Sterling Holloway (1905–1992)

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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, ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Jungle Book Kaa the Snake
Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat
The Aristocats Roquefort


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 1986 Moonlighting (TV Series)
- Atomic Shakespeare (1986) ... Narrator (voice)
 1984 We Think the World Is Round (TV Movie)
'Pegleg' Pelican (voice)
 1983 Ico, the Brave Horse
Narrator (voice)
 1957-1982 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Winnie the Pooh (segment "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too") / Winnie the Pooh / Narrator / ...
- Winnie the Pooh and Friends (1982) ... Winnie the Pooh (segment "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too") (voice)
- Disney on Parade (1971) ... Winnie the Pooh (voice, uncredited)
- Adventures in Fantasy (1957) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Liberty Story (1957) ... Narrator (segment "Ben and Me")
 1979 Tukiki and His Search for a Merry Christmas (TV Movie)
Northwind (voice)
 1977 Thunder and Lightning
Hobe Carpenter
 1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh (voice)
 1976 Tony the Pony (TV Series)
GG, the Wizard
 1975 Super Seal
Cap'n Zach
 1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (Short)
Winnie the Pooh (voice)
 1974 Man, Monsters and Mysteries (Short)
Nessie (voice)
 1973 I'm No Fool with Electricity (Short)
 1973 NBC Children's Theatre (TV Series)
Colonel Corpuscle
- All About Me (1973) ... Colonel Corpuscle (voice)
 1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Dr. Edwin Muller (segment "Love and the Face Bow")
- Love and the Face Bow/Love and the Impossible Gift/Love and the Love Kit (1973) ... Dr. Edwin Muller (segment "Love and the Face Bow")
 1970 The Aristocats
Roquefort (voice)
 1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
- Rock-Bye, Bye, Baby (1969) ... Elmo
 1968 Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (Short)
Winnie the Pooh (voice)
 1967 Daktari (TV Series)
- Judy and the Jailbirds (1967) ... Duke
 1967 The Jungle Book
Kaa the Snake (voice)
 1967 Gilligan's Island (TV Series)
- The Pigeon (1967) ... Burt
 1967 Family Affair (TV Series)
- Fancy Free (1967) ... Frack
 1966 That Girl (TV Series)
Everett Valentine
- Phantom of the Horse Opera (1966) ... Everett Valentine
 1966 F Troop (TV Series)
Sheriff Pat Lawton
- Wilton, the Kid (1966) ... Sheriff Pat Lawton
 1966 Please Don't Eat the Daisies (TV Series)
Mr. Corey
- My Son, the Genius (1966) ... Mr. Corey
 1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (Short)
Winnie the Pooh (voice)
 1964-1965 The Baileys of Balboa (TV Series)
Buck Singleton
- Sam and the Sea Monster (1965) ... Buck Singleton
- Sam Sells Out (1965) ... Buck Singleton
- Sam's Treasure Hunt (1965) ... Buck Singleton
- Sam's Economy Kick (1965) ... Buck Singleton
- Stanley, the Runaway (1965) ... Buck Singleton
 1964 Linus the Lionhearted (TV Series)
Sugar Bear / Lovable Yours Truly (voice)
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
- Who Killed Annie Foran? (1964) ... Fisk
 1964 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
TV Repairman
- What's in the Box (1964) ... TV Repairman
 1963 Hazel (TV Series)
Claude Waters
- The Retiring Milkman (1963) ... Claude Waters
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Fire Chief
 1963 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
Mr. Holland
- Joey's Lost What-Cha-Ma-Call-It (1963) ... Mr. Holland
 1963 My Six Loves
Oliver Dodds (uncredited)
 1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series)
Blind Man
- The Sound of Angels (1962) ... Blind Man
 1962 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Bert Miller
- The Merchant of Mayberry (1962) ... Bert Miller
 1962 Margie (TV Series)
- False Alarm (1962) ... Bettenhouse
 1961 Miami Undercover (TV Series)
- Room 9 (1961) ... Henry
 1961 Pete and Gladys (TV Series)
Lester Smith
- The Projectionist (1961) ... Lester Smith
 1961 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Luther Adams
- Blood Red (1961) ... Luther Adams
 1960 The Brothers Brannagan (TV Series)
