Image of Geoffrey Holder

Geoffrey Holder

1930-08-01 Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Image of 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. .


The Magistical Narrator 2008-10-19
Carmen & Geoffrey Self 2005-02-04
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Narrator (voice) 2005-07-13
Bear in the Big Blue House LIVE! - Surprise Party Ray 2002-06-12
Hasards ou coïncidences Gerry 1998-11-18
Going, Going, Almost Gone! Animals in Danger 1995-04-01
Tropical Rainforest Narrator 1992-02-01
Boomerang Nelson 1992-06-30
Night of 100 Stars III Self 1990-05-21
Ghost of a Chance Johnson 1987-05-12
Christmas Ghost of Christmas Future 1986-12-01
Night of 100 Stars II Self 1985-03-10
Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat 1983-10-03
Annie Punjab 1982-05-21
Lights, Camera, Annie! Self / Punjab 1982-03-07
All By Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story Self 1982-09-10
The Gold Bug Jupiter 1980-02-02
Swashbuckler Cudjo 1976-07-29
The Noah Friday 1975-01-01
Goggles! (voice) 1974-06-21
Live and Let Die Baron Samedi 1973-06-27
Bond 1973: The Lost Documentary Self 1973-06-21
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask Sorcerer 1972-08-06
Krakatoa, East of Java Sailor 1968-12-26
Androcles and the Lion Lion 1967-11-15
Doctor Dolittle William Shakespeare X 1967-12-05
Aladdin Genie 1958-02-21
Carib Gold Voo Doo Dancer 1957-09-30