Earl Cameron, who broke down racial boundaries by changing into certainly one of British film’s first black stars within the 1950s, has died on the age of 102, his household stated Saturday.
The Bermuda-born Cameron appeared within the 1951 hit “Pool of London”, notable for being Britain’s first main film to function an interracial relationship. He had a minor position within the 1965 James Bond film “Thunderball” and appeared in Sidney Poitier’s 1973 film “A Warm December”.
While Cameron remained comparatively unknown outdoors Britain, his demise prompted a string of tributes from actors and politicians. The Guardian newspaper referred to as him “Britain’s first black film star”.
David Burt, the premier of Bermuda, stated the whole Caribbean island nation was “celebrating his long and remarkable life”.
Cameron, who arrived in Britain in 1939 and began out as a stage actor in London’s West End, stated in 2017 that he by no means noticed himself as a pioneer. “It was only later, looking back, that it occurred to me what I was,” he recalled.
Cameron’s youngsters stated in an announcement quoted by The Guardian that “as an actor, he refused to take roles that demeaned or stereotyped the character of people of colour”.
He additionally featured commonly on British tv within the 1960s, together with with a job within the widespread “Dr Who” sequence.