Alan Young, famous for his role as the human companion to a talking horse in sitcom Mister Ed, died on Thursday (local time), at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, California. He was aged 96.
The UK-born, Canadian-raised actor had lived in a retirement community for four years. His children were with him when he died of natural causes.
In the series, which ran from 1961-1966 on US network CBS, Young played architect Wilbur Post, who owned the wacky talking horse with his wife, Carol. Mr Ed would only talk for Wilbur, and could occasionally get him into trouble.
Young was also the voice of Disney character Scrooge McDuck on Duck Tales and voiced several other animated characters. He had made numerous cameos on dozens of TV shows.
The actor appeared in several films, including Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, Tom Thumb, The Cat from Outer Space and The Time Machine.
His low-key style was first showcased to a large US audience in 1944 with The Alan Young Show on ABC radio.
In 1940, Young married Mary Anne Grimes and had a daughter, Alana, and a son, Alan Jr. The couple divorced in 1947.
Young married singer Virginia McCurdy in 1948 and had a son, Cameron Angus, and a daughter, Wendy.
He is survived by his four children.