Earl Cameron

Last updated 15 July 2020

Earl Cameron (1917-2020)
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Earl Cameron CBE

Born: Wednesday 8th August 1917
Died: Friday 3rd July 2020 (age: 102)


Earl Cameron, CBE  is a Bermudian actor.

He appeared in the 1966 Doctor Who story The Tenth Planet

Cameron was born in Pembroke, Bermuda. His first stage experience came in 1942 when he talked his way into a West End production of Chu Chin Chow. He went on to act in a number of plays in London, including The Petrified Forest. 

He has appeared in the films Pool of London, Simba, The Heart Within, Sapphire (1959) in which played Dr Robbins; and The Message (1976) - the story of the Prophet Muhammad.

Other film appearances have included: Tarzan the Magnificent (1960), in which he played Tate; No Kidding (1960); Flame in the Streets (1961), in which he played Gabriel Gomez; Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963), in which he played Mang;Guns at Batasi (1964), in which he played Captain Abraham; Battle Beneath the Earth (1967), in which he played Sergeant Seth Hawkins; The Sandwich Man (1966), in which he played a bus conductor; and the James Bond movie Thunderball (1965), in which he played Bond's Caribbean assistant Pinder Romania.

His most recent film appearances include a major role in The Interpreter (2005), playing the fictitious dictator Edmond Zuwanie. 

One of Cameron's earliest TV roles was a starring part in the BBC 1960 TV drama The Dark Man, in which he played a West Indian cab driver in the UK. The show examined the reactions and prejudices he faced in his work. In 1956 he had a smaller part in another BBC drama exploring racism in the workplace, Man From The Sun, in which he appeared as community leader Joseph Brent.

He appeared in a range of popular television shows including five episodes of the TV series Danger Man (Secret Agent in the US) alongside series star Patrick McGoohan. 

His other television work includes Emergency - Ward 10, The Zoo Gang, Crown Court (two different stories, each 3 episodes long, in 1973), Jackanory (a BBC children's series in which he read five of the Brer Rabbit stories in 1971), Dixon of Dock Green, Neverwhere, Waking the Dead, Kavanagh QC, Babyfather, EastEnders (a small role as a Mr Lambert), Dalziel and Pascoe, and Lovejoy.

He also appeared in a number of other one-off TV dramas, including: Television Playhouse (1957); A World Inside BBC (1962); ITV Play of the Week (two stories � The Gentle Assassin (1962) and I Can Walk Where I Like Can't I? (1964); the BBC's Wind Versus Polygamy (1968); ITV's A Fear of Strangers (1964), in which he played Ramsay, a black saxophonist and small-time criminal who is detained by the police on suspicion of murder and who is also racially abused by a Chief Inspector Dyke played by Stanley Baker; Festival: the Respectful Prostitute (1964); ITV Play of the Week � The Death of Bessie Smith (1965); Theatre 625: The Minister (1965); The Great Kandinsky (1994); and two episodes of Thirty-Minute Theatre (Anything You Say 1969 and another in 1971).