Geoffrey Holder (1930–2014)


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Dancer, choreographer and actor Geoffrey Holder was born on August 1, 1930, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, into a middle-class family. One of four children, he was taught painting and dancing by his older brother Boscoe Holder, whose dance troupe, the Holder Dance Company, the young Geoffrey joined when he was seven years old. Geoffrey assumed ... See full bio »

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Known For

Annie Punjab
(1982)
Live and Let Die Baron Samedi
(1973)
Boomerang Nelson
(1992)

Filmography

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 2008 Butterfield (Short)
Mr. Emory
 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Narrator (voice)
 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Video Game)
The Narrator (voice)
 2002-2003 Cyberchase (TV Series short)
Master Pi
- Double Trouble (2003) ... Master Pi (voice)
- Problem Solving in Shangri-La (2002) ... Master Pi (voice)
 1997-2002 Bear in the Big Blue House (TV Series)
Ray the Sun / Ray the sun
- Welcome to Woodland Valley: Part 2 (2002) ... Ray the Sun (voice)
- Welcome to Woodland Valley: Part 1 (2002) ... Ray the Sun (voice)
- Read My Book (1999) ... Ray the Sun (voice)
- Let's Get Interactive (1999) ... Ray the Sun (voice)
- I've Got Your Number (1999) ... Ray the Sun (voice)
 1999 Goosed
Dr. Bowman
 1998 Chance or Coincidence
Owner of Soutine's Bar
 1995 Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller (Video Game)
Jean St. Mouchoir
 1992 Boomerang
Nelson
 1987 Ghost of a Chance (TV Movie)
Johnson
 1986 John Grin's Christmas (TV Movie)
Ghost of Christmas Future
 1983 Great Performances (TV Series)
Cheshire Cat
- Alice in Wonderland (1983) ... Cheshire Cat
 1982 Annie
Punjab
 1980 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series short)
Jupiter
- The Gold Bug (1980) ... Jupiter
 1976 Swashbuckler
Cudjo
 1975 The Noah
Friday
 1974 Goggles! (Short)
Narrated by (voice)
 1973 Live and Let Die
Baron Samedi
 1973 The Man Without a Country (TV Movie)
Slave on ship
 1970 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Paul Trion
- Nice Girls Marry Stockbrokers (1970) ... Paul Trion
 1968 Krakatoa: East of Java
Sailor
 1967-1968 Tarzan (TV Series)
Mayko / Zwengi
- A Gun for Jai (1968) ... Mayko
- The Pride of the Lioness (1967) ... Zwengi
 1967 Doctor Dolittle
William Shakespeare X
 1967 Androcles and the Lion (TV Movie)
Lion
 1962 All Night Long
Geoffrey Holder (uncredited)
 1959 Porgy and Bess
Dancer (uncredited)
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Genie
- Cole Porter's 'Aladdin' (1958) ... Genie
 1957 Carib Gold
Voo Doo Dancer (as Geoffery Holder)
 1957 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Calypso Singer
- The Bottle Imp (1957) ... Calypso Singer
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Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commercial: The Isle of Capri Casino, Lake Charles, Louisiana. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Geoffery Holder

Height:

6' 6" (1.98 m)

Spouse:

Carmen De Lavallade  (his death)  (1 child)

Children:

Leo Holder

Relatives:

Boscoe Holder (sibling)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

We are too quick to put labels on things. It is my profession. I get up and paint. Everyone wants to put a label on it, but I am a free spirit, so I fight against that. See more »

Trivia:

In 1975, won two Tony Awards for "The Wiz": as Best Director (Musical) and Best Costume Designer. He was also Tony-nominated as Best Costume Designer in 1978 for "Timbuktu!" See more »

Trademark:

Bald head & a deep laugh See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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