Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

(August 1, 1930–October 5, 2014): Tall (six feet, six inches), imposing actor/dancer/choreographer who portrayed the mystical Baron Samedi in Live and Let Die. Better known at the time for his soft drink commercials than his film and television roles, Holder was perfectly cast as the giant henchman of Kananga (Yaphet Kotto) who may or may not be a supernatural being.

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Holder made his motion picture debut as a voodoo dancer in director Harold Young’s Carib Gold (1957). His other big-screen credits include Doctor Dolittle (1967); Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972); Annie (1982), as Punjab; and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), as the voice of the narrator.


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