Mini Tribute: Pinto Colvig


Born September 11, 1892 Pinto Colvig

A quintessential clown, Pinto Colvig was a circus performer, Vaudeville actor and newspaper cartoonist before heading to Hollywood in 1921. There, he found work with comedy-king Mack Sennett, writing story titles, developing gags and performing bit parts. Colvig left Sennett a few years later, and found work with the Disney Studio, a perfect match for Colvig’s talent. Colvig voiced many characters, but is probably best known as the voice of Sleepy and Grumpy in the animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) — and the voice of Goofy and Pluto in all those Disney shorts!

Colvig was also the original “Bozo, the Capitol Clown,” narrating a series of storybook albums released by Capitol Records in the 1940s-50s.  He also starred as Bozo the Clown in the very first Bozo television series, Bozo’s Circus (1949) on KTTV-Channel 11 in Los Angeles.


Pinto Colvig montage: Goofy, Pluto, Grumpy, SleepyPinto Colvig, the voice of Disney’s Goofy, Sleepy, Pluto and Grumpy among others

“There’s dirty work afoot.”
-Pinto Colvig as Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

In 1993, Pinto Colvig received the Disney Legends Award for living up to the Disney principals of imagination, skill, discipline, craftsmanship and magic!


Pinto Colvig as Bozo the Capitol ClownPinto Colvig as Bozo the Capitol Clown


Three Clowns: Abbott and Costello with Pinto Colvig as Bozo the ClownThree Clowns: Abbott and Costello with Pinto Colvig as Bozo 🙂


Pinto Colvig, Disney Legend Plaque

Pinto Colvig was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1993.


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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