Thunderball actor, Earl Cameron dies aged 102

Thunderball actor, Earl Cameron dies aged 102

Popular British actor, Earl Cameron has reportedly kicked the bucket at the age of 102.

 

The Thunderball, Inception and Doctor Who star was confirmed to have died by Bermudian newspaper The Royal Gazette.

 

Cameron was one of the first-ever black actors to star in a British film and is credited with breaking the ‘colour bar’ in the United Kingdom.

 

In 1951, he took a leading role in the noir crime film Pool of London; breaking major boundaries in an industry that had only cast a handful of black actors in prominent roles prior to that point.

 

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In 2017, Earl Cameron told The Guardian:

‘I never saw myself as a pioneer.

It was only later, looking back, that it occurred to me that I was.’

A pool of London was the first British film to show a mixed-race relationship, with Cameron’s character Johnny romancing a white woman.

 

The actor arrived in the UK from Bermuda in 1939, and it was difficult for him to find acting work, but he was given a role in the chorus line in the theatre production of Chu Chin Chow.

 

After landing his role in Pool of London, he went on to appear in films like Simba, Adongo, Sapphire and Guns at Batasi, before in 1965.

 

He bagged his most high profile role yet, starring as Pinder in the James Bond film Thunderball; alongside Sean Connery. The following year.

 

Equally important, he starred as astronaut Williams in the Doctor Who episode The Tenth Planet; becoming the first black actor to ever play an astronaut.

 

In 1973, Cameron starred alongside Sidney Poitier in A Warm December; but at the end of the 70s, he left acting to establish a Baha’i centre in the Solomon Islands.

 

He passed away on Friday, July 3.

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