News - October 7, 2014

Actor Geoffrey Holder dies aged 84
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Actor Geoffrey Holder dies aged 84

Geoffrey Holder, best known for his role as villainous henchman Baron Samedi in James Bond classic Live And Let Die, has died at the age of 84. 

Holder passed away on Sunday (October 5th). His spokesman confirmed that his cause of death was complications relating to pneumonia.

As well as enjoying a successful acting career, Holder was also an accomplished painter, sculptor and photographer, with his work having been shown in galleries such as Washington's Corcoran Gallery. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in painting in 1957.

He also directed a dance troupe, performed on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera, and won Tony Awards for musical direction and costume design for The Wiz.

It is for his role as Samedi though, who acted as henchman to Yaphet Kotto's Dr Kanega in the 1973 Roger Moore Bond flick Live And Let Die, that he will be best known. 

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