Think think think…with no offense to Paul Frees or Jim Cummings, and even Clarence Nash, today we look at the most distinct, well recognized voice of the Disney empire, Sterling Holloway. By name, who? By voice, “I KNOW HIM!”
Before looking at the characters of Holloway, a look at the man. Born on January 4, 1905 in Cedartown, Georgia, Holloway began appearing in movies in the mid-1920s, typically in comedy roles due to his red hair and high pitched voice. This tenor voice also drew the attention of Walt Disney, who considered casting Holloway as Sleepy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs before decided to use Pinto Colvig instead.
Despite not being selected to appear in Disney’s first animated film, Holloway would soon begin his legendary Disney career. In 1941 he voiced Mr. Stork in Dumbo, a role he would reprise in 1952’s Lambert the Sheepish Lion. In 1942 Holloway would voice the adult, twitterpated Flower in Bambi.
Holloway would spend the much of the 1940s in the Disney recording studio, narrating shorts in animated packages, including Peter and the Wolf in 1946 and Mickey and the Beanstalk in 1947. His next animated role would come in 1951’s Alice in Wonderland, where he would (sometimes) appear as the Cheshire Cat. He would still narrate animated shorts, as well as focusing on a television career outside of Disney.
It would be the next animated role for the Disney company that Holloway would be the best known. In 1966, he voiced the title role in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree. He would voice Pooh again in the shorts Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, as well as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too. Holloway would also voice Kaa the snake in 1968’s The Jungle Book.
Sterling Holloway retired from acting in 1977. For his work as a voice actor, he was named a Disney Legend in 1991, the first person to be so honored for voice work. He suffered a fatal heart attack on November 22, 1992. On what would be his 109th birthday, here’s a toast of hunny to one of the most distinct voice actors to speak into a microphone. I thank you for taking the time to read this today. I ask you would please leave comments. You may contact me directly on Twitter @, and you may also subscribe to be alerted by email when new postings are published. Quest for Vault Disney is now on Facebook. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/questforvaultdisney. Have a great rest of your day. See ya real soon…