View Full Version : R.I.P., Geoffrey Holder

10-06-2014, 10:07 PM
For many people of my generation, Mr. Holder was the Uncola Man in a serious of screamingly popular commercials for 7-Up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXmc7DG4uu8) or Baron Samedi in the James Bond flick (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRgICh0dK9I)Live and Let Die (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRgICh0dK9I). To me, he was both. Live and Let Die was the first Bond film I'd seen and I was more interested in Baron Samedi; hell, the rubber snake they burned was more interesting than Roger Moore.

I later found out he was a true Renaissance Man, known for his painting, dancing, and choreography; he won Best Director and Best Costume Design Tony awards for his work on The Wiz. Here is an account on his final hours, going out as the artist he was. Godspeed, Mr. Holder. (https://www.facebook.com/notes/carmen-de-lavallade/from-my-son-leo-holder-this-is-a-true-story/819776418056452)

10-06-2014, 10:23 PM

He was also Punjab in the original Annie movie with Carol Burnett and Tim Curry, then became the voice of the Isle of Capris casino chain. Very distinct voice.


10-06-2014, 10:56 PM
He had the most fantastic voice. I always hated 7UP, but wanted to like it just because of him.

10-07-2014, 01:01 AM
Made me tear up, reading that.

10-07-2014, 06:48 AM
How many of us would like to have that kind of story about our passing!

Ray Bolger presents Geoffrey Holder with the Best Director Tony for The Wiz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vTs-PLkVqY)

10-07-2014, 07:21 PM
That was gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the link, BenPanced.

10-07-2014, 07:35 PM
Thanks much for that. I shared it on FB, and hope I brightened a few days by doing so.

10-07-2014, 09:37 PM
You're welcome, everybody. I knew others would be touched by that tribute.