Geoffrey Holder

Geoffrey Holder

Highest Rated: 90% Carmen and Geoffrey (2009)

Lowest Rated: 0% Krakatoa East of Java (1969)

Birthday: Aug 1, 1930

Birthplace: Not Available

Towering, breathtakingly limber interpretive dancer Geoffrey Holder was born in Trinidad and educated at Queens Royal College. Holder's first professional dancing gig was in his brother Boscoe's travelling troupe. He toured the West Indies and Puerto Rico before making his New York stage debut in the 1954 Broadway musical House of Flowers. Heading his own troupe from 1956 onward, Holder appeared as both an ensemble dancer and as soloist and choreographer in "outside" productions. He made his dramatic bow in 1957 in the near-mime role of Lucky in Waiting for Godot. His subsequent stage work has earned him numerous awards, including two Tonys--one for direction, the other for costume design--for 1974's The Wiz. His film roles leaned towards the exotic, e.g. Baron Samedi in the 1973 Bond thriller Live and Let Die (1973) and Punjab in Annie (1981), and he provided the narration for Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005. He is best known to TV fans for his series of mid-1970 Seven Up commercials, in which he elegantly and laughingly extoled the virtues of "Un-Cola Nuts." Outside of his theatrical and film accomplishments, Holder is an accomplished painter, his works having been showcased in several major international exhibitions and was also the author of many books, including a 1974 volume on Caribbean cooking. He was married to dancer Carmen de Lavallade. Holder died in 2014 at age 84.

Highest Rated Movies



90% Carmen and Geoffrey Actor 2009
83% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Narrator $206.2M 2005
No Score Yet History Makers Actor 2005
No Score Yet Bear in the Big Blue House - Heroes of Woodland Valley Actor 2002
No Score Yet Bear in the Big Blue House - Everybody's Special Actor 2001
No Score Yet Hasards ou coïncidences (Chance or Coincidence) Gerry 1998
No Score Yet The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story Actor 1996
44% Boomerang Nelson 1992
No Score Yet Tropical Rainforest Narrator 1992
No Score Yet Dance Black America Actor 1985
No Score Yet All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story Actor 1983
57% Annie Punjab 1982
No Score Yet The Gold Bug Jupiter 1981
44% Swashbuckler Cudjo 1976
No Score Yet The Noah Friday 1975
66% Live and Let Die Baron Samedi 1973
No Score Yet The Man Without a Country Actor 1973
87% Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask The Sorceror 1972
0% Krakatoa East of Java Bazooki Man 1969
29% Doctor Dolittle Willie Shakespear 1967
No Score Yet All Night Long Himself 1962


No Score Yet Cyberchase
Voice 2003
No Score Yet Great Performances
The Cheshire Cat 1983
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
Paris Couturier 1970
No Score Yet Bear in the Big Blue House


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