Angus "Alan" Young was an English-American actor, comedian, radio host and television host/personality who starred in his own radio and television shows in the 1940s and 1950s, including the Emmy Award-winning Alan Young Show. He is best known for his leading role as Wilbur Post on the classic prime time sitcom Mister Ed, and also co-starred with Rod Taylor in the 1960 sci-fi classic The Time Machine.
For Disney, he provided the voice of Scrooge McDuck from 1974 to 2016. Young was the first actor to voice Scrooge with a genuine Scottish accent. He was born to Scottish parents and raised in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh after his father moved the family there when Young was a toddler, and although he had tried to get rid of his Scottish accent when he moved to America, it proved useful when he was cast as Scrooge. Young once said in an interview that he based Scrooge's voice on the voice of his own Scottish father. Young was later cast as another well-known Scottish cartoon character: Haggis McHaggis from The Ren & Stimpy Show.
Young's other animated roles include Hiram Flaversham in The Great Mouse Detective and Doctor Cooper in the TaleSpin episode "The Old Man and the Sea Duck". His only live-action role for Disney was Dr. Winger in The Cat from Outer Space.
He also voiced Mickey Mouse and Merlin in the Disneyland record album An Adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol, Performed by The Walt Disney Players, for which Young also wrote the script. It would be the first and only time that Young voiced them. The album also marked Young's first performance as Scrooge McDuck.
Filmography as Scrooge McDuck
Arguably Alan Young's most notable animated role was that of Scrooge McDuck, a character he voiced for over 40 years, making him one of the longest-running voice actors for the same character in Disney history. While he is best known for portraying Scrooge as the main character in the popular 1987-90 animated series DuckTales, Young portrayed the role throughout a wide variety of Disney projects, including (but not limited to):
- Mickey's Christmas Carol
- Mickey's Christmas Carol (audiobook version)
- Disney Read-Along series
- DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
- Raw Toonage
- The Twelve Days of Christmas (Disney Records)
- Disney Sing Along Songs: The Twelve Days of Christmas
- Disney On Ice
- Disney theme park appearances
- Disney Mania (1990-1992)
- Mickey's Starland Show (1990-1992)
- A Sparkling Christmas Spectacular - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
- Numerous others
- Mickey Mouse Works
- Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
- House of Mouse
- Mickey's Christmas Carol (Storyteller version)
- Disney's Party
- Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
- Disney Th!nk Fast
- Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
- DuckTales Remastered
- DuckTales: Scrooge's Loot
- Disney Magical World
- Disney Magical World 2
- Mickey Mouse
- Alan Young was one of the many celebrities to attend the opening of Disneyland and can be seen in the Dateline: Disneyland opening day broadcast.
- Although his role as Scrooge McDuck had already been recast in the reboot series of DuckTales, Young was originally going to have a guest role on the new series as Scrooge’s father, Fergus McDuck. However, these plans were canceled, as Young passed away before his lines could be recorded, thus voice actor Graham McTavish got the role for Fergus McDuck.
- Young and Scrooge's creator, Carl Barks, were in contact with each other and were familiar with each others' work on the character. Barks told Young that he liked Young's portrayal of Scrooge, and thought it fit the character well.
- Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records p.142-143