Sterling Holloway

Sterling Holloway

87 (passed away Nov. 22nd, 1992)
Jan. 4th, 1905
Born in
Cedartown, Georgia, USA
5' 10 1/2

Sterling Holloway's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Adventures of Superman TV Show
Adventures of Superman
Linus! The Lion Hearted TV Show
Linus! The Lion Hearted
The Baileys of Balboa TV Show
The Baileys of Balboa
The Life of Riley TV Show
The Life of Riley
Five Fingers TV Show
Five Fingers
The Celebrity Game TV Show
The Celebrity Game

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Popular American character actor of amusing appearance and voice whose long career led from dozens of highly enjoyable onscreen performances to world-wide familiarity as the voice of numerous Walt Disney animated films. Born in the American Deep South to grocer Sterling P. Holloway Sr. and Rebecca Boothby Holloway, he had a younger brother, Boothby. Holloway spent his early years as an actor playing comic juveniles on the stage. His bushy reddish-blond hair and trademark near-falsetto voice made him a natural for sound pictures, and he acted in scores of talkies, although he had made his picture debut in silents. His physical image and voice relegated him almost exclusively to comic roles, but in 1945, director Lewis Milestone cast him more or less against type in the classic war film A Walk in the Sun (1945), where Holloway's portrayal of a reluctant soldier was quite notable. He played frequently on television, becoming familiar to baby-boomers in a recurring role as Uncle Oscar on "Adventures of Superman" (1952), and later in television series of his own. His later work as the voice of numerous characters in Disney cartoons brought him new audiences and many fans, especially for his voicing of beloved Winnie the Pooh. He died in 1992.

  • A director once told him he was "too repulsive" for the [silent] silver screen and he stopped making movies for nearly five years. Following the stock market crash of 1929, the money factor eventually drew him back to making sound pictures.
  • Worked on a few 'Will Rogers (I)' (qv) movies and was injured in a couple of them. Once a shelf loaded with objects fell on his head after Rogers lassoed the prop and pulled it out of place; once a gun that Hollway was supposed to fire in a scene accidentally exploded in his hand.
  • Educated at the Georgia Military Academy and performed in school plays while there.
  • In his late teens he toured with a stock company of "The Shepherd of the Hills".
  • Was associated for a time with the Pasadena Playhouse, and took part in a musical comedy "Hullabaloo" while there in 1931. Somebody saw him in the show and he was cast in _Blonde Venus (1932)_ (qv) starring 'Marlene Dietrich' (qv).
  • He was an avid art collector.
  • Holloway grew up at 301 S. College Street in Cedartown, Georgia. The street which formed the corner on which Holloway's house was located is now known as Sterling Holloway Place.
  • Had major roles in two different film adaptations of "Alice in Wonderland." In Paramount's 1933 version, he played the Frog. In Disney's 1950 animated version, he provided the voice of the Cheshire Cat.

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