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Alan Young, actor who played Willllburrrrr on ‘Mister Ed,’ dies at 96 (+video)

Alan Young, an Emmy Award-winning comic actor best remembered for playing Wilbur, the human sidekick and wonky owner of a talking palomino horse in the 1960s television sitcom “Mister Ed,” died May 19 at the Motion Picture & Television Home in Woodland Hills, California. He was 96.

‘I’d like to buy the world a Coke’: The story behind the famous ad; its author has died (+video)

Coca-Cola’s television ad featuring the infectious “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” and considered by many to be “the world’s most famous ad,” first took America by storm in 1971. Last May, it filled American homes once more as the finale scene in AMC’s long-running “Mad Men.” But, popular as the show was, Don Draper didn’t write that jingle. Its true author was Bill Backer, who died Friday in Warrenton, Va., at 89.

Daniel J. Berrigan, pacifist priest who led antiwar protests, dies at 94

The Rev. Daniel J. Berrigan, a writer, teacher and longtime opponent of U.S. military involvement abroad, whose repeated acts of civil disobedience put him at odds with his government and the Roman Catholic Church but made him a major figure among advocates for peace and social justice, died April 30 at a Jesuit residence at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. He was 94.

Gato Barbieri, Grammy-winning saxophonist heard on ‘Last Tango in Paris’ score, dies at 83 (+video)

Gato Barbieri, an Argentine-born tenor saxophonist who became one of the first major Latin jazz stars with his steamy, Grammy Award-winning score to the 1972 film “Last Tango in Paris,” died April 2 at a hospital in New York City. He was 83.

Roberts B. Owen, lawyer and adviser during Iran and Bosnian crises, dies at 90

Roberts B. Owen, a Washington attorney who served as the State Department’s legal adviser during the Iran hostage crisis and played a crucial role as a negotiator and arbitrator at the end of the Bosnian war, determining the future of one of Bosnia’s most strategically important regions, died March 10 at his home in the District of Columbia. He was 90.