5 times we saw Sterling Holloway, voice of Winnie the Pooh, on classic television
Have you seen the actor who voiced Winnie the Pooh without even realizing?
After beginning his career in the late 1920s, on stage and with silent films, actor Sterling Holloway became the voice of one of the most recognized characters in cartoon history, Winnie the Pooh!
You may only know him as the voice behind the "hunny"-loving Winnie the Pooh, but Holloway's career was extensive, from several more voice acting roles to appearing on the screen both in film and classic television.
Here are five times we saw Sterling Holloway on classic television.
1. The Andy Griffith Show - "The Merchant of Mayberry"
Did you know Bert Miller, the salesman who appears in "The Merchant of Mayberry" episode of The Andy Griffith Show is actually the voice behind Winnie the Pooh? The entrepreneur hopeful is trying to find his way and settle down, all while trying to avoid rich man Ben Weaver. CLICK HERE to read more about Winnie the Pooh in Mayberry!
2. Gilligan's Island - "The Pigeon"
Holloway has a chance to rescue the castaways on Gilligan's Island in "The Pigeon" episode. His character plays a "homing pigeon pen pal" that goes back and forth with the castaways after one of his pigeons lands on the island. The group attaches a letter saying they're stuck, but Holloway's character, Berty, believes he's communicating with a "Mrs. Hawkins," who is playing tricks on him!
3. The Twilight Zone - "What's in the Box"
In The Twilight Zone, the voice of Winnie the Pooh plays the role of a TV repair man. While trying to repair the TV, the owner of the house he's in continues to berate his profession, claiming all the time it takes to fix the television is just a money-grabbing technique. After fixing the TV, the homeowner sits down and sees himself in the device, causing him to lose his mind. Eventually, when the homeowner is charged with a crime he didn't realize he committed, Holloway's character returns to say, "Fix your set OK mister? You will recommend my service, won't you?" while wearing an eerie smirk.
4. Peter Gunn - "The Best Laid Plans"
In this episode of Peter Gunn, Holloway plays an ex-convict who happens to take up glassblowing, on account his parole officer recommended it. He ends up helping with an investigation involving a bank robbery that may have been an inside job. Though he shouldn't be discussing anything criminal related, his character, dubbed Felony, tends to speak up when offered a bribe.
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5. Family Affair - "Fancy Free"
In this season one episode of Family Affair, Holloway plays a window washer named "Mr. Frack." When talking to the children, he gives them some great advice when they show him their new school books. "Like the fella says, reading books is the best way to learn all kinds of junk." He encourages the kids to keep reading because, "like the fella said, the difference between dumb and smart is how much you know."
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SEE MORE: Sterling Holloway's distinctive looks led him to voice Winnie the Pooh
When a Hollywood exec shrewdly told the actor his face was too repulsive for the pictures, he almost quit before Winnie the Pooh ever got to utter "Oh, bother."