Sterling Holloway
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Sterling Price Holloway (1905 - 1992)

Sterling Price Holloway
Born in Cedartown, Polk, Georgia, United Statesmap
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Died in Los Angeles County, California, United Statesmap
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Sterling Holloway's was a voice that touched many, as he offered his talents to the likes of Winnie-the-Pooh, the stork in "Dumbo", and Kaa the python in "The Jungle Book", all from Disney children's productions.[1]

Sterling Price Holloway was born January 14, 1905 in Cedartown, Georgia.[2] He was the son of Sterling P. and Rebecca Boothby Holloway. [3][4][5] He grew up in Cedartown, Georgia[3] along with his only sibling, a brother, Boothby.[6] He attended the Georgia Military Academy, and later the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.[7]

Sterling never married and left no biological descendants, but did adopt a son, Richard Holloway.[5][1]

Sterling served in World War II, enlisting July 19, 1942.[5] He was assigned to the Army's Special Services Unit, touring on the front line in North Africa and Italy.[7]

Sterling is, perhaps, best known as the original voice of "Winnie the Pooh," which he voiced until 1988, and as Kaa, the python, in "The Jungle Book," both from The Walt Disney Company, among many other voice animation roles.[1] He was personally asked to audition for the voice of Kaa by Walt Disney.[7] He stated that his favorite character was always Pooh.[1][7] He was honored as a Disney Legend in 1991.[8] He also worked as a live-action actor.[9] Of those, his most notable were on Gilligan's Island, The Andy Griffith Show, and Family Affair.[1] He was never happy with the way he was type-cast, though.[7]

As his health began to decline in later years, Sterling retired from all his acting roles.[7] He instead spent his time building his contemporary art collection.[7] He even sometimes lectured on the subject and curated special collections.[7]

Sterling passed away November 22, 1992 in California from cardiac arrest.[4][1] He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Sterling Holloway, on Disney Fandom Wiki, Accessed 25 Mar 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 25 March 2019), memorial page for Sterling Price Holloway, Jr (4 Jan 1905–22 Nov 1992), Find A Grave: Memorial #6379805, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 April 2018), Sterling P Holloway Jr. in household of Sterling P Holloway, Cedartown, Polk, Georgia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 131, sheet 6A, family 108, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 207; FHL microfilm 1,374,220.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Sterling Holloway, 22 Nov 1992; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, FamilySearch ( : 5 December 2014), Sterling P Holloway, enlisted 19 Jul 1942, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) ( : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 126323, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
  6. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 April 2018), Sterling Halloway in household of Sterling P Halloway, Cedartown, Polk, Georgia, United States; citing ED 163, sheet 13B, line 61, family 146, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 274; FHL microfilm 1,820,274.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Sterling Holloway on The Georgia Encyclopedia, Accessed 25 Mar 2019
  8. Disney Legends link.
  9. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 April 2018), Sterling Holloway, Councilmanic District 1, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-1319, sheet 6A, line 19, family , Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 377.

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Thank you for creating Sterling Holloway, I always loved this guy!
Wow! We were just watching some old Disney cartoons, and I recognized one of the voices as being the same as the Cheshire Cat. What a cool voice he had!
posted by Katherine Gregory