- Love Me, Love My Dog (1960) ... Shopkeeper
 1960 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Jack Pumpkinhead
- The Land of Oz (1960) ... Jack Pumpkinhead
 1960 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Orval McCoy
- The Jinx (1960) ... Orval McCoy
 1960 Alakazam the Great
Narrator (English version, voice)
 1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
- The Best Laid Plans (1960) ... Felony
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Horace De Vilbill
- The Unhired Assassin: Part 2 (1960) ... Horace De Vilbill
 1960 Goliath II (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1959 Five Fingers (TV Series)
- The Temple of the Swinging Doll (1959) ... Hayden
 1956-1958 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
Sorrowful Joe / Sorrowful Joe Jackson
- Sorrowful Joe's Policy (1958) ... Sorrowful Joe Jackson
- Sorrowful Joe Returns (1957) ... Sorrowful Joe
- Sorrowful Joe (1956) ... Sorrowful Joe
 1953-1957 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
Waldo / Waldo Binney / Waldo Binny / ...
- Baby Chester's First Words (1957) ... Waldo
- Babs Moves Out (1956) ... Waldo
- House for Sale (1956) ... Waldo
- Expectantly Yours (1956) ... Waldo
- Babs's Wedding (1956) ... Waldo Binney
 1957 Circus Boy (TV Series)
Elmer Purdy
- The Magic Lantern (1957) ... Elmer Purdy
- Elmer, the Rainmaker (1957) ... Elmer Purdy
- Elmer the Aeronaut (1957) ... Elmer Purdy
 1957 Hemo the Magnificent (TV Movie)
Lab assistant (uncredited)
 1957 Climax! (TV Series)
- Night of a Rebel (1957) ... Tobias
 1956 Shake, Rattle & Rock!
Albert 'Axe' McAllister
 1956 Our Mr. Sun (TV Movie)
Chloro Phyll (voice, uncredited)
 1954-1955 Willy (TV Series)
Harvey Evelyn
- Willy and Hurricane Harvey (1955) ... Harvey Evelyn
- Willy Saves Harvey from Fraud (1955) ... Harvey Evelyn
- Operation Stocks (1954) ... Harvey Evelyn
 1955 Kentucky Rifle
Lon Setter
 1953-1955 Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Prof. Oscar Quinn / Prof. Twiddle
- Through the Time Barrier (1955) ... Prof. Twiddle
- The Whistling Bird (1954) ... Prof. Oscar Quinn
- The Machine That Could Plot Crimes (1953) ... Prof. Oscar Quinn
 1953 Ben and Me (Short)
Amos Mouse (voice)
 1953 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV Series)
The Groceryman
- Pancake Mix (1953) ... The Groceryman
 1952 The Little House (Short)
 1952 Susie the Little Blue Coupe (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1952 Lambert the Sheepish Lion (Short)
Narrator / Mr. Stork (voice)
 1951 Alice in Wonderland
Cheshire Cat (voice)
 1951 The Fred Waring Show (TV Series)
Cheshire Cat
- Episode #3.26 (1951) ... Cheshire Cat
 1950 Hollywood Theatre Time (TV Series)
 1949 Addio Mimí!
 1949 Your Show Time (TV Series)
- A Capture (1949)
 1948 Flat Feat (Short)
Officer Sterling Smith / Smith's Father
 1948 Man or Mouse (Short)
Elmer Dinkle
 1947 Speaking of Animals No. Y7-1: Dog Crazy (Short)
Dog Owner
 1947 Mickey and the Beanstalk (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1947 Hectic Honeymoon (Short)
Eddie Jones
 1947 Robin Hood of Texas
Droopy Haynes
 1947 Saddle Pals
Waldo T. Brooks Jr.
 1947 The Scooper Dooper (Short)
Sterling Holloway
 1947 Trail to San Antone
Droopy Stearns
 1946 Moron Than Off (Short)
Elmer Fossdinkle
 1946/I Sioux City Sue
Nellie Bly
 1946 Death Valley
 1946 Peter and the Wolf (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1946 Mr. Wright Goes Wrong (Short)
 1946 Make Mine Music
Narrator (segment "Peter and the Wolf") (voice)
 1945 A Walk in the Sun
 1945 Wildfire
Alkali Jones
 1945 The Cold-Blooded Penguin (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1944 The Three Caballeros
Prof. Holloway (voice)
 1944 Who's Who in Animal Land (Short)
Lion / Orangutan / Chinchilla / ... (voice)
 1944 The Pelican and the Snipe (Short)
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Sterling- 'Sweater, Sarong & Peekaboo Bang' Number
 1942 Here We Go Again
Tommy, Western Union Messenger (uncredited)
 1942/I Iceland
Sverdrup Svenssen
 1942 Bambi
Adult Flower (voice, uncredited)
 1942 The Lady Is Willing
Arthur Miggle (uncredited)
 1942 Don't Get Personal
 1941 Look Who's Laughing
Rusty- Soda Jerk (uncredited)
 1941 Speaking of Animals in the Zoo (Short)
Zebra (voice)
