‘Live and Let Die’s’ Baron Samedi, dies aged 84

Holder was 84, but was forever young in the eyes of James Bond fans for his compelling performance in what was Roger Moore's first outing as 007.

It looks like 2014 is going to be a year remembered by fans of James Bond for the tragic loss of several iconic actors from the movie series.

A few weeks back we had the sad duty to report on the passing of Richard Kiel who played Jaws in two Bond movies and today it is with equal sadness that we report on the passing of Geoffrey Holder who gave us a memorable turn as Baron Samedi the sadistic voodoo priest from ‘Live and Let Die’.

Holder was 84, but was forever young in the eyes of James Bond fans for his compelling performance in what was Roger Moore’s first outing as 007.

The actor passed way due to complication relating to pneumonia.

During his varied career, he 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.’

Holder was also an accomplished artist, 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.

The actors other well known roles include a giant native in ‘Doctor Dolittle,’ a sorcerer in ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask‘ and an Indian servant in ‘Annie.’

We here at scifipulse pass on our condolences to friends and family of Geoffrey Holder and our eternal thanks for the fantastic work that he did in his career as both actor and artist.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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