The man behind the horse on beloved 1960s series Mr. Ed just passed away at age 96

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Alan Young, who played Wilbur on the 1960’s hit show about a talking horse “Mister Ed,” has died at the age of 96.

Young, who was born in England and went to school in Canada, was surrounded by his children when he passed away on Thursday of natural causes, according to Jaime Larkin, a spokeswoman for the retirement community where the actor lived, Fox News reported.

The show was a popular staple in the 60s and featured a talking horse who would only speak to its owner Wilbur.

It was based loosely on a series of 1950’s movies titled “Francis the Talking Mule,” according to Fox News.

Celebrities, including Clint Eastwood, Mae West and baseball legend Sandy Koufax, were guests on the hit show.

Young and the horse were close off-camera, as well.

When Ed would be scolded by his trainer “he would come over to me, like, ‘Look what he said to me,'” Young said according to Fox News.

In addition to his iconic role, Young appeared in many films, like “Gentlemen Marry Brunettes,” “Tom Thumb” and “The Time Machine,” among others.

He also played the voice of “Scrooge McDuck” on the 1990’s hit cartoon “Ducktales.”

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