One of the first black actors to make his mark in the acting world in the United Kingdom, Earl Cameron was a legend in every sense of the word. He has worked on projects like Doctor Who, James Bond, Sapphire, and many more. When Cameron landed a starring role in Pool of London, only a handful of black actors had done the same in British films.
The British legend passed away this week at the age of 102.
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WHEN DID EARL CAMERON DIE?
Cameron died at his home in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, on Friday.
Earl’s agent confirmed his death to The Guardian, saying that “he passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and family.”
His children issued also issued a statement –
“Our family have been overwhelmed by the outpourings of love and respect we have received at the news of our father’s passing … As an artist and as an actor he refused to take roles that demeaned or stereotyped the character of people of colour. He was truly a man who stood by his moral principles and was inspirational.”
During his career, Cameron was incredibly vocal about the rampant racism in the UK as well as within the acting industry.
Speaking to The Royal Gazette in 2018, he said –
“Coming from Bermuda in 1939, which was a very racist island, the degree of racism in England didn’t surprise me. I had grown up with it.”
Talking about the difficulties he had to face within the industry because of his race, he told The Guardian –
“Unless it was specified that this was a part for a black actor, they would never consider a black actor for the part. And they would never consider changing a white part to a black part. So that was my problem. I got mostly small parts, and that was extremely frustrating – not just for me but for other black actors. We had a very hard time getting worthwhile roles.”