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."
Sterling Holloway is an actor best known for saying, "Oh, bother," the catchphrase Winnie the Pooh utters whenever he gets himself into a sticky situation.
Voicing the loveable cartoon bear is likely Holloway’s most famous role, and there’s a chance that we never would’ve heard his dulcet take on Winnie the Pooh if Holloway had listened to a Hollywood executive who during his very first screen test discouraged him from pursuing any acting career.
As Holloway told the story to The Los Angeles Times in 1979, he showed up at Paramount, stepped in front of the camera, and a shrewd executive did not mince words when he told him, "Give up on the movies. Your face is too repulsive."
There were many times in Holloway’s career when he considered quitting acting, but this was the most discouraging.
Ever since he was a young boy putting on plays in his father’s barn and dragging neighborhood kids in to act in them all, he knew he wanted to be an actor.
Determined, he took on small parts where he nearly always played a comedic role, appearing on sitcoms like The Andy Griffith Show and Gilligan’s Island. Just as the Paramount executive predicted, his distinct looks held him back from the dramatic roles he craved.
"I wanted to be a serious actor," Holloway said. "But they kept giving me comedy parts. I asked them why and they said, 'Well, you go home tonight and look in the mirror.'"
His career turned around when Frank Capra spotted him onset one day when he was visiting with a cousin who happened to be dating Capra’s assistant director. Capra liked Holloway’s look and invented a bank teller role that Holloway improvised throughout the film American Madness.
From there, Holloway drew interest from many directors, ultimately appearing in more than 200 roles in his career, but before all of that happened, it was Walt Disney who saw the actor performing and heard the voice of a star.
Holloway told the Times that three days after the Paramount exec dashed his dreams of doing movies, Walt Disney called to pull the actor into the voicework that made him famous.
In his life, Holloway proved that Paramount exec wrong, amassing enough wealth to design a hilltop house with a view of the ocean that housed an art collection so massive that the Winnie the Pooh voice actor’s home became known as a "lived-in museum."
In his collection, he had famous works of artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, but perhaps most important to marking the magnitude of his acting legacy, in his living room, he hung an abstract portrait of himself done by the Dutch painter Karel Appel.
Every day that he sat on his couch, his distinctive face, which almost denied his ambitions as an actor entirely, hung on the wall above him, an artistic rendering that proved what the Paramount exec considered "repulsive" in his features was actually a work of art and a huge part of pop history.
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any movies together or TV shows together and I am I
the only person who noticed
that Sterling Holloway and
Jack Guilford Resembled Each
Other ??!! I think that actors
Alan Oppenheimer (Mickey Malph in one episode of Happy Days) and Bernie West (Wayne
Hinshaw the crooked lawyer
On Gomer Pyle USMC episode
Sue The Pants off them .
Actors Herbie Faye and Ned Glass also Resemble each other.
I saw an actor on Fantasy Island
Who looked Exactly Like
And Bernie West Resemble
Each Other. Alan Oppenheimer played Mickey Malph on one episode Only of Happy Days (AKA The Fonz where
Officer Kirk (ED Peck tried
to run Fonzie out of town)
And Bernie West who played crooked lawyer
Wayne Hinshaw on one
Episode Only of Gomer Pyle USMC do resemble each other and Actors
Sterling Holloway and
Jack GILFORD resemble
"When a Hollywood exec shrewishly told the actor his face was too repulsive for the pictures[...]"
There. I fixed it for you.
He was in some great movies such as Meet John Doe. He was hilarious in Mad Mad Mad
World as the fire chief warning the madcaps not to all grab on to the fire truck ladder.
Any of you guys who haven't seen Mad Mad Mad World, you are cheating yourself,
Jonathon Winters tearing apart a service station is one of the greatest bits ever.
close my eyes while listening in order to enjoy Poo's voice. He had a wicked sense of humor. 🤠 I was amazed to discover he hadn't lost a hair on his head.
over the average or homely person. Jennifer O'Neill was a terrible actress, never worse than
in Duke Wayne's Rio Lobo, yet she was a star, on looks lone.
Blonde chippy newsreaders get jobs over accomplished journalists who are only average
looking, then 12 years later when they are canned for the latest 'hot' blonde
24 year old they then sue for ageism, completely unaware of the irony. Yes it isn't fair that
women especially suffer for getting older, but these airheads didn't mind when they
unfairly got a job over a better prepared person in the 1st place.
Wow, you sure read me wrong. I got stuck on a jury for 6 days because a newswoman
sued her station for ageism. It was apparent to all she was marginally more intelligent
than a dunny house door after she was cross examined - "um, like New Mexico isn't a state,
right?" - then she suddenly settled with the station. Judge takes 6 seconds to dismiss
jury, after we spent 6 days listening to this stuff. Lawyers get paid, courthouse staff gets
paid, the ditzy newsreader she got paid, all at the expense of the poor saps on the jury
who were subjected to this sideshow while taken away from our families/jobs.
Side By Side Photos of movie
And TV actors STERLiNG
HOLLYWAY and JACK GILFORD
With No Luck because I think that Sterling Holloway and
Jack Guilford Resemble each
Other . Can anybody Post a
Photo of Jack Guilford and a
Photo of Sterling Hollyway to
See if they resemble each other.
I know that TV and movie actors
Herbie Faye and Ned Glass
Look a lot alike.
Sterling Holloway (Left)
And Jack Guilford(Right).
Also I would like to mention that Ned Glass
Ran the Hangout of either
The Jets or the Sharks(I
Don't remember whether the Sharks OE Jets had the
Hangout where Ned Glass
Worked and I can't remember the name of the
Character that Ned Glass
Played) and Herbie Faye
Played Pops the man that
Ran the Dukes hangout on
Happy Days in the episode
Knock Around The Block.
Richie Cunningham was friends with Frankie in that.episode and the Dukes
Stole Postie's bicycle.
Herbie Faye and Ned Glass
Both appeared on Gomer
Pyle USMC and The Dick Van Dyke Show in different
I remember Sterling Holloway
And Jack Guilford in several TV shows but I
Can't remember the names
Of any movies that Jack
Gilford and Sterling Holloway were in over the. Years.Anyone remember