Earl Cameron, Trailblazing ‘Thunderball’ and ‘Doctor Who’ Actor, Dies at 102

Earl Cameron, Trailblazing ‘Thunderball’ and ‘Doctor Who’ Actor, Dies at 102
Earl Cameron, widely considered “Britain’s first Black film star,” died in his sleep on Friday. He was 102.

Born in Bermuda on August 8, 1917, Cameron served in the British Merchant Navy before transitioning to acting. After some time as a stage actor on the West End, Cameron made his onscreen debut as the star of 1951’s “Pool of London,” a noir crime drama about the crew members of a merchant ship. In the film, Cameron played a sailor who romances a white woman (Susan Shaw).

Pool of London” was credited as the first British film to feature an interracial relationship, as well as the first mainstream British film with a major role for a Black actor.

From there, Cameron went on to have major roles in both film and television, in projects like “Sapphire,” “The Dark Man,” “The Prisoner,” and Sidney Poitier’s “A Warm December.” In 1965, after originally being considered
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