Geoffrey Holder

Geoffrey Holder

  • Birthday: 1930-08-01
  • Deathday: 2014-10-05
  • Place of birth: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Biography

Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad of African descent, Holder was an actor known for his towering 200-centimeter (6'6") height, heavily accented deep basso voice and hearty laugh. With that and his appearance in the 1970s 7 Up soft drink "uncola" advertising campaign, Holder's image quickly became recognizable. He was also in the 1967 movie Dr. Dolittle as William Shakespeare, "Willy," and played Baron Samedi, one of the main villain's henchmen, in the 1973 James Bond film, Live and Let Die. Though the 7 Up advertising campaign lasted only a short while in the early 1970s, the company revived the campaign in the early 1980s after Holder achieved a spike in popularity in the 1982 movie version of the musical Annie, in which he played the role of Punjab. He was a prolific painter, ardent art collector, and performer who had also authored books and composed music. As a choreographer, he created dance pieces for many companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Dance Theatre of Harlem. Holder was married to dancer Carmen De Lavallade, whom he met when both were in the cast of Truman Capote's House of Flowers. .

Filmography

Live and Let Die

1973

As Baron Samedi

Swashbuckler

1976

As Cudjo

Annie

1982

As Punjab

Doctor Dolittle

1967

As William Shakespeare X

Tropical Rainforest

1992

As Narrator

Chance or Coincidence

1998

As Gerry

The Magistical

2008

As Narrator

Ghost of a Chance

1987

As Johnson

Boomerang

1992

As Nelson

Christmas

1986

As Ghost of Christmas Future

The Noah

1975

As Friday

The Gold Bug

1980

As Jupiter

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

2005

As Narrator (voice)

Carib Gold

1957

As Voo Doo Dancer

Lights, Camera, Annie!

1982

As Self / Punjab

Goggles!

1974

As (voice)

Krakatoa, East of Java

1968

As Sailor

Carmen & Geoffrey

2005

As Self

Alice in Wonderland

1983

As Cheshire Cat

Aladdin

1958

As Genie

Production

Live and Let Die

1973

As Choreographer

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