In the classic 007 flick “Live and Let Die” Geoffrey Holder plays henchman Baron Samedi, a Voodoo worshiping gangster living in Lousiana. In reality, however, the actor and acclaimed painter resides in a spacious Soho loft. Figures. Perhaps he has decided to retreat back to the bayou, however, as he has sold the apartment for a Bond-worthy sum, city records show.
Mr. Holder, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, was trained in dance at an early age and appeared in such storied films as Dr. Doolittle as William Shakespeare X, (the leader of Sea-Star Island, home to the Great Pink Sea Snail, if our memory serves us correctly) and Annie as Daddy Warbucks’s beloved manservant Punjab. He began to focus on choreography, costume design (for which he won two Tony awards) and painting. In 1955 he married fellow dancer Carmen De Lavallade, who signed the deed in neat cursive script as Mr. Holder’s agent, documents show.
According to a listing from Corcoran agent Stephen Brooks, the home was a live-in studio for Mr. Holder. The space spans a full 5,000-square-feet, practically every inch of which is covered in various objects d’art. The loft boasts 14.5′ beamed ceilings with six original Corinthian columns throughout the three-bedroom, two-bath pad.
Mr. Holder put the abode on the market in December 2008 for $5.495 million. Several brokers and a few price chops later, the buyer, James Carney paid just $3.6 million for the space.