Earl Cameron, one of many first black actors to forge a profitable profession in British movie and tv, has died aged 102, a household good friend has stated.
Bermuda-born Cameron, who lived along with his spouse in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, died in his sleep on Friday, Martin Beckett stated.
Cameron first appeared on display within the 1951 movie Pool of London, in a uncommon starring function for a black actor.
His different credit embody 1965 Bond film Thunderball and Doctor Who.
Cameron was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) within the 2009 New Year Honours.
Mr Beckett stated: “He had sheltered himself because of Covid and had not really been keen on going out, he had chest problems.
“He’s an amazing character, very non secular, very modest, we will miss him.
“He would never take on roles that demeaned people of colour… he was often subject of a lot of racial prejudice, but he never really got angry about it. He pitied people that couldn’t accept him.”
Actor David Harewood referred to as Cameron “a total legend”.
Bermuda Premier David Burt tweeted: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of iconic Bermudian actor Earl Cameron.”
Paterson Joseph, who lately starred as Kamal Hadley within the BBC’s Noughts and Crosses sequence, stated Cameron was a “giant man”, whose “pioneering shoulders are what my generation of actors stand on”.
Artistic director Sir Matthew Bourne, stated he was a “groundbreaker” with a “great legacy”.
Cameron additionally starred alongside Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn within the 2005 movie The Interpreter.
His closing performing credit score was for a small half within the 2010 movie Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page.
Speaking to the BBC as he turned 100, Cameron stated he wished to see extra black actors in roles.
He stated: “There’s a lot of talent out there and I think the British film industry would prosper by using more black talent.”
Cameron joined the British service provider navy and arrived within the UK in 1939.
He advised the Royal Gazette he made his debut within the refrain of Chu Chin Chow, a West End present, when he was working as a dishwasher at a restaurant they usually wanted somebody rapidly.