Sterling Price Holloway Jr. (January 14, 1905 - November 22, 1992) was an American actor and voice actor, who appeared in over 100 films and 40 television shows. He did  voice acting for The Walt Disney Company, including serving as the original voice of the title character in Walt Disney's .
Winnie the Pooh
Cedartown, Georgia, Holloway was named after his father, Sterling Price Holloway (1864-1930), who, in turn, was named after a prominent Confederate general, Sterling "Pap" Price. His mother was Rebecca DeHaven Boothby (1879-1963). He had a younger brother named Boothby (1909-1978). The family owned a grocery store in Cedartown, where his father served as mayor in 1912. After graduating from Georgia Military Academy in 1920 at the age of fifteen, he left Georgia for New York City, where he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. While there, he befriended actor  Spencer Tracy, whom he considered one of his favorite working colleagues.
Motion pictures and shorts
In his late teens, Holloway toured with stock company of
, The Shepherd of the Hills  performing in one-nighters across much of the  American West before returning to New York where he accepted small walk-on parts from the Theatre Guild, and appeared in the Rodgers and Hart revue in the mid-1920s. A talented singer, he introduced " The Garrick Gaieties Manhattan" in 1925, and the following year sang " Mountain Greenery". 
He moved to Hollywood in 1926 to begin a film career that lasted almost 50 years. His bushy red hair and high pitched voice meant that he almost always appeared in comedies. His first film was
The Battling Kangaroo (1926), a silent picture. Over the following decades, Holloway would appear with Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Lon Chaney Jr, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Bing Crosby, and John Carradine. In 1942, during World War II, Holloway enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 37 and was assigned to the Special Services. He helped develop a show called "Hey Rookie", which ran for nine months and raised $350,000 for the Army Relief Fund. In 1945, Holloway played the role of a medic assigned to an infantry platoon in the critically acclaimed film . During 1946 and 1947, he played the comic sidekick in five A Walk in the Sun Gene Autry Westerns. 
With Walt Disney Walt Disney originally considered Holloway for the voice of Sleepy in (1937), but chose Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Pinto Colvig instead. Holloway's voice work in animated films began with (1941), as the voice of Mr. Stork. Holloway was the voice of the adult Flower in Dumbo (1942), the narrator of the Antarctic penguin sequence in Bambi (1944) and the narrator in the The Three Caballeros sequence of Peter and the Wolf (1946).
Make Mine Music
He was the voice of the
Cheshire Cat in (1951), the narrator in Alice in Wonderland (1952), The Little House (1952), Susie the Little Blue Coupe Lambert the Sheepish Lion (1952), Kaa the snake in (1967), and Roquefort in The Jungle Book (1970). He is perhaps best remembered as the voice of The Aristocats Winnie the Pooh in Disney's featurettes through 1977. He was honored as a Winnie the Pooh Disney Legend in 1991, the first person to receive the award in the Voice category. His final role was Hobe Carpenter, a friendly moonshiner who helps Harley Thomas (David Carradine) in (1977).
Thunder and Lightning
Radio and recordings
Holloway acted on many radio programs, including
, The Railroad Hour , The United States Steel Hour and Suspense . In the late 1940s, he could be heard in various roles on Lux Radio Theater NBC's " Fibber McGee and Molly". His voice retained a touch of its Southern drawl and was instantly recognizable. Holloway was chosen to narrate many children's records, including Uncle Remus Stories (Decca), Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (Disneyland Records), Walt Disney Presents Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories (Disneyland Records) and Peter And The Wolf (RCA Victor).
Holloway easily made the transition from radio to television. He appeared on the
as "Uncle Oscar", an eccentric inventor, and played a recurring role on Adventures of Superman . He guest-starred on The Life of Riley Fred Waring's CBS television program in the 1950s and appeared on as a hot air Circus Boy balloonist. Some other series on which he performed include (episode "The Temple of the Swinging Doll"), Five Fingers , The Untouchables ("The Jinx"), The Real McCoys , Hazel , Pete and Gladys (" The Twilight Zone What's in the Box"), , The Brothers Brannagan , Gilligan's Island , The Andy Griffith Show , The Donald O'Connor Show , Peter Gunn , and F Troop . During the 1970s, Holloway did Moonlighting commercial voice-overs for Purina Puppy Chow dog food and sang their familiar jingle, "Puppy Chow/For a full year/Till he's full-grown!". He also provided the voice for Woodsy Owl in several 1970s and 1980s United States Forest Service commercials. In 1982 he auditioned for the well-known comic book character Garfield but lost to Lorenzo Music. In 1984, he provided voice-over work for a commercial for Libby's baked beans. 
