Monday, April 30, 2012
15 Greatest TV Characters of the 1960s: Mister Ed
Portrayed by: Bamboo Harvester; voiced by Allan Lane
TV series: Mister Ed (1961-66)
Family and Friends: Wilbur Post was not only Ed's owner, but also his best friend (Ed affectionately calls him "Buddy Boy"). Ed's mother, Betsy, was a plough horse. Ed tried to adopt a son, Snuffy, in the episode "My Son, My Son." Ed was quite the ladies' horse. He had many girlfriends, including Princess Helen (he gave her a heart-shaped bundle of hay), Daphne (an equine film star), Sabrina, and Lady Linda. Friends who attended his nine-year-old birthday party included Domino, Flossie, and Frenchie.
Talents: Well, Ed could talk! He was also a musician (played the accordion, wrote a song called "Empty Feedbag Blues"); painter; athlete (played baseball, surfed, etc.); college mascot; and interior decorator.
Trademarks: Feigned illness to garner sympathy (e.g., used apples in his cheeks for "Ed Gets the Mumps"); left detailed notes on his whereabouts when he ran away from home.
Classic quotes: "I love Christmas. Wilbur is so full of the spirit of giving and I'm so full of the spirit of receiving" and "You know, I only talk to you, Wilbur."
Celebrities Who Met Ed: Zsa Zsa Gabor, Mae West, Leo Durocher, George Burns, and Clint Eastwood.
Classic episodes: "Ed the Stowaway" (Ed goes to Hawaii and surfs); "The Horsetronaut" (Ed volunteers to be the first horse in space); and "Ed Goes to College" (to become a Ph.D.--Palomino Horse Doctor).