James Bond and Doctor Who actor dies

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Earl Cameron, one of the first black actors to achieve a successful career in British film and television, died at 102.The Bermuda-born actor, who lived with his wife in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, died in his sleep on Friday July 3, according to family friend Martin Beckett.

“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.

Earl Cameron at the 10th annual Bermuda International Film Festival. CREDIT: Rebecca Sapp / WireImage

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.

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. “

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. “

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! “

See more tributes to Cameron below:



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