Charlie Chaplin of Television, The

Canadian comedian Alan Young, who played in the highest rated comedy shows on radio between 1944-50, was acclaimed by TV Guide magazine as “The Charlie Chaplin of Television.”

On January 25, 1950, he was presented an Emmy Award for both the “best actor” category and the “best variety” show for his CBS network program THE ALAN YOUNG SHOW which ran from 1950-53.

Over the years, Alan Young’s acting credits included providing the voice of Disney’s Scrooge McDuck, and portraying the amiable architect Wilbur Post on the equine comedy MISTER ED/CBS/1961-65.

Born on November 19, 1919 in Tynemouth, Northumberland, England, Alan Young, “The Charlie Chaplin of Television” died on May 19, 2016 (age 96) in Woodland Hills, California.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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