Geoffery Holder


Trinidadian Performing & Recording Artists

Date of Birth (DOB): 8/20/30
From: Trinidad and Tobago
Best Known for: "Never had Caffeine never will" spokesperson for 7-UP

Bio: Born in Trinidad and educated at Queens Royal College, Geoffery Holder began his career as professional dancer in his brother Roscoe's travelling troupe. He toured the West Indies and Puerto Rico before making his New York stage debut in the 1954 Broadway musical House of Flowers. In 1964 he went to Paris to perform with Josephine Baker. His subsequent stage work has earned him numerous awards, including two Tonys; one for direction and the other for costume design (1974's The Wiz). He has appeared in major film roles as Baron Samedi in the 1973 James Bond thriller "Live and Let Die", Punjab in "Annie" (1981), and Nelson in “Boomerang” (1992). He is best known to TV fans for his Seven Up commercials, in which he elegantly and laughingly extolled the virtues of "Un-Cola Nuts." Outside of his theatrical and film accomplishments, Holder is an accomplished painter and his works having been showcased in several major international exhibitions. He has authored several books including a 1974 Caribbean cooking book. He is married to dancer Carmen de Lavallade.'s complete profile on Geoffery Holder
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