Final years, death and legacy
Holloway was a lifelong
Democrat who supported the campaign of Adlai Stevenson during the 1956 United States presidential election. Holloway adhered to  Methodism. 
Never married, Holloway once claimed this was because he felt lacking in nothing and did not wish to disturb his pattern of life.
Holloway died from a
cardiac arrest on November 22, 1992, in a Los Angeles hospital. His body was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean. 
Winnie the Pooh cast member Hal Smith (who originated the character Owl) took over the role of Winnie the Pooh for the 1981 short . He would maintain the role until Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons Jim Cummings replaced him in 1988 for and also took over most of Holloway's other voice roles, including Kaa in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Jungle Cubs .
The Jungle Book 2
(1927) as Elmer Putnam Casey at the Bat
(1932) as Oscar (uncredited) American Madness
(1932) as Joe, Hiker (uncredited) Blonde Venus
(1932) as Photographer (uncredited) Faithless
(1932) as Speakeasy Pianist (uncredited) Rockabye
(1932) as Olga's Dining Friend (uncredited) Lawyer Man
(1933) as Andy Heaney (uncredited) Hard to Handle
(1933) as Red Charley Blondie Johnson
(1933) as Pinky Magoo Fast Workers
(1933) as Seaman Jenks Hell Below
(1933) as Nick Kane Elmer, the Great
(1933) as Journalism Student (uncredited) Picture Snatcher
(1933) as Emile, Karl's Valet (uncredited) Adorable
(1933) as Sailor International House
(1933) as Second Hat Delivery Boy (uncredited) Gold Diggers of 1933
(1933) as Stu Professional Sweetheart
(1933) as Jerome - the Caddy (uncredited) When Ladies Meet
(1933) as Ollie, another hobo Wild Boys of the Road
(1933) as Pinky - the Show's Author Dancing Lady
(1933) as Benny Advice To The Lovelorn
(1933) as Frog Alice in Wonderland
(1933) as Radio Remote Technician (uncredited) Going Hollywood
(1934) as Flower Messenger (uncredited) The Cat and the Fiddle
(1934) as Elmer Fleming Strictly Dynamite
(1934) as Bill Giddings The Back Page
(1934) as Wounded Union Soldier (uncredited) Operator 13
(1934) as Office Boy (uncredited) Murder in the Private Car
Tomorrow's Children (1934) as Dr. Dorsey
(1934) as Freddy Finn Down to Their Last Yacht
(1934) as Sound Effects Man Gift of Gab
(1934) as Orderly The Merry Widow
(1934) as Spec Early Girl o' My Dreams
(1934) as Peter A Wicked Woman
(1935) as Cadet Harold Stump Lottery Lover
Life Begins At Forty (1935) as Chris
(1935) as Mr. Spindler Doubting Thomas
I Live My Life (1935) as Max
(1935) as Pete 1,000 Dollars A Minute
(1935) as Taxi Driver (uncredited) Rendezvous
(1936) as Oscar Palm Springs
(1936) as George Rogers Career Woman
(1937) as Alfred, the Steward Join the Marines
(1937) as Miles Corbin - Cow Herder Maid of Salem
(1937) as Orville Kane When Love Is Young
(1937) as Duprez The Woman I Love
(1937) as Trout Varsity Show
(1937) as Tommy Astor Behind the Mike
(1938) as Chauncey Ames Of Human Hearts
(1938) as Luke (Ice-Cream Man) Dr. Rhythm
(1938) as RFD Mailman (uncredited) Held For Ransom
(1938) as The Groom Professor Beware
(1938) as Buck Spring Madness
(1939) as Boatman (uncredited) St. Louis Blues
(1939) as Accordion player (uncredited) East Side of Heaven
(1939) as Bee-Catcher Nick Carter, Master Detective
(1940) as Wild Plum The Blue Bird
(1940) as Willie Remember the Night
(1940) as Soda Clerk Hit Parade of 1941
