Geoffrey Holder

Geoffrey Holder

Infobox actor
name = Geoffrey Holder

caption = Holder with wife Carmen De Lavallade. photo by Carl Van Vechten, 1955
birthdate = birth date and age|1930|8|1
location = Port of Spain, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
occupation = Actor, choreographer, costume designer, dancer, painter, vocalist, voice-over artist
yearsactive = 1957–2005
spouse = Carmen De Lavallade (1955-present)
homepage =
tonyawards = Best Direction of a Musical
1975 "The Wiz"
Best Costume Design
1975 "The Wiz"
awards = Drama Desk Award
Outstanding Costume Design
1975 "The Wiz"

Geoffrey Holder (born August 1 1930) is a Trinidadian actor, choreographer, dancer, painter, costume designer, singer and voice-over artist.


Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Holder is known for his towering 200-centimeter (six-foot, six-inch) height, heavily accented deep basso voice and hearty laugh. With that and his appearance in the 1970s 7 Up soft drink "uncola" advertising campaign, Holder's image quickly became recognizable.

Though the 7 Up advertising campaign lasted only a short while in the early 1970s,Fact|date=June 2008 the company revived the campaign in the early 1980sFact|date=June 2008 after Holder achieved a spike in popularityFact|date=June 2008 in the movie version of the musical "Annie", in which he played the role of Punjab.

He is a prolific painter, ardent art collector, and performer who has also authored books and composed music.Fact|date=June 2008

Holder is married to dancer Carmen De Lavallade, whom he met when both were in the Broadway cast of "Flower Drum Song".Fact|date=June 2008 As of date, they live in New York City and have one son, Leo Anthony Lamont.Fact|date=June 2008 Holder's brother is the London-based artist Boscoe Holder.Fact|date=June 2008



*"The Boys' Choir of Harlem and Friends", Staged Concert, 1993 - Staging
*"The Wiz", 1984 Revival - Direction, Costume Design
*"Timbuktu!" - Original Musical, 1978 - Direction, Choreography, Costume Design, Playbill Cover Illustration
*"The Wiz" - Original Musical, 1975 - Direction, Costume Design
*"Josephine Baker" - Musical Review, 1964 - Performer
*"Waiting for Godot" - Revival (all black cast), 1957 - Performer
*"House of Flowers", Original Musical, 1964 - Banda dance choreography, performer


*"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (film)", 2005 - narration
*"Goosed", 1999
*"Boomerang" - 1992
*"Annie", 1982
*"Doctor J. Kanye", 1978
*"Swashbuckler" 1976
*"Live and Let Die", 1973 - also choreography
*"Doctor Dolittle", 1967


*"Cyberchase" as Master Pi in "Secrets of Symmetria" (episode 118), 2002 and "Double Trouble" (episode 209), 2003
*"Bear in the Big Blue House", 1997
*"The 62nd Annual Academy Awards", 1990 - performing
*"Alice in Wonderland", 1983
*7-Up commercials (The Un-cola)
*"What's My Line", circa 1972
*"Isle of Capri Casino" (commercials), late 1980s


*KYOT-FM in Phoenix, Arizona, 1994-present - Voiceover


*cite book | last=Holder | first=Geoffrey | coauthors=Harshman Tom | title=Black Gods, Green Islands | location=Garden City, New York | publisher=Doubleday | year=1959 | isbn=0837127890
*cite book | last=Holder | first=Geoffrey | coauthors= | title=Geoffrey Holder's Caribbean Cookbook | location=New York | publisher=Viking Press | year=1973 | oclc=2700931
*cite book | last=Holder | first=Geoffrey | coauthors= | title=Adam | location=New York | publisher=Viking | year=1986 | isbn=0670810282
*cite book | last=Holder | first=Geoffrey | coauthors=University Art Museum. | title=Geoffrey Holder: the painter | location=Albany, New York | publisher=State University of New York at Albany | year=1995 | isbn=0910763135
*cite book | last=Holder | first=Geoffrey | coauthors=Falke, Stefan; Lovelace, Earl | title=The Dancing spirits of Trinidad: Moko Jumbies | location=New York | publisher=Pointed Leaf Press | year=2004 | isbn=0972766138



External links

* [ Geoffrey Holder's oral history video excerpts] at The National Visionary Leadership Project

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