Sterling Holloway

Sterling Holloway


Birth Place
Cedartown, Georgia, USA
January 04, 1905
November 22, 1992
Cause of Death
Cardiac Arrest


Tall, gangly, fair-haired character actor best known for his distinctive voice work with the Walt Disney Studio. Holloway began his career as an actor in the silent film "Casey at the Bat" (1927). He continued to work steadily, usually in local yokel roles, appearing in 12 films in 1933 alone. Among his feature credits are Frank Capra's "Meet John Doe" (1941), Preston Sturges' "The Beaut...

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Remember the Night - Publicity Stills
Remember the Night - Scene Stills


Tall, gangly, fair-haired character actor best known for his distinctive voice work with the Walt Disney Studio. Holloway began his career as an actor in the silent film "Casey at the Bat" (1927). He continued to work steadily, usually in local yokel roles, appearing in 12 films in 1933 alone. Among his feature credits are Frank Capra's "Meet John Doe" (1941), Preston Sturges' "The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend" (1949) and Stanley Kramer's "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963). Holloway's final film appearance was in 1977's "Thunder and Lightning."

In 1941 Holloway began a long and fruitful collaboration with Disney when he lent his voice to the animated classic "Dumbo." It is his voice for which Holloway is chiefly remembered, a gravelly tenor that evoked whimsy and wonder, innocence and mischief. Among the Disney characters he brought to life are the Cheshire Cat in "Alice in Wonderland" (1951), Kaa the Snake in "The Jungle Book" (1967) and, best of all, Winnie the Pooh, the lovable bear from Christopher Robin's forest.



Cast (Feature Film)

Thunder and Lightning (1978)
Hobe Carpenter
Super Seal (1976)
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974)
The Aristocats (1970)
Live a Little, Love a Little (1968)
The Jungle Book (1967)
Kaa the Snake
Batman (1966)
Colonel Terry
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Fire chief
Alakazam the Great (1961)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)
Goliath II (1960)
The Liberty Story (1957)
Shake, Rattle & Rock! (1956)
Albert "Axe" McAllister
Kentucky Rifle (1955)
Lon Setter
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
[Voice of] Cheshire Cat
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)
Basserman boy
Twilight on the Rio Grande (1947)
Saddle Pals (1947)
Waldo T. Brooks, Jr.
Robin Hood of Texas (1947)
Trail to San Antone (1947)
Droopy Stearns
Make Mine Music (1946)
A Walk in the Sun (1946)
Sioux City Sue (1946)
Nelson "Nellie" Bly
Death Valley (1946)
Wildfire (1945)
Alkali Jones
The Three Caballeros (1945)
Professor Holloway, Narrator
Star Spangled Rhythm (1943)
Himself, comic in "A Sweater, Sarong and a Peek-A-Boo Bang" number
Iceland (1942)
Sverdrup Svensson
Don't Get Personal (1942)
Here We Go Again (1942)
Bambi (1942)
Voice of older Flower
The Lady Is Willing (1942)
Arthur Miggle
New Wine (1941)
Otto, the bookkeeper
Dumbo (1941)
Voice of Stork
Top Sergeant Mulligan (1941)
[Frank] Snark
Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)
Chris Jensen
Meet John Doe (1941)
Look Who's Laughing (1941)
Little Men (1941)
Street of Memories (1940)
Student barber
Hit Parade of 1941 (1940)
Remember the Night (1940)
The Blue Bird (1940)
Wild Plum
Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)
Bee catcher
Saint Louis Blues (1939)
Spring Madness (1938)
Doctor Rhythm (1938)
Professor Beware (1938)
The groom
Of Human Hearts (1938)
Chancey Ames
The Woman I Love (1937)
Varsity Show (1937)
When Love Is Young (1937)
Orville Kane
Join the Marines (1937)
Behind the Mike (1937)
Tommy Astor
Maid of Salem (1937)
Miles Corbin, cow herder
Career Woman (1936)
George Rogers [i.e. Jackson]
Palm Springs (1936)
The Girl from Maxim's (1936)
Life Begins at 40 (1935)
Rendezvous (1935)
Taxi driver
$1,000 a Minute (1935)
Lottery Lover (1935)
Cadet Harold Stump
Doubting Thomas (1935)
I Live My Life (1935)
The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)
Flower messenger
A Wicked Woman (1934)
The Merry Widow (1934)
Orderly [Mishka]
Strictly Dynamite (1934)
[Elmer] Fleming
Tomorrow's Children (1934)
Dr. Dorsey
Down to Their Last Yacht (1934)
Freddy Finn
Back Page (1934)
Bill Giddings
Girl O' My Dreams (1934)
Special Early
Gift of Gab (1934)
Sound effects man
Murder in the Private Car (1934)
Office boy
Operator 13 (1934)
Wounded Union soldier
Professional Sweetheart (1933)
Going Hollywood (1933)
Sound man
Hard to Handle (1933)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Messenger boy
Hell Below (1933)
Seaman Jenks
Picture Snatcher (1933)
Journalism student
Blondie Johnson (1933)
Red [Charley]
When Ladies Meet (1933)
Adorable (1933)
Fast Workers (1933)
Pinky Magoo
Alice in Wonderland (1933)
Elmer the Great (1933)
Nick Kane
Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
Advice to the Lovelorn (1933)
Dancing Lady (1933)
International House (1933)
Chorus king
Rockabye (1932)
Speakeasy patron
Faithless (1932)
American Madness (1932)
Blonde Venus (1932)
Casey at the Bat (1927)

Cast (Short)

One Track MInds (1933)

Life Events


Feature acting debut in "Casey at the Bat"


First collaboration with Disney as the Stork in "Dumbo"


Co-starred in the TV series "Life of Riley"


Co-starred in the TV series "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin"


Final feature acting role in "Thunder and Lighting"


Co-starred in series "Tony the Pony"


Co-starred n the short-lived series "Turnabout"

Photo Collections

Remember the Night - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Paramount's Remember the Night (1940), starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Remember the Night - Scene Stills
Here are a few Scene Stills from Paramount's Remember the Night (1940), starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.