 1941 Dumbo
Mr. Stork (voice, uncredited)
 1941 Top Sergeant Mulligan
Frank Snark
 1941 New Wine
Otto - Bookkeeper
 1941 Meet John Doe
Dan - Diner Counterman
 1941 Cheers for Miss Bishop
Chris Jensen
 1940 Little Men
 1940 Street of Memories
Student Barber
 1940 Hit Parade of 1941
Elmer - Soda Clerk
 1940 The Blue Bird
Wild Plum
 1940 Remember the Night
 1939 Nick Carter, Master Detective
 1939 East Side of Heaven
Accordion Player (uncredited)
 1939 St. Louis Blues
Boatman (uncredited)
 1938 Spring Madness
 1938 Professor Beware
The Groom
 1938 Held for Ransom
RFD Mailman (uncredited)
 1938 Doctor Rhythm
Luke (Ice-Cream Man)
 1938 Of Human Hearts
Chauncey Ames
 1937 Behind the Mike
Tommy Astor
 1937 Varsity Show
 1937 The Woman I Love
 1937 When Love Is Young
Orville Kane
 1937 Maid of Salem
Miles Corbin - Cow Herder
 1937 Join the Marines
Alfred - the Steward
 1936 Career Woman
George Rogers
 1936 Palm Springs
 1935 Rendezvous
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1935 I Live My Life
 1935 Bring 'Em Back a Lie (Short)
 1935 His Last Fling (Short)
 1935 Doubting Thomas
Mr. Spindler
 1935 Double Crossed (Short)
 1935 My Girl Sally (Short)
 1935 Life Begins at 40
 1935 Father Knows Best (Short)
Bashful Boy
 1935 Lottery Lover
Cadet Harold Stump
 1934 A Wicked Woman
 1934 Girl O' My Dreams
Spec Early
 1934 Sterling's Rival Romeo (Short)
 1934 The Merry Widow
Orderly Mishka
 1934 Gift of Gab
Sound Effects Man
 1934 Down to Their Last Yacht
Freddy Finn
 1934 Tomorrow's Children
Dr. Dorsey
 1934 Picnic Perils (Short)
 1934 Murder in the Private Car
Office Boy (uncredited)
 1934 Pleasing Grandpa (Short)
 1934 Operator 13
Wounded Union Soldier (uncredited)
 1934 Strictly Dynamite
Elmer Fleming
 1934 Born April First (Short)
 1934 The Cat and the Fiddle
Flower Messenger (uncredited)
 1933 Going Hollywood
Radio Remote Technician (uncredited)
 1933 Meeting Mazie (Short)
 1933 Alice in Wonderland
 1933 Advice to the Forlorn
 1933 Dancing Lady
Pinky - the Show's Author
 1933 Not the Marrying Kind (Short)
 1933 Back Page
Bill Giddings
 1933 Wild Boys of the Road
 1933 When Ladies Meet
Jerome - the Caddy (uncredited)
 1933 International House
 1933 Gold Diggers of 1933
Second Messenger Boy with Hat (uncredited)
 1933 One Track Minds (Short)
Train Snack Salesman
 1933 Adorable
Emile, Karl's Valet (uncredited)
 1933 Elmer, the Great
Nick Kane (as Sterling Halloway)
 1933 Picture Snatcher
Journalism Student (uncredited)
 1933 Hell Below
Seaman Jenks
 1933 Fast Workers
Pinky Magoo
 1933 The Trial of Vince Barnett (Short)
La Rue's Valet
 1933 Blondie Johnson
Red Charley
 1933 Hard to Handle
Andy Heaney (uncredited)
 1932 Lawyer Man
Olga's Dining Friend (uncredited)
 1932 Rockabye
Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
 1932 Faithless
Photographer (uncredited)
 1932 Blonde Venus
Joe, Hiker (uncredited)
 1932 American Madness
Oscar (uncredited)
 1928 The Girl from Nowhere (Short)
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1927 The Girl from Everywhere
Assistant Director
 1927 Casey at the Bat
Elmer Putnam
 1926 The Battling Kangaroo (Short)
Napolean French
Show Show Additional Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (13 credits)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (18 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (16 credits)

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(1960s) TV commercials (voice-over): Contac cold pills. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Sterling Halloway


5' 10½" (1.79 m)


Holloway, Richard


Holloway, Sterling Price | DeHaven, Rebecca


Holloway, Boothby (sibling)

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[in 1967, on how he was cast as "Kaa" in The Jungle Book (1967)] Walt [Walt Disney] came to me, and he's such a stickler for voices, and said, "When you're finished with what you're doing today on Winnie the Pooh, see what you can do with a snake because I can't find the right voice for it". I thought, "Wouldn't it be funny to have a snake with an aching back because it would be such a looong ... See more »


Educated at the Georgia Military Academy and performed in school plays while there. See more »


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