(1940) as Student Barber Street of Memories
(1940) as Reporter Little Men
(1941) as Chris Jensen Cheers for Miss Bishop
(1941) as Dan Meet John Doe
(1941) as Otto, the bookkeeper The Great Awakening
(1941) as Frank Snark Top Sergeant Mulligan
(1941) as Mr. Stork (voice) Dumbo
(1941) as Rusty, Soda Jerk (uncredited) Look Who's Laughing
(1942) as Lucky Don't Get Personal
(1942) as Arthur Miggle (uncredited) The Lady Is Willing
(1942) as Sterling - 'Sweater, Sarong & Peekaboo Bang' number Star Spangled Rhythm
(1942) as Adult Flower (voice, uncredited) Bambi
(1942) as Sverdrup Svenssen Iceland
(1942) as Tommy, Western Union Messenger (uncredited) Here We Go Again
(1944) as Prof. Holloway (voice) The Three Caballeros
Wildfire (1945) as Alkali Jones
(1945) as McWilliams A Walk in the Sun
(1946) as Narrator (segment "Peter and the Wolf") (voice) Make Mine Music
(1946) as Slim Death Valley
(1946) as Nellie Bly Sioux City Sue
(1947) Her Wonderful Lie
(1947) as Droopy Stearns Trail to San Antone
(1947) as Pokie Twilight on the Rio Grande
(1947) as Waldo T. Brooks Jr. Saddle Pals
(1947) as Droopy Haynes Robin Hood of Texas
(1949) as Aristide Addio Mimí!
(1949) as Basserman Boy The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
(1951) as Cheshire Cat (voice) Alice in Wonderland
(1955) as Lon Setter Kentucky Rifle
(1956) as Albert 'Axe' McAllister Shake, Rattle and Rock!
(1960) as Barber The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
(1960) as Narrator (English version, voice) Alakazam the Great
(1963) as Oliver Dodds (uncredited) My Six Loves
(1963) as Fire Chief It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
(1966; scenes deleted) Batman
(1967) as Kaa, The Snake (voice) The Jungle Book
(1968) as Milkman Live a Little, Love a Little
(1970) as Roquefort, The Mouse (voice) The Aristocats
Cries (1975) as Narrator
(1976) as Cap'n Zach Super Seal
(1976) as Old Man on Bus Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
(1977) as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Winnie the Pooh (voice) (1977) as Hobe Carpenter Thunder & Lightning
The Battling Kangaroo (1926) as Napoleon French
The Girl from Everywhere (1927) as Assistant Director
The Girl from Nowhere (1928) as Minor Role (uncredited)
One Track Minds (1933) as Train Snack Salesman
Not the Marrying Kind (1933)
Meeting Mazie (1933)
Born April First (1934)
Pleasing Grandpa (1934)
Picnic Perils (1934)
Sterling's Rival Romeo (1934) as Sterling
Father Knows Best (1935) as Bashful Boy
My Girl Sally (1935)
Bring 'Em Back A Lie (1935)
Double Crossed (1935)
His Last Fling (1935)
The Pelican & The Snipe (1944) as Narrator (voice, uncredited)
(1944) as Narrator (voice) The Cold-Blooded Penguin
(1945) as Donald's Conscience (voice) Donald's Crime
Unusual Occupations L-5-2 (1945) as Himself
(1946) as Narrator (voice) Peter & The Wolf
Moron Than Off (1946) as Elmer Fossdinkle
Mr. Wright Goes Wrong (1946)
Scooper Dooper (1947) as Himself
Hectic Honeymoon (1947) as Eddie Jones
(1947) as Narrator (voice, 1955 TV version) Mickey and the Beanstalk
Speaking of Animals No. Y7-1: Dog Crazy (1947) as Dog Owner
Man or Mouse (1948) as Elmer Dinkle
Flat Feat (1948) as Officer Sterling Smith / Smith's Father
(1952) as Narrator / Mr. Stork (voice) Lambert the Sheepish Lion
(1952) as Narrator (voice) Susie the Little Blue Coupe
(1952) as Narrator The Little House
(1953) as Amos Mouse (voice) Ben and Me
(1960) as Narrator (voice) Goliath II
