Alan Young, an actor probably most recognizable to children of the 1980s and 90s as the voice of Scrooge McDuck, passed away Thursday at age 96 according to Variety.
The actor also had a memorable role as Filby in the 1960 George Pal production of The Time Machine. As the only man willing to believe the Traveler’s story, he is also notices the Traveler took three books with him on his return trip to the distant future. Young would reprise the role in a short scene for the 1993 documentary The Time Machine: The Journey Back in which the Traveler attempts to convince him to come to the future.
Young was also the star of the 1950s and 60s comedy Mister Ed, in which he minded a horse who would talk to him — and only him — in contemporary English and lead him into wacky situations. The show continued on in reruns and made a lasting impression on the television landscape
But around these parts, he is likely best known as the voice of Scrooge McDuck. Though not the first man to play Donald Duck’s miserly uncle, he was the definitive Scrooge for a generation who grew up to rebroadcasts of Mickey’s Christmas Carol on NBC and the animated series DuckTales, in which Young’s Scrooge learned there was more to life than money.
Well, some of the time, anyway.
Slightly older kids will also remember him as the voice of 7-Zark-7 on the late 1970s animated series Battle of the Planets. As an American remix of the Japanese series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, Young’s robot persona — suspiciously drawn to look like R2D2 — often reassured the audience that no one died in the footage of buildings exploding or cars crashing. His animated hi-jinks also took the place of some of the more graphic moments from the original Gatchaman that the producer could never get past the censors.
But for me, I’ll always remember him this way: