Geoffery Holder, who played Baron Samedi in the 1973 James Bond film Live And Let Die passed away Sunday at 84. Born in Trinidad, Holder left a mark in a variety of fields as a musician, choreographer, actor, director and designer, winning two Tony Awards in 1975 for his direction and costume designs for The Wiz. He was also a dancer, photographer, sculptor and painter.
Holder became the spokesman in the 70s and 80s for 7-Up using the tag lines of “Never had it, never will” and “Maaaahvaleous”.
Holder made his debut on Broadway in 1954 in House of Flowers a West Indies-set musical with a book by Truman Capote and Harold Arlen, who also wrote the music. This was significant as this is where he developed the character of Baron Samedi that would later appear opposite of Roger Moore as Bond. His other films included Doctor Dolittle, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex, Annie and Boomerang.