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Sterling Holloway
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Born Sterling Price Holloway, Jr.
January 4, 1905
Cedartown, Georgia
Died November 22, 1992 (aged 87)
Los Angeles, California
Cause of death Cardiac arrest
Nationality Flag of the United States American
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Occupation(s) Actor, voice actor
Years active 19261986
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Children Richard Holloway (possibly adopted)

Sterling Price Holloway, Jr. (January 4, 1905 - November 22, 1992) was an American actor and classic Disney voice actor. Most notably, he was the original voice of Winnie the Pooh, as well as the Cheshire Cat from Alice in WonderlandKaa from The Jungle Book, and Roquefort from The Aristocats. He was the narrator of cartoon shorts Susie the Little Blue Coupe, The Little House, The Cold-Blooded Penguin segment of The Three Caballeros, and the Peter and the Wolf segment from Make Mine Music. In early test recordings of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Holloway is heard in consideration to provide the voice of Sleepy. He voiced Mr. Stork from Dumbo, and the adult version of Flower from Bambi. He played Amos Mouse, the lead character and narrator from Ben & Me, and he reprised his role as Mr. Stork as the narrator of Lambert the Sheepish Lion.

Sterling said that the role of Winnie the Pooh was his favorite role that he did for Disney. In addition to his work as a voice actor with his distinctive high-pitched voice, Holloway was also a movie and stage actor and appeared in movies such as Meet John Doe (1941) and It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). He also appeared in a few Gene Autry movies and he also appeared on television in The Andy Griffith Show, A Family Affair, and Gilligan's Island.

Upon Sterling's death, Jim Cummings took over many of his characters for Disney. Holloway was awarded the Disney Legend of 1991.[1] He was escorted by the character of Pooh himself to receive the award. Sterling Holloway died on November 22, 1992 at the age of 87 from cardiac arrest. He was never married but did adopt a son named Richard Holloway who survived him.

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