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Geoffrey Holder 1930-2014

Geoffrey Holder 1930-2014

Just a couple of weeks after the sad death of Richard "Jaws" Kiel, the James Bond pantheon has lost another of its iconic villains. Geoffrey Holder, who played Baron Samedi to unsettling effect in 1973's Live And Let Die, has passed away from complications stemming from pneumonia. He was 84.There was much more to Holder than voodoo henchmen. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, he began his career as a dancer aged just 7, and by the time he was 22 was teaching at the Katherine Dunham School of Dance in New York. Four years later he won a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work as a painter, whilst still finding time to work as a principal dancer with New York's Metropolitan Opera Ballet. He made his Broadway debut in 1954 in the musical House Of Flowers (co-written by Truman Capote), and co-starred in an all-black Waiting For Godot in 1957.His first

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