Just weeks after losing Richard Kiel, another legendary Bond villain actor has passed away – 84-year-old Geoffrey Holder died due to complications from pneumonia on Sunday.
A dancer, choreographer, actor and Tony winner, Holder is mostly known for his iconic deep voice and distinct laugh along with his tall stature. The Trinidad-born entertainer memorably played Baron Samedi in Roger Moore’s first James Bond outing “Live and Let Die”.
Other screen roles include the overt innuendo-producing advertisement director Nelson in the Eddie Murphy comedy “Boomerang,” the bodyguard Punjab in 1982’s “Annie” film adaptation, William Shakespeare X in “Doctor Dolittle,” a sailor in “Krakatoa: East of Java,” Sorcerer in Woody Allen’s “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask” and the narrator of Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. He also pitched 7UP in commercials during the 1970s and 1980s.
On the stage he participated in numerous musicals, most famously winning awards for his work as director and costume designer on “The Wiz”.