(1966) as Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree Winnie the Pooh (voice)
(1968) as Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Winnie the Pooh (voice)
Man, Monsters & Mysteries (1974) as Nessie (voice) (1974) as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too Winnie the Pooh (voice)
(1953-55) as Prof. Oscar Quinn / Prof. Twiddle Adventures of Superman
(1953-56) as Waldo Binny The Life of Riley
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (episode "Pancake Mix"; 1953) as The Groceryman
Willy (1955) as Harvey Evelyn
Our Mr. Sun (1956) as Chloro Phyll (voice, uncredited)
(1957) as Lab assistant (uncredited) Hemo the Magnificent
The Real McCoys (episode "The Jinx"; 1960) as Orval McCoy
(episode "Blood Red"; 1961) as Luther Zane Grey Theatre
(episode "The Merchant of Mayberry"; 1962) as Bert, a traveling salesman The Andy Griffith Show
("The Retiring Milkman" Season 3, Episode 13; 1963) as Claude the Milkman Hazel
The Twilight Zone (episode " What's in the Box"; 1964) as TV Repairman
The Restless Sea (1964) as Mr. H2O (voice)
(episode 28, "Who Killed Annie Foran?"; 1964) as Fisk Burke's Law
(1964-65) as Buck Singleton The Baileys of Balboa
(in the episode "Wilton the Kid"; 1966) as Sheriff Pat Lawton F-Troop
(episode 14, "Phantom of the Horse Opera"; 1966) as Everett Valentine That Girl
Gilligan's Island (1967) as Burt, a prisoner with a homing pigeon
Tony the Pony (1976) as GG, the Wizard
(1979) as Northwind (voice) Tukiki and His Search for a Merry Christmas
Federal Budget Review (1980) as Man in Washington 
(1984) as Pegleg Pelican (voice) We Think the World Is Round (episode "Atomic Shakespeare"; 1986) as Narrator (voice) (final appearance) Moonlighting
Uncle Remus Stories ( Decca, 1947) as Narrator
Peter and the Wolf ( RCA Victor, 1949) as Narrator
Alice in Wonderland (RCA Victor, 1951) as the Cheshire Cat 
Susie, the Little Blue Coupe (Decca, 1952) as Narrator 
The Little House (Decca, 1952) as Narrator 
The Sorceror's Apprentice/Peter and the Wolf ( Disneyland, 1958) as Narrator 
The Country Cousin (Disneyland, 1959) as Narrator 
Goliath II (Disneyland, 1960) as Narrator 
The Grasshopper and the Ants (Disneyland, 1960) as Narrator (also writer) 
The Stories and Songs of Walt Disney's Three Little Pigs (Disneyland, 1961) as Narrator 
The Absent Minded Professor (Disneyland, 1961) as Narrator 
The Best Stories of Aesop (Disneyland, 1961) as Narrator 
Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (Disneyland, 1963) as Narrator
Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories (Disneyland, 1964) as Narrator
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (Disneyland, 1965) as Winnie the Pooh 
A Happy Birthday Party with Winnie the Pooh (Disneyland, 1966) as Winnie the Pooh 
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (Disneyland, 1967) as Winnie the Pooh/Narrator 
Winnie the Pooh and the North Pole Expotition (Disneyland, 1968) as Winnie the Pooh/Narrator 
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger (Disneyland, 1968) as Winnie the Pooh/Narrator 
Winnie the Pooh and the Heffalumps (Disneyland, 1968) as Winnie the Pooh/Narrator 
The Aristocats (Disneyland, 1970) as Roquefort 
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (Disneyland, 1974) as Winnie the Pooh  Winnie the Pooh for President (Disneyland, 1976) as Winnie the Pooh 
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