‘The Andy Griffith Show’: One Guest Star Was Featured in Several Iconic Disney Films

by Keeli Parkey

Fans of “The Andy Griffith Show” might recognize actor Sterling Holloway as Bert Miller. The character appeared in the episode “The Merchant of Mayberry” on the iconic sitcom.

This was the 22nd episode of the show’s second season, according to IMDb.com. It originally aired on March 5, 1962. This episode of the show finds Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife providing assistance to a salesman from out of town, Mayberry.Fandom.com reported.

Sterling Holloway played that salesman. Andy and Barney help Bert partly to annoy Ben Weaver. Weaver, as fans of the show already know, owned the department store in Mayberry. The locals help make Bert become competitive against Ben. but, in the end, Ben decides to hire Bert.

What fans of “The Andy Griffith Show” might not know is that Holloway had a very, very successful career as an actor thanks to his work in many widely popular Disney films. Additionally, Holloway was especially respected for his work as a voice actor.

According to IMDb.com, probably the most popular of all the characters Holloway voiced was Winnie the Pooh. You can just hear the character’s voice in your head right now, can’t you? Holloway also provided the voice of the Cheshire Cat in “Alice in Wonderland.” That film was released in 1951. In 1967, he was the voice of Kaa the Snake in Disney’s “The Jungle Book.” Also, in 1970, he voiced Roquefort in “The Aristocats.”

Learn More About This Guest Star on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’

According to IMDb.com, Sterling Holloway was born on Jan. 4, 1905, in Cedartown, Georgia. His father worked as a grocer.

Like so many other actors who made it in Hollywood during the early half of the 19th century, Holloway’s career in entertainment began on the stage. A major step forward in his career occurred in 1925. That year, he appeared in “Garrick Gaieties.” In this stage production, Holloway showcased the song, “Manhattan.” The song was a hit for the famous composing team of Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers.

Ironically, the man who would be the voice of popular Disney characters began his movie career in a silent film.

“I didn’t like making silent movies,” Holloway once said, according to IMDb.com. “Perhaps it was because I was from the stage and accustomed to a completely different routine.”

But, roles in films with sound would follow. The website also reports that Sterling Holloway typically played comedic roles. However, he did get to play a dramatic role in “A Walk in the Sun.” This war film came out in 1945 and Holloway played a soldier.

In addition to his appearance on “The Andy Griffith Show” during the early 1960s, Holloway also appeared in the “Adventures of Superman” during the 1950s. He played Uncle Oscar on that popular show. Holloway also acted on such television shows as “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “F Troop” just to name a few.

Holloway died on Nov. 22, 1992, in Los Angeles, California.