he was 96 years old. We’re not actually talking about Disney’s animated duck character. The voice actor who portrayed him, Alan Young, is the one who has sadly passed away.
The Washington Post reported Young’s passing yesterday evening. They reported it as Wilbur from Mister Ed dying because that is probably his best known role. However, after playing a bestie to a talking horse he did go on to do other things. Among his body of work was a lot of voice acting. Starting in 1974 until just this year, one of those voices was of a rich duck who had three young adopted nephews that he took on adventures while their uncle was away on active duty. That rich duck was Scrooge McDuck.
Let’s stop here and focus on those poor boys. After what must have have been some horrible family tragedy, they were cared for by their adopted uncle who never wore pants. Due to him being in the navy at the time, they then had to be passed off to a miserly, old, pantless duck. He tended to throw caution to the wind and have them join him as he traveled the world on dangerous endeavors.
We’re probably a little off track here. Back to Alan Young. He was an accomplished actor who got his start in radio, then went on to star in such movies as The Time Machine and the television show Mister Ed. The title character of that CBS show, which aired from 1961 to 1966, was a talking horse who was best friends with a newlywed named Wilbur played by Alan Young. It was never explained why or how Mister Ed could talk to Wilbur but it had hilarious results. Towards the end of the show’s run, Young was director for most of the episodes.
Then there was the voice work. He did voices on everything from The Ren & Stimpy Show to Batman: The Animated series to the video game The Curse of Monkey Island and, of course, Scrooge McDuck who’s voice he provided for 42 years. There is one word for that: legacy. His legacy will be remembered and he will truly be missed.
Alan Young was 96 and is survived by four children.