Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Little Known Actors - Sterling Holloway

Sterling Holloway (1905 - 1992) was a character actor who appeared in over 150 films and television apperances; he was active in acting from 1926 to 1989. What some of you may not have known of he was a voice actor for the Walt Disney Company originatting the voices of Winnie the Poo and he voiced the Chesire Cat in the 1951 animated feature Alice in Wonderland.

Born Sterling Price Holloway Jr. he was raised in Cedartown, Georgia and was educated at the Georgia Military Academy. After his graduation he went to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and he made his Broadway debut in the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical Garrick Gaieties . Having good vocal chords he introduced the songs "Manhatten" and "Mountain Greenery". In 1926 he moved to Hollywood and began a six decade career starring opposite such people as Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Bing Crosby, Lon Chaney Jr., David Carradine, Gene Autry, Robert Montgomery, and Joan Blondell.

He retired from acting in 1989 and in 1991 he was honored as a Disney Legend. In 1992, Sterling Holloway died from a heart attack in a Los Angeles, CA. By request his remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered over the Pacific Ocean.

1 comment:

  1. Crime Doctor's Man Hunt, 1946, was on TCM today and I thought I saw Sterling Holloway make a brief appearance near movie's end, but he is not attributed for this at TCM or IMDB.