Geoffrey Holder

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. .
Name Geoffrey Holder
Also Known As
Birthday 1930-08-01
Deathday 2014-10-05
Gender Male
IMDB Geoffrey Holder profile on IMDB
Place of Birth Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
As: Narrator
1992-02-01
Tropical Rainforest...
As: Friday
1975-01-01
The Noah...
As: Jupiter
1980-02-02
The Gold Bug...
As: Himself
1982-09-10
All By Myself: The E...
As: Ghost of Christmas F
1986-12-01
Christmas...
As: Baron Samedi
1973-07-05
Live and Let Die...
As: Punjab
1982-06-18
Annie...
As: Gerry
1998-11-18
Hasards ou coïncide...
As: Narrator
2008-10-19
The Magistical...
As: Johnson
1987-05-12
Ghost of a Chance...
As: Nelson
1992-06-30
Boomerang...
As: Unknown
1957-09-30
Carib Gold...
As: Cudjo
1976-01-01
Swashbuckler...
As: William Shakespeare
1967-11-23
Doctor Dolittle...
As: Lion
1967-11-15
Androcles and the Li...
As: Sorcerer
1972-08-06
Everything You Alway...
As: Narrator (voice)
2005-07-13
Charlie and the Choc...

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As: Unknown
1997-10-20
Bear in the Big Blue...