Tony winner and 'Uncola' spokesman Geoffrey Holder dies at 84

October 6, 2014 11:26 PM

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Geoffrey Holder—whose oeuvre included Tony-winning stage work, Bond villainy, and a high-profile gig touting 7UP— has died, his family lawyer confirmed to EW. The cause was complications of pneumonia. As his New York Times obituary recounts, Holder, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, was a multi-hyphenate: a dancer, visual artist, actor, director, choreographer, and author. He met his wife, Carmen de Lavallade, during his 1954 Broadway debut, House of Flowers.

Holder won two 1975 Tony awards as costume designer and director of the musical The Wiz, and appeared in films like Live and Let Die (as Bond villain Baron Samedi) and Annie (as Punjab). But he was also known as the star of the 7UP “Uncola” ads in the 1970s and 80s. “The extraordinary performance of...

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