“He’s a great character, very witty, very modest, he will be missed,” said Beckett.
Known for playing in Docteur Who and the James Bond film Thunderball, Cameron arrived in the United Kingdom in 1939 after joining the British merchant navy.
He first appeared on screen in the 1951 film London swimming pool, which at the time was a rare role for a black actor.
In 2009 Cameron was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
His last actor credit saw him appear in the 2010 film Start, directed by Christopher Nolan and with Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page.
Beckett said that Cameron “took shelter because of Covid and didn’t really want to go out, he had chest problems. ”
He added, “He would never accept roles that demeaned people of color … he was often subject to a lot of racial bias, but he never got really angry. He took pity on people who could not accept it. ”
Country Star David Harewood called Cameron a “total legend” by paying tribute to the actor.
A total legend. RIP Earl Cameron. https://t.co/d6fZ3CYx6m
– David Harewood (@DavidHarewood) 4 juillet 2020
The official Docteur Who Twitter account published: “We are sad to report the death of Earl Cameron, who starred in” The Tenth Planet “and was one of the first black actors to build a successful career in British film and television. “
We are sad to report the death of Earl Cameron, who starred in “The Tenth Planet” and was one of the first black actors to forge a successful career in British film and television: https: // t. co / vfcnYvItQB #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/JXxRlKw1R6
– Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) 4 juillet 2020
The official James Bond account wrote: “We are sorry to hear that Earl Cameron, who played Pinder in Thunderball, died at the age of 102. Our thoughts are with his family right now. “
We are sorry to hear that Earl Cameron, who played Pinder in Thunderball, died at the age of 102. Our thoughts are with his family right now. pic.twitter.com/vOQrWQQAf1
– James Bond (@ 007) July 4, 2020
The stranger Actor Ray Fearon tweeted, “Me and Grand Earl Cameron for his 100th birthday unveiling a plaque to Ira Aldridge in Coventry. RIP Grand Monsieur. Thank you for leading us here! “
Me and Grand Earl Cameron on the occasion of his 100th birthday unveiling a plaque to Ira Aldridge in Coventry. RIP Grand Monsieur. Thank you for leading the way for us here! ❤ pic.twitter.com/8tiGTjQXCr
– ray fearon (@ray_fearon) 4 juillet 2020
See more tributes to Cameron below:
I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of the iconic actor #Bermudien Earl Cameron. I join the Bermuda community to celebrate their long and remarkable life. On behalf of the Government and people of Bermuda, I offer my sincere condolences to his wife, children and family. pic.twitter.com/J9LBGEJxMJ
– Prime Minister David Burt (@BermudaPremier) July 4, 2020
RIP Earl Cameron died at the age of 102! Sad that we have not seen more opportunities granted to this beautiful actor during his long career … but certainly a breaker of land and a great legacy to celebrate today! #EarlCameron #BlackActorsMatter pic.twitter.com/A0rPPBEpsI
– Matthew Bourne (@SirMattBourne) 4 juillet 2020
In Memory of Earl Cameron (1917-2020) https://t.co/bIFaZUFcq4 pic.twitter.com/PUEH5bzfFM
– Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 4, 2020
Have a drink with Louis Mahoney and Earl Cameron, both lost this week. Beautiful actors, and back to day two of the most prominent people of color in an extremely white profession. In Doctor Who of course, and much more, from Cry Freedom to Inception. pic.twitter.com/DnhKbla5oD
– Nicholas Pegg (@NicholasPegg) 4 juillet 2020
Very sad to wake up to the news of the death of Earl Cameron at 102 years old. I interviewed him ten years ago for the DVD of the tenth planet and I was struck down by a worthy and kind man, absolutely laden with grace. RIP pic.twitter.com/NDn7qxUA59
– Chris Chapman (@ ChrisChapman81) 4 juillet 2020
Earl Cameron was a natural born artist who took on each role. His legacy with live we opened the way and passed on the creative relay to others #RIP ❤️ #EarlCameron https://t.co/OYai03tU4g
– Floella Benjamin (@FloellaBenjamin) July 4, 2020
We have lost another legend, the famous actor Earl Cameron CBE! I One of the first blacks I saw on television. I remember how excited my family was every time he appeared. “Earl is on TV again, come on!” »A real inspiration. Rest in eternal power, great man. pic.twitter.com/hGUAG9sugB
– Roy Williams (@royboywilliams) July 4, 2020
Giant man. The pioneering shoulders of his generation are what my generation of actors stands on. No shoulder was wider than this gentleman in the voice of God and in the heart of a benevolent prince. RIP Earl Cameron. 🖤 https://t.co/BTonZcm13x
– Paterson Joseph (@ignatius_sancho) July 4, 2020