Sterling Holloway - Rotten Tomatoes

Sterling Holloway

Highest Rated:   100% A Walk in the Sun (1945)
Lowest Rated:   57% Blonde Venus (1932)
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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 YEAR
No Score Yet Winnie the Pooh: A Day for Eeyore
  • Winnie the Pooh
1983
No Score Yet Thunder and Lightning
  • Hobe Carpenter
1977
92% 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 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
  • Winnie the Pooh
1968
No Score Yet Live a Little, Love a Little
  • Milkman
1968
86% The Jungle Book
  • Kaa
1967
No Score Yet Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
  • Pooh
1965
75% 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
79% Alice in Wonderland
  • Cheshire Cat
1951
71% 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
67% Make Mine Music
  • Director
  • Narrator ("Peter and the Wolf")
1946
No Score Yet Death Valley
  • Slim
1946
100% A Walk in the Sun
  • McWilliams
1945
No Score Yet Wildfire
  • 'Alkali' Jones
1945
No Score Yet Wild Fire
  • Actor
1945
88% The Three Caballeros
  • Narrator/Professor Holloway
1944
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm
  • "Sweater, Sarong, and Peek-a-Boo Bang" Number
1942
89% 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
97% Dumbo
  • Stork
1941
No Score Yet Cheers for Miss Bishop
  • Chris Jensen
1941
89% 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 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
88% 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 Alice in Wonderland
  • Frog
1933
No Score Yet Dancing Lady
  • Pinky, the Author
1933
No Score Yet 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
57% Blonde Venus
  • Hitchhiker
1932
No Score Yet American Madness
  • Oscar
1932
No Score Yet Faithless
  • Photographer
1932
No Score Yet Going Hollywood
  • Radio Technician
1923

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre
1956-1961
  • Luther
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • TV Repairman

Quotes from Sterling Holloway's Characters