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Geoffrey Richard Holder (born 1 August 1930) is a Trinidadian actor, choreographer, director, dancer, painter, costume designer, singer and voice-over artist.

Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad of African descent, Holder is known for his towering 200-centimeter (6'6") height, heavily accented deep basso voice and hearty laugh. With that and his appearance in the 1970s 7 Up soft drink "uncola" advertising campaign, Holder's image quickly became recognizable. He was also in the 1967 movie Dr. Dolittle as William Shakespeare X, and played Baron Samedi, one of the villain's main henchmen, in the 1973 James Bond film, Live and Let Die.

Though the 7 Up advertising campaign lasted only a short while in the early 1970s, the company revived the campaign in the early 1980s after Holder achieved a spike in popularity in the 1982 movie version of the musical Annie, in which he played the role of Punjab. He recreated his role as the 7 Up Spokesman in the finale of the 2011 season of "The Celebrity Apprentice, " where he appeared as himself in a commercial for "7 Up Retro" for Marlee Matlin's team.

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