Sterling Holloway

Sterling Holloway

  • Highest Rated: 100% Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
  • Lowest Rated: 53% Blonde Venus (1932)
  • Birthday: Jan 4, 1905
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Famed for his country-bumpkin features and fruity vocal intonations, American actor Sterling Holloway left his native Georgia as a teenager to study acting in New York City. Working through the Theatre Guild, the young Holloway was cast in the first Broadway production of songwriters Rodgers and Hart, Garrick Gaieties. In the 1925 edition of the revue, Holloway introduced the Rodgers-Hart standard "I'll Take Manhattan;" in the 1926 version, the actor introduced another hit, "Mountain Greenery." Hollywood beckoned, and Holloway made a group of silent two-reelers and one feature, the Wallace Beery vehicle Casey at the Bat (1927), before he was fired by the higher-ups because they deemed his face "too grotesque" for movies. Small wonder that Holloway would insist in later years that he was never satisfied with any of the work Hollywood would throw his way, and longed for the satisfaction of stage work. When talkies came, Holloway's distinctive voice made him much in demand, and from 1932 through the late '40s he became the archetypal soda jerk, messenger boy, and backwoods rube. His most rewarding assignments came from Walt Disney Studios, where Holloway provided delightful voiceovers for such cartoon productions as Dumbo (1941), Bambi (1942), Alice in Wonderland (1951), Ben and Me (1954) and The Jungle Book (1967). Holloway's most enduring role at Disney was as the wistful voice of Winnie the Pooh in a group of mid-'60s animated shorts. On the "live" front, Holloway became fed up of movie work one day when he found his character being referred to as "boy" - and he was past forty at the time. A few satisfactory film moments were enjoyed by Holloway as he grew older; he starred in an above-average series of two reel comedies for Columbia Pictures from 1946 to 1948 (in one of these, 1948's Flat Feat, he convincingly and hilariously impersonated a gangster), and in 1956 he had what was probably the most bizarre assignment of his career when he played a "groovy" hipster in the low-budget musical Shake, Rattle and Rock (1956). Holloway worked prodigiously in TV during the '50s and '60s as a regular or semi-regular on such series as The Life of Riley, Adventures of Superman and The Baileys of Balboa. Edging into retirement in the '70s, Sterling Holloway preferred to stay in his lavish hilltop house in San Laguna, California, where he maintained one of the most impressive and expensive collections of modern paintings in the world.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Winnie the Pooh: A Day for Eeyore Winnie the Pooh 1983
No Score Yet Thunder and Lightning Hobe Carpenter 1977
100% Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Winnie the Pooh 1977
No Score Yet Super Seal Actor 1977
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Old man on bus 1976
No Score Yet Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too Winnie the Pooh 1974
66% The Aristocats Roquefort 1970
No Score Yet Live a Little, Love a Little Milkman 1968
No Score Yet Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Winnie the Pooh 1968
87% The Jungle Book Kaa 1967
No Score Yet Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Pooh 1965
69% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Fire Chief 1963
No Score Yet The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Barber 1960
No Score Yet Alakazam the Great Actor 1960
No Score Yet Shake, Rattle and Rock! Axe 1957
No Score Yet Kentucky Rifle Lon Setter 1956
81% Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat 1951
63% The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend Basserman Boy 1949
No Score Yet Saddle Pals Waldo T. Brooks Jr. 1947
No Score Yet Twilight on the Rio Grande Pokie 1947
No Score Yet Trail to San Antone Droopy Stearns 1947
No Score Yet Robin Hood of Texas Droopy 1947
No Score Yet Sioux City Sue Nelson 'Nellie' Bly 1946
No Score Yet Peter and the wolf Narrator 1946
70% Make Mine Music Narrator ("Peter and the Wolf") Director 1946
No Score Yet Death Valley Slim 1946
100% A Walk in the Sun McWilliams 1945
No Score Yet Wildfire 'Alkali' Jones 1945
82% The Three Caballeros Narrator/Professor Holloway 1944
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm "Sweater, Sarong, and Peek-a-Boo Bang" Number 1942
90% Bambi Adult Flower 1942
No Score Yet Iceland (Katina) Svensson 1942
No Score Yet The Lady Is Willing Arthur Miggle 1942
No Score Yet Look Who's Laughing Rusty 1941
98% Dumbo Stork 1941
No Score Yet Cheers for Miss Bishop Chris Jensen 1941
90% Meet John Doe Dan 1941
No Score Yet Little Men Reporter 1940
No Score Yet The Blue Bird Wild Plum 1940
100% Remember the Night Willie Simms 1940
No Score Yet Nick Carter, Master Detective Bee-Catcher 1939
No Score Yet Professor Beware Rupert the Bridegroom 1938
No Score Yet Of Human Hearts Chauncey at Age 18 1938
No Score Yet Varsity Show Trout 1937
No Score Yet The Woman I Love Duprez 1937
No Score Yet Maid of Salem Miles Corbin 1937
No Score Yet When Love Is Young Orville Kane 1937
No Score Yet Rendezvous Taxi Driver 1935
No Score Yet Advice to the Lovelorn Benny 1935
No Score Yet Life Begins at 40 Chris 1935
No Score Yet Doubting Thomas Spindler 1935
No Score Yet I Live My Life Mac 1935
80% The Merry Widow Orderly 1934
No Score Yet Gift of Gab Sound Effects Man 1934
No Score Yet Down to Their Last Yacht Freddy Finn 1934
No Score Yet Tomorrow's Children Dr. Dorsey 1934
No Score Yet Operator 13 Wounded Soldier 1934
No Score Yet Strictly Dynamite Fleming 1934
67% Alice in Wonderland Frog 1933
80% Dancing Lady Pinky, the Author 1933
80% Female Actor 1933
88% Wild Boys of the Road (Dangerous Days) Ollie 1933
No Score Yet When Ladies Meet (Strange Skirts) (Truth Is Stranger) Jerome, the Sneezing Caddy 1933
No Score Yet Professional Sweetheart Scribe 1933
No Score Yet Hell Below Seaman Jenks 1933
100% Gold Diggers of 1933 Messenger Boy 1933
No Score Yet Picture Snatcher Journalism student 1933
No Score Yet Elmer, the Great Nick Kane 1933
No Score Yet Fast Workers Pinky Magoo 1933
No Score Yet Blondie Johnson Red Charley 1933
No Score Yet Hard to Handle Andy 1933
No Score Yet Lawyer Man Olga's Dining Friend 1933
No Score Yet International House Entertain/Sailor 1933
53% Blonde Venus Hitchhiker 1932
No Score Yet American Madness Oscar 1932
No Score Yet Faithless Photographer 1932
80% Going Hollywood Radio Technician 1923

