Rest in peace British film actor – Earl Cameron
Earl Cameron was a pioneer in the British Cinema whose life urges us to remember the phrase: “Where the mind is without fear.” Cameron was one of the foremost actors to break the “color barrier.” He starred in “Pool of London”- a British noir crime film in 1951. He was cast for supporting roles in various British movies to starring as entertainment legends like James Bond. The actor played the protagonist in “Doctor Who” before acting for “The Interpreter” and departed this life at the age of 102 in Warwickshire.
The legend involved acting as he was looking for a way to earn at the time of World War II, playing diverse characters in theatre. He trained under Ira Aldridge’s granddaughter, and his entry into cinema was a revolution in the British industry. In “Pool of London,” he played the role of a merchant named Johnny Lambert and got acquainted with a white lady during his time off from the shore. This was the first movie portraying interracial relationships.
Cameron worked consistently, playing specific stereotyped roles like that of a doctor in “Simba,” a witch doctor in “British Kenya,” and so on. Further, he acted as an intelligence officer in the Bahamas in the film “Thunderbolt,” fourth as James Bond, got him to earn his 007 stripes. Being a Black actor, he struggled a lot to get valuable roles. Another black actor joined Cameron in the revolution, further paving the way for other Black actors. He was Sidney Poitier, who directed and additionally starred alongside Cameron in “A Warm December.”
He was the youngest among the six siblings, born in Bermuda, and came to England after joining British merchant marine in 1939. When World War II began, Blacks did not hope to get any job, and Cameron was not very qualified. The racism in England was not astonishing for him as he was brought up on an island where racism was prevalent.
Later in his life, Cameron was seen in various British and Hollywood movies, including “The Interpreter” in 2005 alongside Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman, The Queen in 2006 with Hellen Mirren and Inception in 2010. He contributed significantly to the British entertainment and was named a Commander of Most Excellent Order by Queen Elizabeth II.
In the world where people are discriminated based on their color, Earl Cameron’s journey and his legacy is an inspiration. It reminds us of his early life and how he strived to make a difference, which helped the other Blacks reach a better position.