The City of Hamilton today [Oct 4] confirmed that board members discussed changing the name of the City Hall Theatre to the Earl Cameron Theatre, and said that a “formal announcement” will be issued within coming days.
Earl Cameron is a legendary figure who broke down many racial barriers as a black actor in the British film scene during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Born in Bermuda in 1917, his career has spanned several decades and over sixty films and television programs.
Mr Cameron and his wife with Premier Paula Cox in 2010:
He moved to Britain prior to World War Two and after a career on London’s West End stage made his film debut in the well-received thriller “Pool of London” in 1950 — becoming one of the first black actors to star in a British movie.
By the mid-1950s Mr. Cameron was an established star in the UK and he worked steadily in movies, the theatre and in television.
He appeared in dozens of films and episodic TV shows and starred with Sean Connery in the 1965 ‘Thunderball’ playing Pinder, the British secret service’s Head of Station in the Bahamas.
He also portrayed African dictator Edmond Zuwanie in the 2005 movie ‘The Interpreter‘ alongside Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. The film trailer is below.
In 2007 the Bermuda International Film Festival presented him with its Prospero Award for lifetime achievement in cinema, and in 2009 he was named as a Commander of the British Empire for services to the dramatic arts.
In 2010 – when he was 93 – Mr Cameron said: “When some people do 9-5 jobs I can understand them wanting to retire to a degree, but artists from whatever field should feel free to carry on.
“Films often needs someone to play the part of a very old man, and I’ve just lost the chance to play the lead in a film set in Kenya which I would have loved to have done. And it makes sense to get an actor, who is still alive and kicking – like me – instead of using make-up.
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