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Holder in November 2008

Geoffrey Richard Holder (August 1, 1930 – October 5, 2014) was an Trinidadian movie, television, stage, radio, voice actor, choreographer, director, dancer, painter, costume designer, and singer. Holder was known for his deep soft voice. He was in The Wiz, Annie, Live and Let Die, Bear in the Big Blue House, Doctor Dolittle. He narrated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Holder won 2 Tony Awards in 1975 and a Drama Desk Award in 1975.

Holder was born on August 1, 1930 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago.[1] He studied at Queens Royal College. He was married to Carmen de Lavallade from 1955 until his death in 2014. Holder had a brother, Boscoe Holder.

Holder died in Manhattan, New York City from pneumonia, aged 84.[2]


  1. Zita Allen. "Great Performances - Biography, Geoffrey Holder". Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, Cited By PBS. Retrieved 26 Nov 2011. 
  2. Dunning, Jennifer; McDonald, William (6 October 2014). Geoffrey Holder, Dancer, Choreographer and Man of Flair, Dies at 84. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 

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