Actor, dancer and choreographer Geoffrey Holder, known as Baron Samedi in Bond movie Live and Let Die, has died at 84.
Born in Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago, Geoffrey Holder was also a composer, a designer and a celebrated painter.
Geoffrey Holder will be best remembered to many as the cackling Voodoo villain who dogged Roger Moore’s footsteps in his first outing as secret agent James Bond.
His other films included 1982 musical Annie, in which he played Punjab.
Often cast in exotic roles, Geoffrey Holder played a tribal chieftain in 1967 film Doctor Dolittle and a sorcerer in Woody Allen’s Everything You Always Wanted to Know About S** (But Were Afraid to Ask).
Geoffrey Holder is known as Baron Samedi in Bond movie Live and Let Die
More recently, his distinctive bass voice was heard narrating Tim Burton’s 2005 film version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Geoffrey Holder, one of four children, was taught to dance by his older brother Boscoe, joining his dance company at the age of seven.
He became director of the company in the late 1940s after Boscoe moved to London, before moving to the US in 1954.
Geoffrey Holder made his Broadway debut that same year in House of Flowers, a Caribbean-themed musical in which he first played Baron Samedi.
A top-hated spirit of death in Haitian Voodoo culture, the character made full use of the actor’s imposing physique and physical dexterity.
Geoffrey Holder won two Tony Awards for best costume design and musical direction in the original Broadway production of The Wiz, an all-black version of The Wizard of Oz. He also appeared in an all-black version of Waiting for Godot.
According to a family spokesman, Geoffrey Holder died on Sunday, October 4, in New York from complications caused by pneumonia, He is survived by his wife, Carmen de Lavallade, and their son Leo.
[youtube aRhoH6nLSrQ 650]
Bond villain Richard Kiel has died in hospital in Fresno, California, on September 10 at the age of 74.
Richard Kiel played steel-toothed villain Jaws in two James Bond films, The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 and Moonraker in 1979.
A spokeswoman for Saint Agnes Medical Center confirmed Richard Kiel’s death, but did not reveal the cause.
The 7ft 2in actor also appeared in the sports comedy Happy Gilmore, starring Adam Sandler, in 1996.
Richard Kiel made his name as cable-chomping henchman Jaws opposite Roger Moore as 007.
Roger Moore said he was “totally distraught” at the death of his co-star.
“We were on a radio program together just a week ago,” said Roger Moore.
Richard Kiel played steel-toothed villain Jaws in two James Bond films, The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 and Moonraker in 1979
The former Bond star added: “[I] can’t take it in.”
The character of Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me was originally intended to die at the end of the movie, but he was so popular with fans that Richard Kiel was brought back to reprise the role in Moonraker.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Richard Kiel had the hormonal condition acromegaly, which was said to have contributed to his height.
His first break came in 1959 when he played the alien Kanamit in Twilight Zone.
Richard Kiel published an autobiography in 2002, called Making It Big In The Movies.
His many other acting roles included deadly assistant Voltaire in the 1960s TV series The Wild, Wild West; playing opposite William Shatner in the 1970s TV sitcom Barbary Coast; taking on the lead character of Eli Weaver in the movie The Giant of Thunder Mountain; and spoofing his most famous role as “Famous big guy with silver teeth” in the movie version of Inspector Gadget.
In recent years, Richard Kiel also spent much of his time touring the world and appearing at conventions to meet Bond fans.
[youtube wSosam5WjS8 650]