Movie Clip

When Ladies Meet (1933) -- (Movie Clip) One Of My Horses First scene, golfing, for Ann Harding (as "Claire"), being schmoozed by Jimmy (Robert Young), unhappy that his not-girlfriend, novelist Mary (Myrna Loy) is staying with her amorous publisher, Claire's husband (Frank Morgan), at the home of Bridget (Alice Brady), in When Ladies Meet, 1933.
Blondie Johnson (1933) -- (Movie Clip) Not During Business Hours Arriving in the big city, having sworn to turn things around after her mom died upstate from sheer poverty, the so-far virtuous title character (Joan Blondell) tries some trickery on cabbie Red (Sterling Holloway), Ray Enright directing, early in Warner Bros.’ Blondie Johnson, 1933.
Blondie Johnson (1933) -- (Movie Clip) Still Five Cents? Entrance of second-billed Chester Morris as Danny, entering the big-city speak’, noticing the title character (Joan Blondell) and sorta buying her sob story, not recognizing that the cabbie he calls (Sterling Holloway) is her scam partner on her first night in town, early in Blondie Johnson, 1933.
Hard To Handle (1933) -- (Movie Clip) It Ain't Humanely Possible Joining director Mervyn LeRoy’s breakneck opening, Allen Jenkins the MC at an outrageous Hollywood dance marathon, the last two couples standing are (second-billed) Mary Brian with Matt McHugh and Sterling Holloway with Mary Doran, before we meet the promoter, above-the-title billed James Cagney as Lefty, in Warner Bros.’ Hard To Handle, 1933.
Elmer The Great (1933) -- (Movie Clip) Did Chicago Really Buy You? Established in his first scene as an avid sleeper, Indiana baseball prodigy Joe E. Brown (title character) awakened by his brother (Sterling Holloway), for some reason discouraging his shopkeeper boss Nellie (Patricia Ellis) letting the rep from the Chicago Cubs (Charles Wilson) show him a contract, in Elmer The Great, 1933.
I Live My Life (1935) -- (Movie Clip) People Off Yachts The cute meeting of vacationing heiress Kay (Joan Crawford) and archaeologist Terry (Brian Aherne), Sterling Holloway as aide Max, on a Greek island, W.S. Van Dyke directing, from a screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, in MGM’s I LIve My Life, 1935.
Blonde Venus (1932) -- (Movie Clip) Rather A Long Swim Americans touring the Black Forest, Sterling Holloway as "Joe" and Herbert Marshall as forward "Ed," meet frolicking nymphs led by Marlene Dietrich, then director Josef von Sternberg with deft narrative compression, young Dickie Moore in the wake, opening Blonde Venus, 1932.
Walk in the Sun, A -- (Movie Clip) Take A Look McWilliams (Sterling Holloway) and Tyne (Dana Andrews) try to check the progress of the WWII Battle of Salerno in A Walk in the Sun, 1946.


Fast Workers - (Original Trailer) John Gilbert is a construction worker who tests his best friend's women for fidelity by seducing them in Tod Browning's Fast Workers (1933).
Remember the Night -- (Original Trailer) Assistant D.A. Fred MacMurray takes shoplifter Barbara Stanwyck home for Christmas in Remember the Night (1940).
Hard To Handle - (Original Trailer) A hustling public relations man (James Cagney) promotes a series of fads in Hard To Handle (1933).
Wild Boys of the Road - (Original Trailer) An impoverished girl masquerades as a boy to run with a gang of young hobos in Wild Boys of the Road (1933).
Blondie Johnson - (Original Trailer) A female crook (Joan Blondell) fights her way from poverty to the top of the underworld in Blondie Johnson (1933).
Varsity Show - (Original Trailer) Broadway producer Dick Powell has trouble staging a college variety show, so he calls in Busby Berkeley in Varisty Show (1937).
Gold Diggers of 1933 - (Original Trailer) Three chorus girls fight to keep their show going in order to rich bachelors in Gold Diggers of 1933 starring Joan Blondell.
Alice in Wonderland (1933) - (Original Trailer) A trip through the looking glass and down a rabbit hole sends an English girl into a world of fantastic characters and strange potions in Alice in Wonderland (1933).
Picture Snatcher - (Original Trailer) An ex-con brings his crooked ways to a job as a news photographer in Picture Snatcher (1933) starring James Cagney.
Spring Madness - (Original Trailer) A Harvard man (Lew Ayres) romances a coed (Maureen O'Sullivan) from a nearby college and comes down with Spring Madness (1938).
Dancing Lady - (Re-issue Trailer) Joan Crawford loves Clark Gable but sings and dances with Fred Astaire in Dancing Lady (1933) with a guest appearance by the Three Stooges.
Murder In The Private Car - (Original Trailer) A speeding train becomes the setting for murder in Murder In The Private Car (1934) starring Charles Ruggles.


Richard Holloway
Adopted son.