Actor, dancer, painter Geoffrey Holder dies in New York at 84

October 6, 2014 9:13 PM

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Actor, dancer, painter Geoffrey Holder dies in New York at 84

He was best known as gentle giant Punjab in the 1982 film version of ‘Annie’ and the villainous if dapper Baron Samedi in 1973 James Bond movie ‘Live and Let Die.’ In those same years he became a familiar television face as the on-camera spokesman for 7Up’s 'Uncola' commercials.

Geoffrey Holder, a dancer, painter, director and actor who was equally comfortable saving Orphan Annie or menacing James Bond, died Sunday in New York. He was 84.

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