Sterling Holloway

The charismatic Sterling Holloway

After watching Peter and the Wolf (1946), the narrator’s voice sounded oddly familiar and once again I was determined to figure it out. As it would have it the character voice belonged to Sterling Holloway, who worked in around 150 films and television shows, and was a prominent figure for Disney. One of his first feature films (which is one of my favourites) was Blonde Venus (1932) with Marlene Dietrich and Cary Grant, although his role remains uncredited. Though he acted in many feature films, his most successful and well-known performances were animated. He emulated the distinct and quirky persona of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland (1951), Kaa the python in The Jungle Book (1967), and one of the most beloved bear’s of all time, Winnie the Pooh in Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966) and The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh (1977), for which he is one of three actors to voice the cuddle character (Hal Smith and Jim Cummings being the other two). It is amazing how one voice can create such prominent, lasting characters, so I guess all that is left to be said is thank you Sterling! Your voice captured my heart at a young age and I am glad I now know who it belongs to.

The Cheshire Cat

Winnie-the-Pooh

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One thought on “Sterling Holloway

  1. I think it’s awesome that people will continue to discover this actor, even if it’s only his voice, simply because his filmography covers so much Disney terrain. While children and modern adults seem to be allergic to black and white movies, they will have been exposed to him through animation …although it’s doubtful if even these would be so popular if they’d not been in full technicolor. Makes you wonder….

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