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
Voice
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Elmo
  • 1970
  • 1969
90% Gilligan's Island
1964-1967
Burt
  • 1967
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
TV Repairman
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Bert Miller
  • 1962
No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre
1956-1961
Luther
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Uncle Oscar Uncle Oscar Quinn Prof. Twiddle
  • 1955
  • 1954
  • 1953

QUOTES FROM Sterling Holloway CHARACTERS

Cheshire Cat
Can you stand on your head?
Cheshire Cat
You may have noticed that I'm not all there (vanishes from tail to head as he says it)
Cheshire Cat
You may have noticed that I'm not all there [vanishes from tail to head as he says it]
Owl
Dash it all, he's gone.
Winnie-the-Pooh
After all, he's not in the book, you know.
Owl
*cough* oh.
Gopher
Big job! Take two, three days.
Winnie-the-Pooh
Three days? What about lunches?
Gopher
No problem, I always go home for lunch.
Winnie-the-Pooh
It's no use. I'm stuck.
Winnie-the-Pooh
*snore* I wonder what's for breakfast...
Winnie-the-Pooh
(looks inside a honey pot) Oh, bother! Empty again. Only the sticky parts left.
Winnie-the-Pooh
I like Rabbit, because he uses short, easy words, like "how about lunch" and "help yourself, Pooh."
Winnie-the-Pooh
I like Rabbit, because he uses short, easy words, like 'how about lunch' and 'help yourself, Pooh.'
Narrator
Now, honey rhymes with bunny, and bunny rhymes with...
Winnie-the-Pooh
Rabbit!
Winnie-the-Pooh
(tries to get out of Rabbit's hole) *grunt* Oh, help! And bother. I'm stuck.
Tigger
Tiggers love honey!
Winnie-the-Pooh
I was afraid of that.
Tigger
(eats some honey) Yuck! Tiggers do not like honey!
Winnie-the-Pooh
(hears a knock at the door) Hello, out there! Oh, I hope nobody answers... (opens door)
Tigger
(pounces on Pooh) Hello, I'm Tigger! T-i-double guh-er. That spells Tigger!
Winnie-the-Pooh
(a bee buzzes around him) That buzzing noise means something... now, the only reason for making a buzzing noise if you... are a bee! (bee flies off) And the only reason for being a bee is to make honey. And the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it!
Narrator
Now, the first thing Pooh thought of was...
Winnie-the-Pooh
Winnie the Pooh?
Narrator
(laughs) No! Christopher Robin.
Winnie-the-Pooh
Oh.
Stork
Happy birthday to you a happy birthday too you. Happy birthday a dear...a dear. Dear me what's his name?
Stork
Happy birthday to you a happy birthday too you. Happy birthday a dear... a dear. Dear me what's his name?
Elephant
Jumbo...Junior
Elephant
Jumbo. Junior.
Stork
Oh Jumbo Junior huh? Jumbo Junior. Happy birthday a dear a Jumbo Junior. Happy birthday. Toooooo *gasp* yoooooou.