Geoffrey Holder, best known for his role as Baron Samedi in the 007 film Live and Let Die passed away in New York City, New York, on Sunday. He was 84 years old.
Charles M. Mirotznik, a spokesman for the family, told the New York Times the cause of death was due to complications of pneumonia.
Holder was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and was a multitalented man whose acting credits included being cast as the voodoo villain in Live and Let Die, Roger Moore’s first James Bond film. He also was cast in the musical Annie, Doctor Dolittle, Boomerang and as a sorcerer in Woody Allen’s Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask).
Aside from his film credits, Holder was an accomplished dancer, choreographer, composer, designer and painter, with some of his artistic works even shown at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, New York, The Independent reports.
Holder made his Broadway debut in 1954 as a featured dancer in House of Flowers. The production also featured Carmen de Lavallade, who later became his wife.
Holder was a truly brilliant and versatile man, who won two Tony Awards in 1975 for best costume design and musical direction in the original Broadway show The Wiz — an all-black cast adaption of The Wizard of Oz.
Holder is survived by his wife and their son, Leo Anthony Lamont. Our thoughts go out to Holder’s family and friends during this sad time.