Hollywood has lost one of its pioneers.
Earl Cameron, the Bermuda-born British actor who famously appeared in roles spanning from Pool of London to Inception, died Friday, his relatives verified to E! News. The star was 102 several years outdated.
“Earl Cameron CBE passed absent peacefully on 03 July 2020 at his residence in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, surrounded by his wife and loved ones,” a assertion browse. “His family have been confused by the outpouring of like and regard they have acquired. He was a person who stood by his ethical principles and was inspirational. His deep dedication to the Baha’i Faith and the oneness of humanity educated all his choices. As an artist and actor he refused to settle for roles that demeaned or stereotyped the character of people today of colour. He will be regrettably missed.”
Immediately after years of theater operate, Cameron rose to fame in his 1st film, the 1951 Pool of London, in which he played a major part as a service provider sailor who falls in enjoy with a white lady. According to The Telegraph, it was the “initially major part for a Black actor in a British mainstream movie.”
“Very first British movie to show a mixed-race romantic relationship,” he informed The Guardian with a shrug in 2017. “But it felt organic to me. It felt like genuine lifetime.”