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Geoffrey Holder.

Actor-dancer-helmer won Tonys for 'The Wiz'

Actor and choreographer Geoffrey Holder, a two-time Tony winner for "The Wiz" who was famous for his deep voice and hearty, enthusiastic laugh, died of complications from pneumonia Oct. 5 in New York. He was 84. Despite his wide range of artistic achievements, Holder probably reached his widest audience in the role as pitchman for 7UP in commercials of the 1970s and 1980s, in which he pushed the virtues of the "un-cola."

His Tonys for 1975 original musical "The Wiz" came as director and costume designer. He was also director and costume designer for the 1984 revival.

He appeared in such films as "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* but Were Afraid to Ask," James Bond pic "Live and Let Die," and as Daddy Warbucks' bodyguard Punjab in John Huston's "Annie."

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Title Annotation:REMEMBERED; obituary of Geoffrey Holder
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 14, 2014
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