Known for movies

Short Info

DiedOctober 5, 2014, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
SpouseCarmen de Lavallade
MarkTowering height.
FactFather of Leo Holder.

Geoffrey Holder was born on August 1, 1930, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. His parents were George Holder, a Barbadian carpenter, and Louise (née James) Holder, a Trinidadian domestic worker. He had four siblings: George, Louise, Gladys, and Sylvia. Holder’s early education took place at Queen’s Royal College in Port of Spain.

Holder’s career began as a dancer with the Caribbean Dance Theatre in Trinidad. He later moved to New York City, where he danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. In the 1960s, Holder began working as a choreographer and director. He staged several Broadway musicals, including “The Wiz” (1975), for which he won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical. Holder also directed and choreographed the 1984 film “Cotton Club”.

Holder’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. He has been married twice. His first wife was dancer Carmen de Lavallade, with whom he had two children: Lavinia and Leo. Holder’s second wife is actress Louise Kennedy. The couple has one child: a son named Duncan.

Holder is 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall and has a distinctive deep voice.

General Info

Full NameGeoffrey Holder
DiedOctober 5, 2014, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Height1.98 m
ProfessionSinger, Voice Actor, Painter, Costume designer, Theatre Director, Dancer, Choreographer
EducationQueen's Royal College


SpouseCarmen de Lavallade
ChildrenLeo Anthony Lamont
ParentsLouise de Frense, Arthur Holder
SiblingsBoscoe Holder


AwardsTony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, Tony Award for Best Costume Design, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, Latin America & Caribbean
NominationsDrama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography
MoviesLive and Let Die, Annie, Carmen & Geoffrey, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Doctor Dolittle, Boomerang, Swashbuckler, The Noah, Chance or Coincidence, Carib Gold, Tropical Rainforest: IMAX, Goosed, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, The History Makers: Courage
TV ShowsBear in the Big Blue House

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#Marks / Signs
1Towering height.
2A deep voice, very reminiscent of James Earl Jones
3Bald head & a deep laugh


1Passed away within 1 1/2 months after two other actors whom also played 007 Villian henchmen: Gottfried John (Goldeneye') and Richard Kiel ('the Spy who Loved me','Moonraker').
2Father of Leo Holder.
3Upon winning the best-director Tony Award in 1975, he said in his acceptance speech, "Just try making that out of a cola nut!" This was a reference to his television commercial for 7-Up, which ended with the same words.
4Younger brother of Boscoe Holder.
5In 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!"
6He was the bald "Un-cola Man" with the deep voice and memorable "Ha Ha Ha Ha" laugh in the 7-Up soda television commercials in the 1970s and 1980s.




Butterfield2008ShortMr. Emory
The Little Wizard: Guardian of the Magic Crystals2008Narrator
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory2005Narrator (voice)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory2005Video GameThe Narrator (voice)
Cyberchase2002-2003TV SeriesMaster Pi
Goosed1999Dr. Bowman
Hasards ou coïncidences1998Owner of Soutine's Bar
Bear in the Big Blue House1997TV SeriesRay the Sun (????-) (voice)
Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller1995Video GameJean St. Mouchoir (voice)
Where Confucius Meets the New Wave1987Narrator
Ghost of a Chance1987TV MovieJohnson
John Grin's Christmas1986TV MovieGhost of Christmas Future
Great Performances1983TV SeriesCheshire Cat
ABC Weekend Specials1980TV SeriesJupiter
The Noah1975Friday
Live and Let Die1973Baron Samedi
The Man Without a Country1973TV MovieSlave on ship
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask1972Sorcerer
It Takes a Thief1970TV SeriesPaul Trion
Krakatoa: East of Java1968Sailor
Tarzan1967-1968TV SeriesMayko / Zwengi
Doctor Dolittle1967William Shakespeare X
Androcles and the Lion1967TV MovieLion
Porgy and Bess1959Dancer (uncredited)
The DuPont Show of the Month1958TV SeriesGenie
Carib Gold1957Voodoo Dancer
The United States Steel Hour1957TV SeriesCalypso Singer


The Cosby Show1988-1989TV Series choreographer - 25 episodes
The Wiz1978Video director: play
Live and Let Die1973choreographer


The 62nd Annual Academy Awards1990TV Special performer: "Kiss the Girl", "Under the Sea"
Annie1982performer: "We Got Annie", "Finale Medley: I Don't Need Anything But You/We Got Annie/Tomorrow" - uncredited


Geoffrey Holder: The Unknown Side...2002Documentary

Costume Designer

The Wiz1978Video


Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode


The 29th Annual Tony Awards1975TV SpecialHimself
Bond 1973: The Lost Documentary1973Documentary shortHimself
The David Frost Show1969-1971TV SeriesHimself
Ni figue ni raisin1964TV SeriesHimself
All Night Long1962Himself (uncredited)
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2017Documentary post-productionHimself
The Apprentice2011TV SeriesHimself
Josephine Baker - Schwarze Diva in einer weißen Welt2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The History Makers2005Video documentaryHimself
Carmen and Geoffrey2005DocumentaryHimself
School's Out: Self-taught Artists2002Documentary shortWilliam Hawkins
Geoffrey Holder: The Unknown Side...2002DocumentaryHimself
The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story1996DocumentaryHimself
Tropical Rainforest1992Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHimself
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Performer: 'Kiss the Girl' and 'Under the Sea'
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1983TV Special documentaryHimself
Today1983TV SeriesHimself
Tom Cottle: Up Close1983TV SeriesHimself
Lights, Camera, Annie!1982TV Movie documentaryHimself / Punjab
All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story1982DocumentaryHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1981TV MovieHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesDancer / Himself - Singer / Himself - Actor
A Pirate Ship Sails Again! The Making of Swashbuckler1976Documentary shortHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

No Small Parts2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The 87th Annual Academy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Actor (In Memoriam)
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Top Gear2012TV SeriesBaron Seamedi
Premiere Bond: Opening Nights2006Video documentary shortHimself
Inside 'A View to a Kill'2000Video documentary shortBaron Samdei
Inside 'The Man with the Golden Gun'2000Video documentary shortBaron Samedi
Inside 'Live and Let Die'1999Video documentary shortHimself
Paris Is Burning1990DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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