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Geoffrey Holder

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. .

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Aug 1, 1930 In Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Carib Gold 1957-09-30
Latest Project:
Movie The Magistical 2008-10-19
Known For
Poster of Live and Let Die
Poster of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask
Poster of Doctor Dolittle
Poster of Carib Gold
Movie The Magistical Narrator 2008-10-19
Movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Narrator (voice) 2005-07-13
Movie Bear in the Big Blue House LIVE! - Surprise Party Ray 2002-06-12
Movie Chance or Coincidence Gerry 1998-11-18
Series Bear in the Big Blue House Unknown 1997-10-20
Movie Tropical Rainforest Narrator 1992-02-01
Movie Boomerang Nelson 1992-06-30
Movie Ghost of a Chance Johnson 1987-05-12
Movie Christmas Ghost of Christmas Future 1986-12-01
Movie Annie Punjab 1982-06-18
Movie All By Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story Himself 1982-09-10
Movie The Gold Bug Jupiter 1980-02-02
Movie Swashbuckler Cudjo 1976-01-01
Movie The Noah Friday 1975-01-01
Movie Live and Let Die Baron Samedi 1973-07-05
Movie Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask Sorcerer 1972-08-06
Series Great Performances Cheshire Cat 1971-01-28
Movie Androcles and the Lion Lion 1967-11-15
Movie Doctor Dolittle William Shakespeare X 1967-12-05
Movie Carib Gold Unknown 1957-09-30